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7th Healthy Lifestyle Anniversary Celebration Opening Program, Bayawan City
February 11, 2011
Rizal Park, Bayawan City

The Doxology by Saint Augustine Academy students (ABSE-Augustinian Bayawan Enssemble) with teacher-trainor, Arlan Entac

7th Healthy Lifestyle Anniversary Celebration Opening Program, Bayawan City
February 11, 2011
Rizal Park, Bayawan City

Since 2006-2009, hypertensive stroke has been the leading cause of death. For every 3 long- term (at least 5 years) hypertensive and/or diabetic clients subjected to the most basic kidney function test like micral test or urinalysis, 1 would emerge having such abnormalities as having blood, sugar or protein in the urine. Each time a mobile laboratory-clinic is deviced for those who would not leave a market stall, commercial vehicles, the streets, or any sort of livelihood sites over a basic health check; a considerable number is often shock and caught unaware of having elevated blood pressure or blood sugar levels.All these are only a few of the health data and health behaviors existent in Bayawan City prompting its health workers to strengthen the implementation of its Healthy Lifestyle Program.
Last February 11, 2011 the opening program for the city's 7th Healthy Lifestyle Program Anniversary celebration was held. This event was attended by no less than the Department of Health Assistant Secretary for Public Health, Dr. Nemesio T. Gako; the city mayor, Hon. Rene G. Gaudiel; the city vice-mayor, Hon. Ismael P. Martinez; the Sta-Bayabas District Health System chairperson, Board Member Peve O. Ligan;the Integrated Barangay Health System consultant, Dr. Fidencio G. Aurelia;the full force of the Bayawan City Health Office headed by City Health Officer I, Dr. Edalin L. Dacula;the Rotary Club of Tolong headed by the current president, Rtn. Rafael Lazaro; the school administrator of the Negros Oriental State University (Bayawan-Sta. Catalina campus), Dr. Letecia C. Trayvilla with her staff and students; the Bayawan College staff and students also headed by their principal Mr. Uldarico Olivar; the Saint Augustine Academy students headed by Mr. Arlan Entac; the Department of Education Family with Mrs. Flaviana F. Benedian; the Senior Citizens Association officers and members headed by their federation president, Mr. Jesus Villarmente;the Character First! Movement headed by its president Bro.Joel Fortugaleza and co-officer Imam Saidali S. Paco;and the Barangay Health Workers headed by their federation president, Mrs. Elsie V. Locsin.The student councils of various high school institutions, being soon to be the next leaders and decision-makers for the city, were among those who attended.
The event was started with a healing mass celebrated by Rev. Father Francisco Bomediano at the Sto. Tomas de Villanueva Parish Church.The formal opening for the month-long anniversary celebration then followed shortly at the Rizal Park (city plaza). The opening program primarily cast the intended messages and learnings through a couple of talks given by Dr's Nemesio T. Gako and Fidencio G. Aurelia. Dr. Gako reaffirmed that lifestyle diseases have been the leading causes of mortality in most part of the country and the world. He cited that aside from experiencing loss of a loved one, families also go through enormous financial difficulties and strained relationships with the rise of of these diseases. He also stressed that prevention of these diseases is doable and lies in the hand of each one through leading a healthy lifestyle. Dr.Aurelia in his talk, on the other hand, brought the audience's mind to the humble beginnings of the city's Healthy Lifestyle Program as well as to the milestones it has reached and achieved. He also particularly thanked most of the audience ( as enumerated above out of gratitude) for their undying support to the program.
The Opening ceremonies also brought the "Healthy Lifestyle Program At Your Service" outreach activity.This activity provided the amenities needed for one to try and/or continue executing a basic health check. The free services rendered include weighing and BMI determination;blood sugar testing;oral exam and tooth extraction;blood pressure-taking;blood typing;management of significant laboratory results; and health classes on: smoking and smoking cessation, stress management, and exercise.
Apart from the above activities, an evaluation for the re-validation of the city's DOH-proclaimed healthy places was also conducted by Dr.'s Gako and Aurelia, the Healthy Lifestyle Program Secretariat, and the media. This team were able to visit one of the healthy schools, the Bayawan City Central Elementary School; the healthy prison (Bayawan District Jail), the sanitary landfill and the waste water treatment facility.
The entire event was a huge success and was a message boldly saying "Healthy Lifestyle is the sure way to health!"

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Oct 20 2011 06:22 GMT hepbaya1
This space may be mainly intended for viewers who wish to share their thoughts and insights about the above subject; but may I, as program coordinator of REDCOP, Healthy Lifestyle Program, and Health Promotion Program, use this as well, to bring our advocacy to full circle by sharing OPPORTUNITIES FOR SPONSORSHIP. The initiatives above are all meaningless unless sustained and maybe, expanded. Sustainability and expansion are quite a challenge to us, now that the city's IRA (Internal Revenue Allotment),a funding from the national government for various local projects, will be decreased by about 90 Million starting 2012.I find it imperative then, to also source out some needed supplies and equipment, rather than just make do of what may be given to us which most likely would lead to diminished service delivery. While 7 out of ten deaths in my place-and for sure in many parts of the country and the world as well- are caused by lifestyle diseases, may I knock on your kind heart and share us some supplies and equipment, as we are determined to continue and advance the programs and projects that will address these health problems which we just can't close our eyes upon.

People we so know- loved ones, colleagues, neighbors die just like that because of hypertensive stroke. In Bayawan City, not less than 20 people die every year due to stroke/ hypertension, way too high compared to the number of death caused by any dreaded disease in the city; note that dengue, H1N1,diarrhea often have zero mortality per year). In thinking about how to stop this, one would have to wonder what causes the bloating of lifestyle diseases and mortalities associated with it ; still, local data are unavailable. The city right now, on this particular issue, just practically rides on research results produced by WHO (World Health Organization) and it is a relief that WHO has published about the 3 major risks factors predisposing individuals to lifestyle diseases like hypertension and diabetes. These factors include physical inactivity, smoking, and high cholesterol intake.With these WHO data, the health problem then is so definitely identified and it is just fitting to pursue definite courses of actions;and so, capitalizing on these research results, lifestyle disease prevention has been actively pursued in the city in the past 7 years. Massive IECs on exercise, smoking and proper diet, and integration of fitness program into the constituency's daily routine ( thanks to Civil Service Commission Secretary Francisco Duque, III, former DOH Secretary who worked for the integration of Fitness Program For Employees into the Civil Service Commission Programs which made it possible for us to create a norm for fitness in the city) are the actions taken to particularly address the above risk factors. Specific accomplishments (task-based) in this area include:

-daily HATAW activity for employees and general constituency (trend:number of attendees is significantly increasing; our next step: integration of same fitness program in every private company, including the institutionalization of basic health check like BP-Taking, hemogluco test etc. within the office, action planning by private companies within the city will be initiated soon, God willing which will be followed with BP-taking, blood sugar testing training-this is being dreamed of, since, despite having good medical insurances,many employees of private companies, especially high-ranking personnel were shocked of their elevated blood sugar levels and BP readings in the past REDCOP screening activities)
-distribution of DVDs/CDs of exercise instructional materials (Zumba & Hip Hop Abs so far; distributed not less than 200 copies)
-fabrication of giant IEC material on smoking & Healthy Lifestyle (mounted at strategic sites); 2 pcs in 2011, 1pc in 2010
-distribution of "WELCOME TO OUR NO SMOKING HOME" stickers (500 pcs.) and FCAP/Bloomberg "NO SMOKING" stickers ( not less than 700 pcs.); and this is increasing with the new coordinative efforts with Bayawan City Fire Department wherein NO SMOKING stickers are posted as part of their establishment inspection routine.
-holding of Healthy Lifestyle &Wellness Summit & health classes
-IEC on Smoking with all "Rice Subsidy Program" beneficiaries (not less than 3, 402 participants in small batches)
- Distribution of brochures on smoking, exercise, and stress management during strategic activities: smoking= 1,750 pcs., exercise=750 pcs., stress management= 500 pcs.since February 2011 and all these are still increasing
By looking at the things that we do,perhaps people with listening and kind hearts could now picture out the things that we need as we continue to bring into fulfillment the thing that we all cry out " Health For All", "Health In The Hands Of The People".

Believing that education changes the mind, make the heart submit and propels one to action, please help us sustain the education we are giving to clients. As of now these are the equipment/things which we need; please share a little:

1. DVD recordable, 16 x - 300 pcs. per year
2. Laptop - 2 units
3. LCD Projector- 2 units (with portable screen if possible)
4. T-shirts ( any color without print)= 200 pcs./year
5.Educational films (anti -smoking, healthy lifestyle)

...and other things which you deem useful in this endeavor.

Note: Quantity is unimportant. Please feel free to share what you can to save lives.

Please send supplies/vehicle to:

Sheenybel T. Luntao
Health Education & Promotions Section
City Health Office-LGU Bayawan City
6221 Bayawan City
Negros Oriental, Philippines