AAMC’s Annual Health Campaign was fronted this year by one of the college’s most successful cases, Saif Nasser Al Sennai. Saif attended AAMC’s first Health Day in 2007 and has since reduced his weight from 192 kilos to 75 kilos. Saif is now an advocate for a healthy life style and sensible eating habits. This year he is helping to counsel others with similar problems.
Health Day 2009 saw representatives from the Al Ain Hospital running a series of medical tests: blood pressure, body mass index, blood sugar and oxygen saturation levels on over 200 Foundations students. Look Optics tested students for eye defects, while the UAE Genetic Diseases Association took blood samples and gave advice about thalassaemia and other genetic disorders. In addition to this, Al Ain Hospital staff offered nutritional advice and physiotherapists taught students correct posture for studying and using a laptop.
The students will now analyse the results of their health tests and write an extensive report as part of a 3-week project, which will include a presentation concerning diabetes to be given by Ms Gehan Katawan of the Al Ain Hospital.
Feedback from the medical representatives indicated that there are many students suffering from health issues that need to be addressed. The investigations highlighted eyesight and high blood pressure problems with many students being either obese or underweight. Issues of health will therefore remain a major focus of AAMC in its efforts to support community needs and to optimise student learning capability.