A healthy heart is the foundation for overall health and wellbeing. When our heart is healthy we are able to make the most of the opportunities that life has to offer and to play a full and active part in family, community and working life.

Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doktor Awang Haji Zulkarnain bin Haji Hanafi, Minister of Health emphasised the matter in a message on the occasion of World Heart Day 2016 with the theme ‘Creating Heart-healthy Environments’. Yang Berhormat said, despite significant advances in medical care particularly of acute events such as heart attacks and strokes, in 2014 there were 408 deaths from cardiovascular diseases, CVDs in Brunei Darussalam. It continues to remain a leading cause of death in Brunei Darussalam. Creating enabling environments that support health and well-being and making healthy choices the default choice is the key to reducing the risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Through appropriate health-promoting environments, CVDs are largely preventable. It can be controlled with appropriate diet and physical activity. A sedentary lifestyle, obesity, tobacco exposure, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and unhealthy diets are all examples of modifiable risk factors.

Yang Berhormat added never is it more truly than here that prevention is better than cure. 80% of premature deaths from cardiovascular deaths can be prevented by three simple measures namely eat less and eat wisely, do at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity five times a week, and stop smoking. According to Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doktor Awang Haji Zulkarnain, together with other partners, in line with “Creating heart-healthy environments” have been addressing the challenges of unhealthy lifestyles through various frameworks including the Brunei Darussalam Multisectoral Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases 2013 – 2018. The Minister of Health also reiterated its ministry’s commitment to tackling Non-Communicable Diseases and supports the national effort to prevent and reduce excess weight. Yang Berhormat urged the public to work with the ministry by taking responsibility for their lifestyle choices. Health is everyone’s business and together we can build a healthy Brunei Darussalam.

Source: Radio Television Brunei