Under the continued patronage of H H Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC) in Abu Dhabi hopes to engage more than 20,000 participants in its Walk 2018, the annual wellness event which highlights the benefits of healthier lifestyle choices across the emirates.
The walk is supported by the Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (DoH) and Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC).
Now in its 12th year, Walk 2018 will take place at Yas Marina Circuit on November 16 from 2pm. People of all ages are invited to join the 5km wellness walk.
ICLDC, in collaboration with other members of Mubadala’s network of healthcare providers, including Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi and Healthpoint, will host a range of activities, including Zumba demonstrations, trampolines, bubble football, gladiator challenges, badminton and fitness sessions.
“Walk 2018 harnesses the power of the Abu Dhabi community to proactively address the increasing incidence of diabetes in the UAE, taking positive steps together to embrace wellbeing through active lifestyle choices,” said Lawrence Patrick, chief executive officer at Imperial College London Diabetes Centre (ICLDC).
“Attracting a wider and more engaged audience every year, Walk 2018 is the most visible and engaging element of ICLDC’s efforts to build awareness on prevention and management of diabetes, including the need for regular physical activity, balanced diet choices, and healthy weight management. We look forward to welcoming you to Walk 2018 on Friday, November 16.”
According to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), more than one million people in the Emirates live with diabetes, and the prevalence of diabetes in the UAE is increasing faster than in the other Gulf states and worldwide.
Authorities anticipate that the number of people with diabetes in the UAE will double to 2.2 million by 2040.
“Our collaboration with ICLDC on Walk 2018 underscores our commitment towards achieving our vision of a healthier Abu Dhabi. We are proud to work alongside ICLDC to further develop a sustainably healthy and engaged community in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, and take responsibility for positive lifestyle choices such as regular physical activity and balanced diet choices. Together, we can take steps toward a future with fewer of the social and economic challenges caused by chronic diseases, including diabetes,” said H E Mohamed Al Hameli, Undersecretary of Department of Health Abu Dhabi (DoH).
“Awareness and action are among the most powerful tools to address the public health challenge posed by diabetes, and we are resolute supporters of Walk 2018 as a platform which delivers both of these beneficial outcomes for the UAE community,” said Aref Hamad Al Awani, general secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC).
Participants can register for Walk 2018 at https://www.premieronline.com/event/walkon2018. Entry fee is AED10 per person for participants aged 16 and above.