Thailand comes up with non-communicable disease prevention
Physical activity has been emphasised by the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) as a mean to tackle noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
In collaboration with its partners, such as the Ministry of Public Health, Thailand Physical Activity Knowledge Development Centre (TPAK), and Mahidol University, ThaiHealth organised the Thailand Physical Activity Conference 2022 (TPAC2022), which took place at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre on Monday (January 30).
TPAC 2022 aims to promote the “Integrating knowledge for physical activity regeneration” campaign, said Advisor to ThaiHealth Dr Udomsil Srisaengnam.
“ThaiHealth, now in its twentieth-second year, has been working to promote wellbeing of Thai society on all fronts: physical, mental, social, and intellectual,” he said.
Dr Prasit Watanapa, Advisor to the Faculty of Medicine at Mahidol University's Siriraj Hospital, advised people to monitor their body mass index (BMI), avoid unhealthy foods and beverages, engage in regular exercise, drink more water (3.7 litres for men and 2.7 litres for women), get enough sleep, and use technology to develop healthy habits.
According to statistics, around 24.7% of people in the working age range (30-69) have NCDs, which causes premature death, resulting in around 139 billion in government expenses, said Udom Asawutmangkul, Director of the Division of Physical Activity and Health.
“Physical activities are the key to enhancing good health and preventing the NCDs diseases. ThaiHealth is pushing a national plan that aims to promote physical activities in the country” Udom added.