MoHAP launches health awareness campaign for Ramadan themed “Redefine Yourself in Ramadan”

Published Tuesday, 02 April 2024

The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) has launched a comprehensive awareness campaign during the holy month of Ramadan across multiple emirates of the UAE. Themed “Redefine Yourself in Ramadan”, the initiative aims to promote health consciousness among community members and foster awareness of healthy lifestyles.

Through the campaign, health consultations will be offered alongside the distribution of educational materials, reinforcing the importance of health and well-being principles. Focused on promoting healthy habits, MoHAP's Ramadan campaign sheds light on the need to adopt balanced diets and engage in physical activity. It revolves around three core themes: "choose, cook, and eat healthy." Moreover, it focuses on various aspects of health, including sleep patterns, smoking cessation, and more.

Utilising social media platforms, the programme disseminates awareness messages on the significance of adopting healthy lifestyles during Ramadan. Engaging the community further, the campaign includes "Ramadan riddles," interactive quizzes, and a 30-day physical activity challenge. This challenge is complemented by complimentary access to sports clubs across the UAE, alongside organized sports activities in health and leisure clubs, and workshops emphasizing the significance of pre-shopping planning to promote healthy dietary choices during the fasting month.

The initiative also provides guidelines on adopting healthier eating habits, such as increasing the intake of fruits and vegetables, managing meal portions during Ramadan, and offering healthier dietary alternatives. This includes advocating for less fried foods, endorsing baked or grilled options, and advising on reducing salt intake, all aimed at fostering a healthier community during and beyond the sacred month.

Promoting healthy behaviors 

“We are committed to launching a health awareness initiative every year timed with Ramadan to enhance societal health awareness, advocate for healthy lifestyles, assist individuals in choosing nutritious foods, and emphasize key health and nutritional practices during this holy month,” said HE Dr Hussain Abdul Rahman Al Rand, Assistant Undersecretary for the Public Health Sector.

“Our goal is to embed healthy behaviours that contribute to the reduction of heart disease, obesity, and diabetes, thus improving our national health indicators.  Given the distinct dietary and lifestyle shifts during Ramadan, particularly the intensified eating patterns post-Iftar, it becomes crucial to implement specialized awareness campaigns. These campaigns are tailored to foster healthy lifestyles through preventive and community health programmes, aiming to promote health quality," Al Rand added.

"Considering the remarkable changes in dietary and lifestyle habits during Ramadan, it's crucial to launch health awareness initiatives tailored to the month's uniqueness. The distinct dietary patterns observed necessitate customized programs. Therefore, MoHAP concentrates on crafting awareness campaigns that resonate with this specificity to support and enhance public health and the quality of life during the holy month and beyond, incorporating preventive and community-based programmes to foster healthy living standards," Al Rand stated.

Changing unhealthy behaviors

For her part, Nouf Khamis Al Ali, Director of the Health Promotion Department at MoHAP, emphasized the crucial impact of the campaign, noting that this month provides a prime opportunity for the community to adopt healthier lifestyles. She stressed that it’s very important for everyone to consume a balanced diet, exercise for at least 30 minutes every day, and for those smoking to quit their habit and alter unhealthy eating styles.

Khamis advocated breaking the fast with a nutritious meal to provide essential energy and aid digestion post-fasting. She also encouraged the community to engage with the health awareness campaign via the Ministry's social media channels to extend the campaign’s reach to a broader audience and fulfil its goal of improving the overall quality of healthy living.

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