Manulife drums importance of a healthy diet and lifestyle


One insurer turned the recent World Heart Day celebration into an opportunity to drum into its staff the importance of a good diet and lifestyle.

In its list of heart health-related activities, the team from Manulife Holdings Bhd injected programmes to educate staff on making healthy choices in their diet and consuming appropriate fats for various types of food.

They were also shown a healthy cooking demonstration by one of Asia’s health and wellness experts.

Group CEO/ED Mark Steven O’Dell said heart-related disease has still been the leading cause of death in Malaysia in the past decade, affecting even the younger groups.

“One sure way to a healthy heart is to exercise. Physical activities do not need to be complicated and daily steps lead to so many health benefits,” he said in a statement.

On Sept 26, close to 100 Manulife staff took part in an hour-long cardio- vascular workout session conducted by a fitness instructor.

Throughout the day, free health checks by medical personnel and a selfie contest with giveaways were also arranged for them.

On Sept 29, when the world celebrated World Heart Day, Manulife once again joined hands with PeopleGiving by Manulife to challenge participants to complete 10,000 steps in an event called Walk2Inspire.

Besides encouraging people to lead an active lifestyle, seven Manulife senior management personnel pledged to raise funds for two heart-related organisations — the National Stroke Association of Malaysia and IJN Foundation.

Manulife, which is part of Canada-based Manulife Financial Corp, is listed on Bursa Malaysia. Its subsidiaries are Manulife Insurance Bhd, Manulife Asset Management Services Bhd and Manulife Insurance Labuan Ltd. — TMR