Staff, faculty and students from Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar (WCM-Q) and across Qatar Foundation had the chance to learn more about healthy lifestyles when the college hosted its second annual Lifestyle Medicine Week.

The event is organised by the WCM-Q Institute for Population Health and involves a whole week’s worth of activities centred on what the individual can do to take responsibility for their own well-being.

This year, there were sessions on quitting smoking and other addictive substances, a fun team-based trivia quiz to improve connectedness, and a workshop on the power of laughter and yoga to help one relax and relieve stress.

WCMQ Lifestyle Medicine Week
The Walk for Life demonstrated the ease in which everyone can exercise for at least 30 minutes a day

The ever-popular Walk for Life was held at Oxygen Park in Qatar Foundation, and once again demonstrated the ease in which everyone can engage in moderate exercise for at least thirty minutes a day.

New this year was the Cornell Super Chef competition, which saw teams battle it out to make the best salad using a variety of different salad leaves, vegetables, nuts, oils and vinegars. The idea behind the competition was to encourage individuals to focus on plant-based food and focus on consuming real natural food as opposed to processed food.

According to Dr Ravinder Mamtani, Lifestyle Medicine Week was developed because of the increasing knowledge that the majority of human illnesses and diseases can be prevented, controlled and in some cases cured by making sensible lifestyle choices.

Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers often have their roots in poor diets, lack of exercise or use of substances like tobacco, and studies have shown that some diseases like type-2 diabetes can be reversed in certain cases if the sufferer adheres to a strictly controlled diet.’

Dr Sohaila Cheema, Director of the Institute for Population Health, said it had been an entertaining and informative week.

The aim was to empower and inform the Education City community about the need for making good lifestyle choices. Due to the busy-ness and stress in our lives, it is easy to fall into bad habits and it is good to be reminded how healthy changes, no matter how small, in our habits can ensure that we stay fit and healthy, both for ourselves and our families. We must, therefore, create time in our lives to make those changes.’

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