Majority of Philippines’ workforce leads largely sedentary lifestyles, putting each at risk of obesity.
This is according to the Nutrition At Work Survey conducted last March with 5,500 full-time workers in 11 Asia-Pacifi markets, including 500 workers from the Philippines. The survey, released by global nutrition company Herbalife, was designed to understand the lifestyle habits and attitudes of Asia Paficic’s modern workforce.
To summarize, the survey reveals that almost nine out of 10 (85%) workers in the Philippines spend at least six hours a day sitting at their desk, with 52% of its workforce eating lunch at their work desk two to five times per week. The survey findings also stresses that majority of Philippines’ workforce (86%) exercise less than three times per week, with five out of 10 getting less than 30 minutes of physical activity a day at their workplace.
This suggests a significantly worrying trend locally, on the back of rising obesity rates recorded in recent years.
The risk of obesity can be prevented if these workers decide to take control over their own nutritional intake and exercise regimen. In fact, close to eight out of 10 workers (75%) affirmed that they strive to live a healthy, active life, however, the majority of them noted that they find it difficult to stay active during workdays.
As a global nutrition company, Herbalife, aims to help people in the Philippines take practical steps towards leading healthy, active lives. By inculcating positive nutrition and active lifestyle habits, Herbalife hopes that over time, these working people reduce obesity risks and live a healthy life.
Very timely as well that the company launched its fifth Asia Pacific Wellness Tour 2016. The latest edition of the Wellness Tour, held in the months of April and May, builds upon the successes of the past four tours that welcomed more than 80,000 participants across the region. This year, a number of medical symposiums, talks and workshops are lined up led by Herbalife’s Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB). 26 cities across Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Macau, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam are covered.
Rounding up the team of Herbalife NAB experts are:
- David Heber, chairman of the Herbalife Nutrition Institute and Nutrition Advisory Board. A leading expert in the field of nutrition, named as one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” by Thomson Reuters in 2014 and repeatedly included in “The Best Doctors in America”.
- Chin-Kun Wang, an expert in metabolism and nutrition, with a focus on the clinical evaluation of nutritional supplements, nutraceuticals, functional foods and herbs. He was awarded the National Award of Biomedicine in Taiwan in 2008 for his contribution to medical education.
- Julian Alvarez Garcia, a specialist in sports medicine and sports physiology who has advised professional teams, national teams and individual athletes on a range of disciplines including weightlifting, triathlons, mountain biking, football and basketball.
- Darren Burgess, an expert in sports science and nutrition who has authored papers in multiple peer review journals. He is also the current Head of High Performance at Port Adelaide Football (AFL) Club, and the former Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Liverpool Football Club.
- NatanielViuniski, an expert in pediatrics and nutrition who has authored “Childhood Obesity – A Practical Guide”. He is also currently an advisor to Brazil’s Health and Education Ministry for Childhood Obesity.
- Francis Gregory Samonte, one of the Philippines’ premier experts in pediatric neurology, and the first Filipino appointed to the NAB. He was a recipient of the Chairman’s Achievement Award from the University of Louisville, Kentucky’s Department of Pediatrics.
The NAB experts are also joined by Dr. Luigi Gratton, Herbalife’s vice president of nutrition education and development, who has written numerous articles on nutrition and obesity, and has appeared on television speaking on nutrition, anti-aging medicine, sports nutrition and other medical topics.
Just recently, Gary Small, M.D. has visited the country and shared his expert views on digital dementia and brain aging at the “A Smart Way to Healthy Aging: A Talk by Gary Small, M.D.” event. Dr. Small, a specialist in brain health and aging, has authored over 500 scientific works and received numerous awards and honors, including the “Senior Investigator Award” from the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.
On his visit Dr. Small addressed health and nutrition related issues associated with sedentary lifestyles and shared practical tips on how today’s workforce can live healthier lives by making simple changes to their daily lifestyles. Health and medical professionals, academics, as well as the general public have also engaged in lively dialogues with Dr. Small during the event, and had the chance to network with like-minded professionals through the Herbalife Asia-Pacific Wellness Tour platform.
The optimistic General Manager of Herbalife Philippines, Mr. Rosalio Valenzuela, hopes that “With each new edition of the Wellness Tour, we are seeing an increasing number of people gain practical knowledge to lead better lives. We hope that that this year’s Tour will further empower people to take charge of their nutritional intake and exercise regimen, so that they can enjoy the full benefits of a healthy, active life.”
Herbalife is a global nutrition company that has been changing people’s lives with great products since 1980. They are committed to addressing the global obesity epidemic by offering high-quality products, one-on-one coaching with a Herbalife Member and a community that inspires customers to live a healthy, active life.