KUALA LUMPUR: Physical exercise could help in preventing and managing non-communicable diseases (NCDs), that viewed as comorbidities that increase risk of deaths in those with Covid-19 infection.
Organising chairman of the International Scientific Committee on Exercise Medicine Datuk Seri Jessy Lai said to prevent NCDs and in staying healthy, routine exercise is important.
Lai said the 5th World Conference on Exercise Medicine (WCEM) 2021 themed ‘Living with Covid-19, Changing Lifestyle Combating NCDs’ to be held virtually from Oct 29- Nov 2 will dwell in depth how exercise could help in maintaining good health.
She said the conference will feature 12 main categories with topics including exercise and the heart; exercise and cancer; exercise and the immune system; exercise and sociology; exercise and community approach; exercise and children and promotion on healthy lifestyle.
“The conference held in collaboration with Health Ministry will feature a special keynote lecture on Active Ageing by Member of Parliament for Pengerang, Johor, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said who initiated the 1st active ageing programme under her constituency in Malaysia.
“This year being our 5th consecutive year of our scientific programme, we did not deviate from our objective as in our discipline of exercise medicine but to fortify the effort collectively to stay safe,” she said, adding some 35 countries expected to participate in the conference.
Lai also suggested the housing developers in the country consider incorporating exercise clinics in their projects to encourage behavioural change and reduce the risk of developing NCDs.
She also advised people to stay fit by engaging in home-based exercises during this current movement control order.
For more information, please visit and register at www.wcem.com.my. – Bernama