Spreading diabetes awareness one kilometer at a time

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    EVERYONE has the chance to step up in solidarity for their friends and family with diabetes, according to Amal Makhloufi, Sanofi Philippines country lead.

    A simple gesture of raising awareness, getting the word out to help people better understand the disease, and the risk factors behind it can go a long way in the prevention and management of diabetes, Makhloufi also said.

    If people actively promote an active and well-balanced lifestyle, “this will play a major role in reducing the prevalence of chronic disease in the coming years,” she stressed.

    To raise further awareness on the impact of diabetes and promote healthier lifestyles, Sanofi is launching its first-ever Step Up For World Diabetes Day Virtual Run 2020 in partnership with Takbo.ph.

    Makhloufi believes that spreading awareness one kilometer at a time, one day at a time, one person at time can make a big difference.

    Interested participants can register at Takbo.ph until November 30 only. Upon signing up, they may choose which race they would like to participate in: 15k, 30k, 50k, and 100k.

    Using Strava, Nike or Garmin is recommended to record and keep track of the time. Ensure that the time and distance will be indicated when using a treadmill, and follow health and safety measures when running outdoors.

    As for the Tiktok Virtual Run Challenge, register on #StepUp4WDD Virtual Run via https://app.takbo.ph/all-races/step-up-virtual-run-2020. Post a video while running on TikTok and tag five friends to join.

    Use this caption upon posting: I pledge to #StepUp4WDD in the fight against diabetes. I challenge @name1 @name2 @name3 @name4 @name5 to join.

    Lastly, use the following hashtags upon posting: #WorldDiabetesDay #SanofiPH #PanatangSanofi #DiabetesYourType.

    At the “Healthier/PH Session: Step Up For World Diabetes Day” virtual session of movers, advocates, experts, and health champions, Makhloufi said that there are about 3.7 million diabetic Filipinos, and this number is expected to double in the next five years.

    She pointed out that only 34 percent are diagnosed, 27 percent are treated, and only 11 percent are on insulin. Among those treated, less than 50 percent are able to manage or control their disease.

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