the Bayawan City Healthy Lifestyle Society Prime Movers reciting the pledge of commitment as led by DOH Assistant Secretary for Public Health, Dr. Nemesio T. Gako
THE 1ST CITY-WIDE MULTI-SECTORAL HEALTHY LIFESTYLE & WELLNESS SUMMIT which was done on April 6 & 7, 2010 at the Annex Function Hall, Bayawan City, Negros Oriental, Philippines to highlight the World Health Day & World Earth Day celebration with the theme: “
Enhancing Healthy Lifestyle Initiatives: Neighborhood Family Health Care & Wellness Program Through the Years”
This health summit was conceptualized amidst the worsening of global warming problem and the rampant “commercialization” of health care. The primary goal of this activity was to open our people’s eyes of how these two have complicated the existing health problems and to lay out enabling alternatives for adaptive coping. To be specific, such was an exercise of people empowerment towards internal reforms that would bring desired results often described as “reduced health cost-better health outcome”.
Talks that would raise concern for the environment and appreciation of Primary Health Care as a practical health strategy towards affordable, universal and efficient health care system were delivered. All these talks pointed out to the need to go back to the basics which specifically meant “leading a healthy lifestyle”, a lifestyle which would maintain balance not only within the human health systems, but also in the entire ecosystem. Topics delivered include the following:
The Dynamics of Pollution & Environmental Degradation by Mr. Allan Dinampo, PICAPI Vice-President (Pollution Control Association of the Philippines, Inc.), Central Visayas
The Significance Of Healthy Streets by Mr. Roland Ramos, District Head, Land Transportation Office, Dumaguete City
The Significance Of PD 856 (Sanitation Code of the Philippines) by Vivencio B. Ediza, Engineer III, DOH Center for Health Development, Central Visayas
UPDATES: Tobacco Regulation by Atty. Josefina Buena seda, Chief Legal Consultant, FCAP (Framework Convention on Tobacco Control Alliance, Philippines)
Sustainable Work Life Ecosystem Balance by Fidencio G. Aurelia, M.D., M.H.A., Consultant, Healthy City Promotion, Development & Wellness Program, Bayawan City
Character First!: Wellness Behind the Twelve Little Things by Mr. Ritchie Mortillero, member Character First! Program Technical Working Group, Bayawan City
Community-Based Healthy Lifestyle Maintenance Program by Mr. Johnny Khong Hun, President,Salinas Foods, Inc.
The Significance of Neighborhood Family Health Care & Wellness Program by Fidencio L. Aurelia,M.D.,
CREATE Health: 4 H Club (Bayawan City) Best Practices by Mrs. Reesa Y. Toledo, Youth Development Officer I, 4 H Club, Bayawan City
Not less than 450 participants came and participated. These participants include the officers and members of the Rotary Club Of Tolong, the civic group that set the city in a working mode for some healthy city and healthy barangay initiatives; the Bayawan Ibayaw Jaycees, another prominent group that has been regularly involved in the city’s nutrition program initiatives; the DEPED family, the youth sector,; the Senior Citizens Association officers and members; the Women’s Association (KALIPI, Kalipunan Ng Mga Liping Pilipina); Farmer’s Association; Mother’s Association, Walking Blood Donors; transportation groups; differently able persons, focal persons and awardees under the city’s Healthy Places Initiatives; church leaders, and health workers.
Aside from the talks and teachings given by resource speakers, learning was fortified and made more enriching by the messages given by Dr. Susana K. Madarieta, Center for Health Development, Central Visayas Regional Director, and Dr. Nemesio T. Gako, Assistant Secretary for Public Health. The presence of a team to do weighing, BP-taking, Blood Sugar Testing and oral exam also provided an opportunity for participants to execute, experience and cultivate health-seeking behaviors crucial for health maintenance. Teachings on rest, relaxation & stress management were also well emphasized in this event through the inclusion of the mass exercise, and the spa & massage to be performed as group activities and the magic performed as an intermission number.
In general, the event has not only raised consciousness on matters that have impact on one’s health, but also generated a group called “ Bayawan City Healthy Lifestyle Society Prime Movers”, a body envisioned to get things done as the city continues to advance its Healthy Lifestyle Program for optimum wellness amidst challenging environment.
Thanks to all those who, in one way or the other, made themselves (with their talents and resources) available in the interest of increasing enabling opportunities for people to have better health in their own hands.