In support of Presidential Proclamation No. 958 declaring the years 2005 to 2015 as the Decade of Healthy Lifestyle, the JP2 Movement for Community Development Inc., in partnership with the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Health Care is advocating a Perfect 10 Healthy Lifestyle to prevent the four deadly non-communicable diseases caused by unhealthy practices: Cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic obstructive pulmonary ailment and diabetes.
Along the line, the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), through its Memorandum Circular No. No. 2009-177 urged all local chief executives to support the said advocacy campaign by encouraging their respective constituents to adopt the following simple steps to a Perfect 10 Healthy Lifestyle: 1) Eat a variety of nutritious foods everyday, with less salt, sugar and fats; 2) Drink 8 to 10 glasses of water daily; 3) Rest and sleep for 7 to 9 hours every night; 4) Breath clean air. Say no to smoking and prohibited drugs; 5) Exercise everyday and get enough sunlight. Be physically active and maintain normal weight; 6) Manage stress, relax and pray; 7) Maintain personal hygiene and good grooming; 8) Keep a clean household and practice waste management; 9) Consult a physician. Go for a healthy check-up; and 10) Be a role model. Give good examples. Take care of your family and friends.
“One of the first LGUs to adopt the “Healthy Lifestyle Advocacy” is that of Parañaque, under the care of Mayor Jun Bernabe. After introducing the basic concept, the city administration expanded its scope and sustained the effort towards its continuity.”, DILG Parañaque City Director Teresita Fababeir said.
The City boasts of the successful implementation of its Urban Health Equity Assessment and Response Tool (Urban H.E.A.R.T.) Program which continues to win acclaim from various sectors as it consistently makes its mark by making headway in closing gaps and correcting inequities in the delivery of health services in the community.
With this effective evaluation and response mechanism, the Parañaque Urban H.E.A.R.T. Team, headed by City Health Officer Dr. Olga Virtusio has been guided in the formulation of health policies that are intended to do away with unfair health conditions and promote equal access to services, equal utilization of health facilities, and equal quality care for all.
Promoting the health of its employees that they may be able to serve the constituents better, this local government unit regularly renders free FBS and cholesterol diagnostics, medical and dental check-ups, conducts health seminars and holds aerobic dance sessions for city personnel on Friday mornings. Mayor Jun Bernabe also issued Executive Order No. 018-09, series 2009 prohibiting smoking at the city hall and in all city government facilities and service vehicles.
For continuously introducing new concepts and innovations in health care, the Parañaque City Government copped the 2009 Galing Pook Award for Outstanding Local Governance; the 2008 Award for Healthy City with Good Dynamics and Award for Creative Development in Healthy Cities; and the 2006 Award for Progressive Cities with Great Potentials, all from the Alliance for Healthy Cities and the World Health Organization. (Public Information Office)