Abu Dhabi’s Ministry of Health launches ‘Ma’kom in Ramadan’ health promotion program


The Health Education and Promotion Department of Abu Dhabi’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has launched the ‘Ma’kom in Ramadan’ program, which aims to highlight the most important healthy habits and food practices that have to be maintained in the Holy Month, raise health awareness of community members, and help them opt for healthy foods.

The program includes the ‘Gym with You’ initiative, which sees personal trainers and sports coaches deliver online fitness and physical training classes; public health online workshops; healthy meals and recipes prepared by social media influencers (including the ‘Cooking with chef Ma’kom’ initiative which highlights the healthy ways of cooking Ramadan meals) and special competitions for the Holy Month.

Dr Hussein Abdel Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Under-Secretary for Health Clinics and Centres, said this programme is part of the Ministry’s commitment to enhancing people’s awareness about the importance of embracing healthy lifestyles during Ramadan through focusing on healthy nutrition and physical exercise.

Dr Al Rand stressed that healthy eating is one of the most important factors for enhancing the immunity system and preventing diseases, especially during these challenging times.

Dr Fadila Mohamed Sherif, Director of Health Education & Promotion Department, explained that the program aims to cement healthy concepts among the individuals and highlight the importance of maintaining a balanced diet, low-calorie meals, Suhoor, and physical activity, and quitting smoking.

In addition, the program is providing tips about opting for healthy meals and drinks rather than sweetened and carbonated beverages to avoid indigestion and weight gain.

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