Posted on March 24, 2016

Kulluna for Health and Safety, ConocoPhillips’s signature corporate social responsibility campaign in Qatar, is welcoming all visitors of this year’s Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) to come to its booth at the at the Museum of Islamic Art (MIA) park from now until the 28th March to learn more about heart disease risk factors and ways to prevent it. People also have the opportunity to sign up for on the spot free checkups provided by medical professionals and measure heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar, Body Mass Index (BMI) and cholesterol levels.

The Kulluna healthy heart team which is made up of multidiscipline professionals from Hamad Medical Corporation are offering people a range of advice, health checks and tests for those concerned about the state of their hearts.  There is also the opportunity to talk to healthcare experts and to learn about the risk factors and warning signs of heart disease and some potential lifesaving steps needed to help someone suffering from a heart attack. 

Dr. Khalid Saifeldeen, Chairman of Kulluna said, “We at Kulluna are delighted to be a part of an exciting community event like the QIFF 2016 for the second year in a row. The underpinning of our work in collaboration with founding sponsor ConocoPhillips is to encourage people live healthy lives. Leading a healthy lifestyle which includes a balanced and varied diet, directly reduces the incidence of heart disease.  Through our Healthy Heart stand at QIFF we are offering education about healthy lifestyles as well as offering basic health checks to visitors. Through this we are able to educate the public visiting QIFF about eating well, incorporating exercise into their day-to-day activities and getting regular health check-ups.”

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ConocoPhillips Qatar president, Gary Sykes stated, “It’s no surprise to us that the ‘Kulluna for a Healthy Heart’ stand at QIFF has attracted a large number of visitors on the first day of the festival, and the number of visitors is increasing each day. We’re pleased to have the opportunity to show people at QIFF what heart disease is all about, how they can prevent it, and, where necessary, how it can be treated.  Getting people to understand the way heart disease develops will help them to accept that changes they make now will benefit them for years to come. We look forward to receiving many more visitors before the end of the festival and encourage everyone in Qatar to come down for a fun and informative day.”

“Kulluna for a Healthy Heart” campaign particularly focuses on the behaviors, lifestyle and risk factors that can lead to heart related illnesses. These include smoking, unhealthy diet, obesity, lack of exercise, high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol. Unfortunately many people still do not realize that heart damage can begin during young age and can take years to be noticed by the person affected.  Once the damage to the heart is done, it is not always possible to reverse it so the best course of action is to learn how to avoid causing the damage in the first place.

“Kulluna for a Healthy Heart’ screening booths are an important part of the overall campaign and have already proved to be very popular among various sectors of the Qatari society, which is a strong testament to the importance of this initiative that addresses an urgent need and falls within the strategic pillar of Health and Safety championed by ConocoPhillips.” concluded Sykes.