Healthy Lifestyle Components

A program launched by DOH and Salinas Corporation as their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in promoting healthy lifestyle to reduce prevalence of lifestyle diseases particularly cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases as the key for Saving Lives, Our Lives.

This program is composed of a series of healthy lifestyle activities to be conducted on a regular basis in a barangay level and to be participated by all residents of every barangay within a municipality. The activities incorporate the 5 key components of the Healthy Lifestyle program of the Department of Health.

What is Nigari Waza?

Do you know that the most natural movement upon waking up is to stretch? Our bodies are meant to move and the Nigari Waza is a set of postures in this manual that can be done at the crack of dawn. "Waza" is Japanese for technique. By practicing this thousand year old- base method of exercise regularly, one should be able to find an enjoyable and effective way to reduce stress, avoid mental and physical tension, and cultivate an inner spiritual strength.

The Nigari Waza has roots coming from the ancient traditions of Tai Chi, Yoga and the considerably young discipline of Aikido. Combined in a series of poses, it is a useful tool to achieve a source of calmness and invigoration throughout the day. The objective of this system of motion is to re-activate an energy boost from within without being exhaustive. It will not necessarily make you lose weight but it will definitely make you sweat.

In doing movements, precision and stability should be considered as opposed to speed. By doing so, the original vitality of the body is released, which is the factor that conquers disease and helps attain long-term health. Ultimately, you choose what stance to practice that best suits your needs at a particular time. The goal is not to master all but to be well-versed with what you find beneficial.

The Nigari Waza is not intended to make you conform to a particular standard of fashionable physique. It can be done by anyone. All you need is an ample floor space and 25 minutes of your time. If you're normally busy in the morning, you can divide the sequence into two parts, one before you go to work and the other when you get home.

Why Introduce Nigari Waza

According to a study done by the DOH in 1998, statistics show that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) like Cardio-vascular Disease (CVD), Diabetes and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) hold ranks in the top 10 of the major causes of deaths and disabilities in the Philippines. Some of the factors that have been found to contribute to the increase in the occurrence of NCDs are urbanization, poor nutrition coupled with sedentary lifestyle and smoking. So, what is the direct correlation between these known reasons and the incidence of NCDs?

Those people who live in highly urbanized areas are prone to develop cardio-vascular diseases. It's because they have embraced a fast-paced kind of day to day existence and have succumbed to living a highly stressed way of life. Stress is then known to be one of the causes of cardiovascular diseases like hypertension which could then eventually result to stroke.

Another perilous reality today deals with our diet and immobility. Processed food and modern transportation provides great conveniences but not necessarily healthy lifestyles. Due to high salt or fat intake combined with lack of physical activity, the prevalence of obesity has risen, thus increasing the incidence of diabetes among city-dwellers. Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that silently creeps into our health status proving to accelerate the development of atherosclerosis or heart disease.

Age is not discounted to be a contributing factor to the stiffening of arteries causing lowered renal blood flow but the light at the end of the tunnel about NCDs and its causes despite one's age is that they are preventable. The key to battling NCDs and living a long and healthy life is to eat a balanced amount of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and to get the right amount of exercise. After all, an ounce of prevention is better than a liter of cure.

The Salinas Way of Life: Health and Wellness

Since 1993, Salinas Corporation has developed and maintained a partnership with the Department of Health (DOH). It responded to RA 8172 (ASIN LAW) in ending Iodine Deficiency Disorder (IDD) among many afflicted Filipinos through FIDEL Iodized Salt. FIDEL stands for Fortification and Iodine Deficiency Elimination. This year, in continuous quest to answer the problem of mineral deficiency affecting modern society today, Salinas Corporation commits itself to support Presidential Proclamation 958 (Declaration of 2005-2015 as a Decade of Healthy Lifestyle) by entering into a memorandum of Agreement with current DOH Secretary . F. Duque.

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