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News : Fitness program for MARA’s students and staff

In November, UniKL RCMP received 3 batches of participants from MARA attending a 3-day fitness program known as ‘Kursus Asas Kecergasan' organized by the Preclinical Department, Faculty of Medicine. The first two batches were 75 students under MARA's Global Excellence Leadership (GEL) scheme which included students from various MARA institutions. The third batch involved 34 staff under MARA which among them were teachers, lecturers and hostel wardens from different institutions. The fitness program was an intensive program that detailed the mechanism of body adaptation towards short extensive and long endurance physical activities. The main aims were to educate the participants about the importance of monitoring their health status and to encourage them to maintain their good health by practicing healthy lifestyle. The 3-day program could be divided into three parts i.e. the health seminar, health screening, and first aid and CPR training. The consultants of the program were the lecturers of the Preclinical Department of Faculty of Medicine, UniKL RCMP.

Participants were listening to physiology talk in the health seminar.
 
In the health seminar, emphasis was given to the four main body systems which are the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous systems. The roles of the four body systems during exercise were explained from the perspective of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. In anatomy, the structure of each system was defined in relation to its function, whereas in physiology and biochemistry, the mechanisms of the function at tissues and cellular level respectively, were explained in details. The participants found anatomy talk interesting as they got the chance to see the actual body tissue structure on the real cadaver. Whereas in the physiology lecture, the participants were exposed to the information of health consequences when one body system becomes malfunction. The pathogenesis of health complications like diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol level, atherosclerosis and stroke were also described and emphasized during the talk. 
 
Apart from that, the biochemistry talk also focused on the use of energy at cellular level during physical activities. The source of energy in the body that can be used during exercise was explained as to give the idea to the participants on how they can actually find the right time and the best way to do exercise in order to reduce or maintain their ideal weight. In the seminar, much attention was also given to advising the participants on practicing the healthy way of life by doing regular exercise and having controlled diet. As saying goes, ‘an apple a day keeps the doctor away', the participants were exposed to various pathological conditions if one is not taking good care of his diet. The aim was to give the overall idea to the participants of what is happening in the body during physical activities that may lead to good health and how poor diet could cause various health complications. Such information will benefit the participants as they would be able to think of the ways on how to keep themselves fit and to maintain their good health. Nevertheless, other body systems like the endocrine, lymphatic and gastrointestinal systems were also explained briefly during the seminar.

Participants were listening to consultant's explanation before starting the health screening tests.
 
The most interesting part of this program was the health screening which was done on the second day of the program. In this part, participants were given the chance to do various health tests, among which were the blood grouping, blood glucose and cholesterol levels, blood pressure, heart's electrical conduction system using electrocardiography, heart sound to detect any abnormalities, lung function test to measure the respiratory rate, body mass index (BMI), basal metabolic rate (BMR), and body's fat and muscle compositions. All the participants were enthusiastic and did not want to miss the chance to do all the health tests as they were concern about their own health status. If the participants obtained results that deviated from the normal range, advice would be given by the consultant for the participants to do further check up at the hospital. The participants were also advised to change their lifestyle into a healthy way by doing exercise and controlling their diet.

Participants had the chance to measure their blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
 


 

Participants were trained with basic first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and chocking aid techniques.

 
In the third day, participants had the opportunity to learn about first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) techniques and also chocking aid techniques for adult and baby. Demonstrations were first done by the certified consultants followed by practise by all participants. Each of them had equal chance to practice each technique before the actual practical test took place. The purpose of having this practical session was to expose the participants to the life-saving techniques which are important especially when accident occurs while doing physical activities. At the end of the program, participants were anticipated to have acquired the important message of taking good care of their health by doing physical activities and practicing good balanced diet. The health status information obtained from the health screening done would serve as a triggering factor for the participants to start a healthy lifestyle. The program indeed had succeeded in achieving its aim and received positive feedback from all three batches. 


Group photo sessions at the end of the program.
 
Reported by
Norain Ab. Latif
UniKL RCMP

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