By: Group 12 of the BAC Apprentices
On Friday, the 24th of September 2021, the BAC Work Different team collaborated with Ms Nursyafiqah, a dietician from Pantai Hospital Klang, to host an hour-long online webinar event. This event was held from 4pm to 5pm and addressed the topic of Diet and Diabetes: The Best Way to Enjoy Food. Ms Nursyafiqah was invited as the key speaker, to provide information on diabetes and answer common questions that the participants may have regarding this growing concern.
The purpose of this event was to educate the participants and increase awareness on concerns surrounding diabetes. Based on the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2019, there are approximately 3.9 million Malaysians living with diabetes. This significantly increases the percentage from 13.4% in 2015, to 18.3% in 2019, bringing the equivalent to every 1 in 5 adults in the country. These numbers have earned Malaysia the title “Sweetest Nation in Asia”.
Hence, holding this webinar appeared to be vital in order to cultivate a sense of realisation and apprehention amongst members of the community. This talk was also held to put an end to certain common discriminations and stigmas, related to diabetes. Informative health related webinars like these, are very valuable because they not only help create a society that is more health conscious, but also educates through providing key and necessary information that people can use, to asses and better understand their medical concerns.
This interesting webinar reached approximately 40 participants, mostly consisting of the BAC Education Group’s employees. During the webinar, Ms Nursyafiqah managed to cover a few areas; what is diabetes, types of diabetes, concepts of diabetes, and common myths about diabetes. She also introduced diabetes as currently being one of the many major health problems in the world, with nearly 422 million people already diagnosed around the globe. Based on the numbers aforementioned, by 2025, it is expected that seven million Malaysian adults aged 18 and above, will develop diabetes.
The webinar received positive responses from the participants as they were fully engaged and eagerly asked questions throughout the session. The participants later agreed that they found the webinar content very useful.
On the whole, the webinar was very insightful and gave the participants a much needed opportunity, to gain knowledge on how to maintain healthy diets and lifestyles, in order to avoid diabetes and its many complications.