MoHAP launches 3rd phase of ‘Healthy Work Environment’ initiative

DUBAI, 6th March, 2019 (WAM) — The Ministry of Health and Prevention, MoHAP, represented by Health Education and Promotion Department, has launched the third phase of “Healthy and Positive Work Environment” initiative for the year 2019.

The initiative serves government directions to achieve happiness and positivity. It targets the employees of 15 federal and local government entities across the country, where 1,000 employees will be examined by the necessary basic medical tests.

The initiative seeks to create a supportive and healthy environment to help employees adopt healthy habits and lifestyles as well as increase their health awareness. It also contributes to reducing non-communicable diseases and encouraging the employees to perform regular check-ups, through the services provided by MoHAP, more importantly, services of ‘Itmenan’ initiative.

“Healthy and Positive Work Environment” initiative managed, through first and second phases 2017 and 2018, to target the employees of 25 federal and local government entities across the country. Around 2,500 employees from Dubai and Northern Emirates participated in the programme, while the average age of the participants was 37 years.

The results of the year 2018 showed that most employees have regular weight. The percentage of the employees who are enjoying regular weight was 56.5 percent. On the other hand, the percentage of the employees who are suffering from weight gain or obesity was 33.9 percent. With regards to blood pressure results, the percentage of those who are suffering from high blood pressure was 10.2 percent, considering that the blood pressure test has been performed three consecutive times for every employee, in order to make sure of the accuracy of the results.

Commenting on the launch of this year’s initiative, Dr. Hussein Abdel-Rahman Al-Rand, Under-Secretary of the Ministry’s Health Assistant Sector, Health Centres and Clinics, said that the third phase will boost further the gains made during the successful first and second phases, which achieved positive outcomes that contributed to changing the employees’ behaviour towards a healthy lifestyle.

This programmes falls under the activities and events of the national initiative “Raise Awareness About Healthy Lifestyle” in line with MOHAP’s strategy to provide a comprehensive and integrated healthcare in innovative and sustainable ways to prevent the spread of diseases in the society, and also to improve outcomes of the national indicators of the healthy lifestyles, so as to achieve the objectives of health role in the National Agenda for UAE Vision 2021.

Dr. Al Rand shed the light on the importance of the awareness programmes launched regularly by the ministry, the effective and proactive contribution to achieving the best outcomes in terms of reinforcing the daily attitude in accordance with healthy lifestyles, the matter that serves government directions to achieve happiness and positivity in the work environment.

This will positively affect the institution and the performance of employees by focusing on healthy lifestyles, which protect them from chronic diseases, such as diabetes, blood pressure, obesity, and depression. Moreover, these programmes focus on physical activity in the work environment, eating a healthy diet, quitting smoking and facing work pressure.

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