With over a million cases being reported, diabetes is becoming a serious health issue in the UAE with lifestyle and junk food being the main cause of this disease.
Avivo Group’s New National Medical Centre in Abu Dhabi hosted a painting competition ‘Spread the Blue’ – for schoolchildren as part of its initiative to create early awareness on fighting diabetes and highlighting the role of junk foods in rising incidents of diabetes.
Over a hundred children in the age groups of 4-7 and 8-10 years participated in the ‘Spread the Blue Competition’ from seven schools in Abu Dhabi. Participating schools were Emirates Future International Academy, Bright Riders School, Dunes International School, Model School, St. Joseph School, Sun Rise School, and Global Indian School.
Dr. Dilshaad Ali, Chief Executive Officer of Avivo Group said, “We are pleased to see great interest among teachers, students and their parents in our ‘Spread the Blue’ painting competition. The reason we chose school children is that they learn about the causes of this chronic disease at an early stage and avoid unhealthy food habits.”
Avivo Group is one of the fastest growing healthcare service providers in the GCC and its New National Medical Centre is a multiple-speciality medical centre in the Mussafah residential area.
Dr. Ravipreet Singh, General Manager, Avivo Group Abu Dhabi said, “We are delighted to engage school children by organising ‘Spread the Blue’ competition in Abu Dhabi. The response was great from schools as well as from students and parents.”
Thirteen children won and the winners of the competition were announced at the inauguration of an art gallery by Dr. Ravipreet Singh along with Dr Shabbir Hussain, Medical Director, New National Medical Centre.
All the paintings will be displayed at the art gallery, which is open to the public at New National Medical Centre in Mussafah, Abu Dhabi. Many guests visited the gallery, including teachers, school management, students and parents.
Symptoms of diabetes
• Increased thirst and urination
• Increased hunger
• Blurred vision
• Numbness or tingling in the feet or hands
• Sores that do not heal
• Unexplained weight loss