Thousands take part in Beat Diabetes Walk in Dubai
Participants were offered blood tests and health information
More than 20,000 people took part in the Beat Diabetes Walk on Friday, as part of efforts to raise awareness of the condition and promote healthier lifestyles.
The annual event, at Zaabeel Park in Dubai, also doubled up as the closing ceremony of the emirate's 30-day fitness challenge, designed to improve the health of residents.
The 3km walk is popular with people of all fitness levels and is backed by organisations including Dubai Sports Council, Dubai Health Authority, Emirates Diabetes Society and Dubai Police.
It took place amid rising concern over high levels of diabetes in the UAE, with nearly one in five residents over the age of 20 believed to be living with the condition and many not managing it well.
“It is great to see the community come together year on year to be a part of the Beat Diabetes Walk,” said Renuka Jagtiani, chief executive organisers of Landmark Group, the walk organisers.
“This year is even more special for us as we announce the launch of the Beat Diabetes Awards, to recognise the health-driven initiatives taken by schools in the UAE. Through the younger generation, we will continue our efforts to build a healthier nation.”
All the profit from the registrations will be contributed to Al Jalila Foundation in support of diabetes research and healthcare in the UAE. Since 2014, the walk has raised over Dh3 million, contributing towards 15 research studies.
Free blood glucose tests were offered by Dubai Health Authority for all participants at the walk.
Dubai Fitness Challange was launched in 2016 by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, to encourage participants to do at least 30 minutes of heart-pumping activity every day for the full 30 days.
Updated: November 15, 2019 05:48 PM