Sunday, September 28, 2014

Press Release: Walk-A-Mile: Advocating Healthy Hearts For 13 Years



Malaysia’s longest-running heart health walk attracts more than 2,000 Malaysians young and old

KUALA LUMPUR, 28th September 2014 — More than 2,000 participants comprising of individuals and families both young and old walked a mile (1.5km) towards healthier hearts at the 2014 World Heart Day Walk-A-Mile event, Malaysia’s longest-running walk for heart health advocacy, jointly organised by Yayasan Jantung Malaysia (YJM) and NESTLÉ® OMEGA PLUS®.

Held annually in conjunction with World Heart Day, the 2014 Walk-A-Mile event is currently running in its 13th consecutive year – its longevity making it the most supported and celebrated heart health walk event in Malaysia. Its success also marks the sustained and successful partnership between YJM and NESTLÉ® OMEGA PLUS®, having collaborated to co-organise the walk for the past 13 years.



Since 2001, participation has continued to grow from year to year. By utilising social media platforms such as Facebook for registration this year, Walk-A-Mile was able to double its number of participants from 1,200 participants in 2013 to over 2,000 participants in 2014! More importantly, the participants comprise of Malaysians young and old from all walks of life, and sees a significant number of families participating together.

The 2014 Walk-A-Mile is centred on the World Heart Day’s theme of ‘At the Heart of Health’, with the aim of raising awareness amongst Malaysians to adopt heart healthy lifestyles and make more careful decisions about their diet towards lowering bad cholesterol levels as well as ensuring that people are able to make heart-healthy choices wherever they live, work and play.

Pledging his support towards making heart-healthy choices, Yang Amat Berbahagia Tun Ahmad Sarji bin Abdul Hamid President, Yayasan Jantung Malaysia (YJM) officiated the event before proceeding to walk alongside the participants.



“As heart diseases have continued to rise through the years, it has become more critical than ever to advocate heart healthy lifestyles not only for ourselves but also to our family and friends,” said Tun Ahmad Sarji. “I believe strongly in the values behind the World Heart Day Walk-A-Mile because possessing knowledge sometimes is not enough. We must take action and small steps in our diet and activities to ensure our hearts are healthy until we grow old.”

Other notable guests who took part in the walk include Datuk Dr J.S. Sambhi, Chairman of YJM; Dato' Dr Rosli Mohd Ali, President, National Heart Association of Malaysia; and Mr. Alois Hofbauer, Region Head Nestlé Malaysia and Singapore.

Datuk Dr J.S. Sambhi, Chairman of YJM, underlined the growing risk of cardiovascular disease amongst Malaysians. “According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey 2011, statistics, Coronary Heart Disease is the no.1 killer in Malaysia, accounting for 25.4% of the total mortality rate. Hence, YJM believes that there needs to be a great urgency to cultivate environments where Malaysians can make healthier choices to mitigate risks of cardiovascular diseases. We find it highly encouraging that more than 2,000 have turned up today and hope to grow this cause in years to come,” he said.



This year’s Walk-A-Mile event concept was redesigned to provide participants a fresh and educational experience, which included fun facts and heart health tips along the route. In addition to the walk, a new Family Fun Route was introduced, whereby there were numerous games stations which were not only educational, but was also fun and engaging for the entire family to learn more about caring for their hearts.

“In line with NESTLÉ® OMEGA PLUS® mission to be the most trusted heart health advocator, the collaboration with YJM for this Walk-A-Mile event is a great opportunity to reach and empower Malaysians to take charge and care for their heart. Participating in today’s Walk-A-Mile event is already the first step in making a difference for our hearts. Small simple steps such as taking the stairs, cutting down on fried foods as well as drinking two glasses of NESTLÉ® OMEGA PLUS® daily to manage cholesterol goes a long way in caring for your heart” said Alois Hofbauer, Region Head Nestlé Malaysia and Singapore.

Participants were also treated to free health screenings, live stage performances, lucky draws, and free samples of NESTLÉ® OMEGA PLUS®, which contains ACTICOL® , plant sterols which is scientifically proven to lower blood cholesterol levels.

Mr. Hofbauer also presented a cheque from NESTLÉ® OMEGA PLUS® totalling RM30,000 to Datuk Dr J.S. Sambhi, Chairman of Yayasan Jantung Malaysia towards the continuous support on the efforts and dedication of YJM to the education of the public on heart health matters.

Held annually on 29th September, the World Heart Day is the largest global awareness and advocacy campaign on heart disease and stroke, and is celebrated in over 120 countries through organised events and media outreach programmes as it provides unique opportunity to position cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) at the heart of Malaysians’ priorities – in health and beyond.

For more information on Yayasan Jantung Malaysia (YJM) and NESTLÉ® OMEGA PLUS®, please visit http://www.yjm.org.my and https://www.facebook.com/NestleOmegaPlus. For more information on World Heart Day, visit http://www.world-heart-federation.org/.

Monday, September 22, 2014

MSIG Take It Easy: Train Well, Run Well & Get Covered Well



As a runner and blogger for more than 10 years in the Malaysia’s running scene, I have witnessed over the past years that many types of accidents can happen during the course. Below are some of the actual photos from my previous blog posts.



It is not my intention to scare you, but in reality, we need to protect ourselves against any unforeseen circumstances on event day.

If you are into distance running especially taking part in any organized running events from 5km, 10km, half marathon to full marathon, then MSIG Take It Easy Marathon Personal Accident Insurance is a must-buy product for you. It gives you protection for accidental death or injury whilst you enjoy your favourite pastime - running.

Here are some benefits of Take It Easy Marathon PA:

• Cheap – Premium as low as RM3.00 and can be upgraded for higher coverage plan of only RM5.00.

• Buy anytime using smart phones, tablets or PC.

• Cover starts 12 hours prior to the event official starting time. End 12 hours after completion of the event / reach home / 23:59:59 Malaysian time; whichever comes first

• Personal Accident covers Accidental Death of up to RM50,000

• Permanent Disablement of up to RM50,000

• Medical Expenses of up to RM3,000
Please visit www.takeiteasy.com.my for more info and to purchase your plan.

There are other lifestyle products such as Sports, Sports Travel, Balik Kampung and KL Marathon PA.

If you are running the coming Standard Chartered KL Marathon (SCKLM) 2014, here’s a special plan for you. MSIG Insurance, the Gold Sponsor of SCKLM are offering participants a one-day Personal Accident insurance coverage on Race Day which falls on October 12. It is available to runners who have registered for the Standard Chartered KL Marathon event.



Named the Take It Easy KL Marathon Personal Accident (PA) Insurance, the product is specially designed for distance running with the objective of encouraging runners like you to protect themselves against any unforeseen circumstances on event day.

The Take It Easy KL Marathon PA Insurance does not require any medical examination. For as low as RM3, you will be able to purchase the basic cover online. What is RM3, right? Your energy gel cost more than that!



If you choose the Upgrade Plan for only RM5*, you will be covered as well in the event of postponement or cancellation of SCKLM.



Runwitme Says:

As I will be running the Standard Chartered KL Marathon 2014, I have personally bought the plan. The website is so easy to use. It can be purchased anytime using a smart phone, tablet or PC. It takes NOT MORE than 10 minutes to purchase the plan with these easy steps -

Select your plan, select date, fill up your personal details (just a name, IC, email and phone number), confirm your billing and Viola -. You’re done. Don’t take much time so that you can focus on your training. :)

If you can manage the online transactions to book your race and flight tickets, why not add an additional step and surf over to www.takeiteasy.com.my and get yourself covered for your race?

Train well. Run well. Take it easy!

*Note: The insurance coverage will take effect once online payment transaction is successful.
*Terms & conditions apply

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Are You All Ready for the BOH Highlands Run?



Have you collected your run pack of BOH Highlands Run?

In less than a week’s time, you will be running along the beautiful and scenic trails of BOH’s Tea Plantation in Sungei Palas, Cameron Highlands in the first ever BOH Highlands Fun Run!



We have collected our run packs yesterday at Fitness First Centre @ Avenue K. Nice orange event tee, eh? (pic above).
Check out the goodies in our pack!



Don't worry if you missed the first run pack, you can still collect yours at the 2nd Run Pack Collection Day

Date : 27th September 2014, Saturday
Time : 10 am - 4 pm
Venue : BOH Sungei Palas Tea Centre, Jalan Gunung Brinchang, Cameron Highlands
Do bring along your IC and your run confirmation slip. If you are collecting the run pack(s) on behalf of others, you would need to present a photocopy IC of the participant(s) and their run confirmation slip for identification purposes. For those with minors, please bring along the signed consent form, which is part of the confirmation slip.

Don't forget to wear your wackiest hat to the run. There will be a ‘Mad Hatter Tea Party’ after the race where you get to drink free-flow of tea hosted by none other than BOH!



Maybe you can draw some inspirations from fashion icon/ pop superstar Lady Gaga. Who knows you might win one of the three prizes for the wackiest hats?



If you haven’t had the time to buy your wacky hats, on the day of the run itself, there will be a stall selling hats that may suit your tastes. So, bring some cash!

Adhering to the ‘Mad Hatter Tea Party’ theme, the crew of the run will be wearing this T-shirt. They will be the card guards just like in Alice in Wonderland. Heheh!



There will be a "BOHfie" competition too. So, bring your mobile phone and snap away along the course of the run. There are 20 prizes awaiting the best "BOHfies". Refer to your Run Guide Booklets for more info.

Proceeds from the registration fees will be channelled to Malaysian Nature Society (MNS) for an environmental project up in Cameron Highlands.

See you at the starting line this coming Sunday!



To get updates from the organisers, please LIKE www.facebook.com/BohTea

Run For A Second Chance 2014



What? Run For A Second Chance 2014

When? 4 October 2014 (Saturday) 6:00am

Where? Taman Botani Perdana (Lake Garden)

Who? Organising by HELPING PAWS of HELP University

Why? To raise fund for SECOND CHANCE (formerly known as Paws Mission), an animal shelter for abandoned animals.

How far? 5.7km

How much? RM35

How to register? Find out more at https://www.facebook.com/runforasecondchance


Press Release: SHILLS & BCWA’a “PINK LOVE” Charity Run



Kuala Lumpur, September 15 – Calling all runners, walkers & health enthusiasts! SHILLS Beauty Sdn Bhd and Breast Cancer Welfare Association (BCWA) are co-jointly organizing a “Pink Love Charity Run” aimed at creating public awareness and support on breast cancer cause.

In addition, the run also aims to promote consciousness of an active and healthy lifestyle in support of global health events in October / November such as Breast Cancer Awareness Week, Pink October, World Mental Health Week, World Diabetes Day etc.

SHILLS & BCWA’ “Pink Love” Charity Run which trails 5KM run will be held on Sunday, 23 November 2014 at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa. The event starts 7:30am

All profits generated from this fund-raising event is 100% donated to BCWA. Registration is RM40 each person. Each participant will be given a runners’ pack. Those interested to take part in this run can call 03-80620743/6 or visit http://www.myraceonline.com/ for info and registration.

The run expects 1,000 participants comprising both breast cancer patients and the public.



SHILLS Executive Director, Lee Joyce enthused: “SHILLS started a CSR partnership with BCWA since last year with product and cash sponsorships. This year, we took on a broader, more extensive and interactive approach to build a healthier community whilst cultivating caring hearts. The Pink Love care run is aimed at supporting BCWA’s funds for various educational and community endeavours.

“SHILLS would like to bring home the message anyone or everyone should take physical exercise seriously as a pre-emption of mental or physical ailments.

“The beauty about this run is that all participants will walk or run in a pair (with a spouse, family or a friend). Each participant will be tied to the other participant with a pink ribbon. Both have to reach the finishing line together with the ribbon intact,” Joyce explained.



This “ribbon-tying” harbours a meaningful message. Besides representing breast cancer, it’s important to have someone by your side to encourage, support and walk through life’s race or journey, be it for anyone or ill-stricken patients.

The ribbon does not allow one to walk / run too fast slow. Both have to be mindful of each other’s pace to help each other along the way. ‘This sends out the message of being sensitive to needs of others and supporting each other,” quipped Joyce.



Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting Malaysian women as well as the commonest cancer in women amongst all races between 2003 - 2005. Breast cancer formed 31.1% of newly diagnosed cancer cases during the same period.

According to the National Cancer Institute in US, the relationship between physical activity and breast cancer incidence has been extensively studied, with over 60 studies published in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Most studies indicate that physically active women have a lower risk of developing breast cancer than inactive women.

Most evidence suggests that physical activity reduces breast cancer risk in both premenopausal and postmenopausal women. Although a lifetime of regular, vigorous activity is thought to be of greatest benefit, women who increase their physical activity after menopause may also experience a reduced risk compared with inactive women.

A number of studies also suggest that the effect of physical activity may be different across levels of BMI, with the greatest benefit seen in women in the normal weight range (generally a BMI under 25 kg/m-squared) in some studies. Existing evidence shows a decreasing risk of breast cancer as the frequency and duration of physical activity increase. Most studies suggest that 30 to 60 minutes per day of moderate- to high-intensity physical activity is associated with a reduction in breast cancer risk.



For more information, please logon www.shills.com.my or www.facebook.com/pinklovecharity or call (03) 8062 2743 / 46.

Terry Fox Run 2014 - Kuala Lumpur



What? Terry Fox Run 2014 - Kuala Lumpur

When? 2 Nov 2014 (Sunday) 8am

Where? Taman Tasik Titiwangsa Kuala Lumpur

How far? TBD

How to register? No registration, no entry fee but participants are encourage to contribute to cancer research by purchasing the t-shirts. T-Shirt availability and sale locations will be coming to you soon within the week!




Runwitme Says: It's blue! Probably it is the colour of the ocean. Terry Fox was diagnosed with osteogenic sarcoma, bone cancer when he was 18. His right leg was amputated 15 cms above the knee.

He decided to run across Canada, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean raising money that would go towards cancer research. He ran daily for 143 days before being forced to give up the run. He ran on average 40-42 kilometers a day with an artificial leg.

At the start of the run in St. John's Newfoundland, he dipped his leg into the Atlantic, and then took two gallons of ocean water, one gallon he intended to dump into the Pacific at Vancouver Stanley Park when he reached there.

The other gallon he wanted to keep as a souvenir. Terry never reached the Pacific Ocean; he was forced to stop the run on September 1, 1980 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Find out more about Terry Fox HERE.

To get the latest upcoming run/ walk event updates, follow our tweet HERE and LIKE us on our Facebook HERE.

New Balance Half Marathon 2014 - Malaysia



What? NEW BALANCE HALF MARATHON 2014

When? 23 November 2014 (Sunday) 6.15AM

Where? Setia City Park, Shah Alam

How far? 21 & 10km

How much? RM70 (21km) & RM60 (10km)

How to register? Click http://event.themarathonshop.com.my/new_balance_half_marathon_2014-list.aspx



Saturday, September 20, 2014

Nike We Run KL is ON! We Run 2014 Will Reach More Than 140,000 Runners in 14 Races Around the World



What does it take to achieve a personal best? Runners need the right equipment, the right training plan and the right motivation. From August until February, Nike's We Run Race Series will reach more than 140,000 runners in 14 races around the world. These athletes will be supported with the latest footwear and apparel innovations to take their race goals to the next level, including the new light, responsive and supportive Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 as well as the latest performance Dri-FIT Knit tops. And the Nike+ Running app will provide athletes everywhere with the motivation, inspiration and coaching they need to train for races no matter the distance.

"The modern-day running boom continues to accelerate and it's a new generation of athletes who are leading the pack," said Adam Roth, Vice President, Brand Marketing, Global Running. "These runners are young and fast, and they embrace running not only as their sport, but as an integral part of their lives."

"The We Run series isn't just another event," Roth continued. "These experiences bridge the physical with the digital through Nike+ to provide runners the opportunity to push their limits, reach their personal best and connect with a passionate community of athletes not only in the city of their race, but around the world."

GLOBAL RACES TO INSPIRE
Now in their sixth year, Nike’s We Run races range in distance from 7K to a full marathon and reflect the particular enthusiasm of each city. From Seoul to Soweto, Mexico City to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur to Guatemala, runners will be moved to action through a series of unique experiences. Tailored to the individual city, the We Run races bring together athletes and local musicians and build on the aesthetic of each landscape through carefully designed run courses.

In today’s fast-paced world, runners demand more than just a typical 10K. They expect new challenges that will push their boundaries and test their limits. They want to celebrate their milestones with their friends and running communities.

This season's Nike's We Run race highlights will include a variety of different course distances to challenge athletes. For the first time, several of the race cities, including Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Mexico City will be 21K races. Nike is also connecting the running community with a series of pre-race training runs organized through their local Nike+ run clubs.

GET READY FOR PERSONAL BEST
In addition to footwear and apparel, Nike helps runners prepare for race day through the more than 30 million strong Nike+ community who have together logged over 1.7 billion kilometers. Collectively, this season's We Run athletes will clock approximately 1.5 million kilometers—the equivalent of running the equator 39 times.

The Nike+ ecosystem elevates training as an integral part of your race day preparation. Elite runners know that pushing yourself in training is what drives success in actual races.



“The races are the easy part and they are obviously a lot of fun,” said Galen Rupp, American world record holder in the 10,000 meters and the indoor 3000 meters. “It definitely comes down to a lot of the hard work that we put in before and when we step on the line we’re ready to go and we know that we are in great shape and there is not an ounce of doubt in us when we step on the line that we are physically ready to go.”

The new Nike+ running app for iPhone and Android acts as a personal best trainer, with features including Nike+ coach, which enables runners to run further, faster and smarter with customized training plans and distance goals.

For runners looking to enhance their race build up, Nike offers the N+TC app, a full-body training digital tool that caters to every level of fitness.



GEAR UP WITH INNOVATIONS
Today's young and fast runners need gear that will take them where they want to go. This year that includes the Nike Zoom Air running collection, specifically engineered for speed and delivering Nike’s fastest, most responsive Nike Air cushioning. This race season, runners can pick from four different Nike Zoom Air shoes, including the new Nike Air Zoom Structure 18.



The Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 is a stability running shoe specifically designed for everyday training. The Structure delivers a smooth ride through the combination of upper stability features such as Dynamic Fit technology working together with the outsole, which includes a lateral crash rail and a Dynamic Support stability system made up of foam with three different levels of density. The new contoured last provides added toe spring and combines with Zoom Air cushioning to give the snappy, quick-off-the-ground feel.

“We designed the Zoom Air collection to be a revolution in speed,” said Mark Miner, Senior Footwear Designer, Nike Running. “Whether they’re racing or training, athletes repeatedly ask for Zoom Air because they love that fast, snappy, responsive ride and the energy return they get from it.”

Nike Air Zoom Structure 18 is available on Nike.com starting Sept 25.



Nike’s cool, comfortable apparel products help keep athletes focused on the run. They assist the body’s natural ability to stay at an optimal temperature when running in a variety of conditions. Developed with body-led, data-informed insights, Dri-FIT Breeze for women and Dri-FIT Touch for men are running tops that are cut to increase air circulation and are built with ultra-lightweight, sweat-wicking Dri-FIT fabric to help runners stay cool on hot weather runs.

Dri-FIT Touch is available at Nike stores and Nike.com starting Oct 1.

NIKE WE RUN RACES

Aug 30: We Run Prague

Sept 14: We Run Moscow

Sept 28: We Run Istanbul

Oct 26: We Run Seoul

Nov 2: Soweto Marathon

Nov 15: We Run Monterrey

Nov 16: We Run Guadalajara

Nov 30: We Run Mexico City

Nov 30: We Run Montevideo

Nov 30: We Run Guatemala

Nov 30: We Run Bangkok

Dec 6: We Run Santiago

Dec 13: We Run Jakarta

Feb 1: We Run Kuala Lumpur

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