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Workshop puts spotlight on obesity prevention, fitness

 Staff Reporter

MUSCAT

The Ministry of Health (MoH), represented by the Department of Health Education and Awareness Programmes organised a training workshop for the health educators and nutritionists on obesity disease at Omani Women Association, Al Qurum, on Wednesday.

The training is part of the celebration of the World Obesity Day, marked annually on October 11.

The workshop under the theme: ‘Treat Obesity now and Avoid the Consequences Later’ was attended by Dr Said Al Lamki, MoH Director General of Primary Health Care, and Dr Amira Al Raidan, Director of Health Education and Awareness Programmes, along with number of nutrition specialists.

It aimed at raising the awareness on obesity disease and its causes, risks, prevention ways and treatment.

At the beginning of the workshop, Al Lamki pointed out to the role of the health educators and nutritionists in reducing and preventing the obesity disease. He also added that obesity is now considered as one of the main causes of chronic diseases.

The workshop also discussed several related topics including the role of school health in obesity control, nutrition education, physical activity, behavioural therapy, as well as smart shopping.