Hundreds expected to support I PLAY SPORTS Ramadan football tournament

Published September 9th, 2008 - 03:32 GMT

Hundreds expected to support I PLAY SPORTS Ramadan football tournament


The General Secretariat of the Executive Council leads capital’s corporate community in communicating the importance of exercise to help keep Diabetes at bay; IDF suggests 23 million years of life is lost to the disease



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Hundreds of supporters are expected to turn out to cheer the General Secretariat of the Executive Council (GSEC), the local executive authority of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, and other corporate teams participating in the ICLDC’s I PLAY SPORTS Ramadan football tournament, in association with the Emirates Foundation.


The numerous leading brand names swiftly followed GSEC’s move and jumped onboard to play a role in the event (from September 9, over four evenings) supported by the host venue, Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City.


Ten, seven-a-side teams, will play over four nights (from September 9 until September 14 2008) to show how exercise can help protect against Diabetes. They are geared to attract family, friends and community supporters, with the audience numbers pegged at almost 1,000 during the tournament.


The nine teams joining GSEC are Mubadala and Dolphin Energy as joint Official Sponsors; ALDAR as the event’s Platinum Sponsor; with Abu Dhabi Aircraft Technologies as Silver Sponsor; Injazat Data Systems as Bronze Sponsor; The Health Authority-Abu Dhabi and The Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA) are both named as Media Sponsors, as well as the teams of ICLDC and Takatof Volunteer



His Excellency Dr. Mugheer Al Khaili, Deputy Secretary General, GCSE said recently: ”We support the Centre in their mission to reach out to all segments of society and show them how even a moderately active lifestyle works to prevent the onset of Diabetes. The community participation is vital to ensure good health of our youth and children.”


According to ICLDC, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has suggested that the equivalent of an additional 23 million years of life is lost each year to disability, plus a much-reduced quality of life, brought on by Diabetes complications.


The UAE has the second highest prevalence of Diabetes in the world with the figures expected to double by year 2025.


ICLDC’s Dr Maha Taysir Barakat, Consultant Endocrinologist and Medical & Research Director stressed that it is becoming increasingly clear that the epidemic of type 2 Diabetes is associated with decreasing levels of activity and an increasing prevalence of obesity.


“Exercise is as a vital component in the prevention, as well as the management, of type 2 Diabetes,” she said.


“It is recommended that individuals strive to achieve 30 minutes of moderate, physical activity daily. Certainly, all people living with Diabetes or who are at high risk of developing it should enjoy this routine.”


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