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Champions of a Healthy Lifestyle

November 14, 2019 9:00 am


Every single day, we wake up with goals that we want to achieve either in life, work, health, school, family, relationship, and such. Whether it’s learning a new sport or sticking to a diet consisting of healthy recipes in the Philippines , reaching your target is no easy task. But like athletes, we strive our best every day in order to achieve our goals. However, unlike athletes, not every one of us have a healthy and balanced lifestyle which is vital in winning over the hurdles that we may face along the way.

Athletes may train for hours but it is not the sole factor that affects their performance. What athletes do beyond their usual training has a huge impact on their performance as well. It is therefore important to remember that our bodies are the main machinery that propel us toward our goals. Without having a healthy and balanced lifestyle, we may suffer in the long run due to non-communicable diseases, malnutrition, fatigue, mental battles and unhealthy aging.

The 2015 Updating of the Nutritional Status of Filipino Children and Other Population Group: Clinical and Health Survey showed that four in 10 Filipino adults (20 years old and above) were “insufficiently physically active.” The survey also showed that majority (94.8%) of adults “spent less time on leisure-related activities such as basketball, swimming, jogging, ballroom dancing, and other recreational activities.”

As one of the platinum sponsors of the 30 th Southeast Asian Games , Ajinomoto Philippines Corporation does not only advocate healthy lifestyle to athletes but also to every individual who wants to achieve their goals. Even though we know that engaging in regular physical activity is one way of keeping away from health risks, still, not everyone is fond of running, lifting weights, and other ways of exercising.

If you still don’t have a regular physical activity, you have another option which is playing sports. Many sport activities are popular among Filipinos, this include basketball, volleyball, football, badminton and such. Studies showed that regular participation in leisure-time physical activities like exercise or sport brings positive health and psychological well-being.

If we regularly engage in sports, exercise, and other forms of physical activity partnered with a balanced diet consisting of healthy recipes in the Philippines, we could win over non-communicable diseases, mental battles, unhealthy aging and such. Winning does not only apply in sports, it also applies in life, only with no scoreboard.


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Deborah A. Sales, RND is a licensed nutritionist-dietitian handling the Science Communication Section of AJINOMOTO PHILIPPINES CORPORATION’s Public Relations Department. She is a technical expert in food and health and an experienced Culinary Nutrition spokesperson.


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