De Weever urges citizens to get regular checkups

POSTED: 10/9/12 12:59 PM

St. Maarten(DCOMM) – Health authorities throughout the Americas recently approved a new strategy that seeks a 25 per cent reduction by 2025 in deaths from non communicable diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases.
Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever, says he supports the strategy and that is why he has encouraged the “Get Checked” campaign.
“We must be proactive with our health and not just reactive. We don’t have to wait until one gets a heart attack to start eating healthy and exercising. We should all start today to be conscious of our health and improve it,” De Weever said yesterday.

The minister encourages citizens to get regular check-ups to identify the possible onset of diseases in an early stage.
According to the Pan American Health Organization meeting the 25 per cent target will save an estimated three million lives in the western hemisphere.
Diseases like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and chronic respiratory disease share several common risk factors, particularly tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, and harmful use of alcohol.
In the Americas, three of four people suffer from one of these diseases, and some 4.45 million die each year from them, representing 75 per cent of all deaths. Of these deaths, 1.5 million occur before age 70. They also account for the largest share of avoidable healthcare costs.

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