105-year-old Fauja Singh to attend Stop Diabetes event

faujasinghFauja Singh, the world’s oldest marathon runner from the  UK, will be present at the STOP Diabetes Foundation’s 3rd annual free healthy living education event.

The 105-year-old S. Fauja Singh, the epitome of healthy living, is especially flying from England to be in Brampton for this landmark event. Fauja Singh, nicknamed “The Turbaned Tornado”, is a Sikh centenarian marathon runner of Punjabi Indian decent and is a world record holder for completing marathon in his age bracket. Fauja Singh attributes his physical fitness and longevity to a simple portion-controlled diet and daily exercise regime. Fauja Singh ji – has been featured in interviews with CNN and BBC.

Saturday May 21st marks another milestone in the Stop Diabetes Foundation timeline to reduce the epidemic of diabetes in the Peel region. The  informative public event is expected to  generate awareness about prevention of diabetes .

VISION 2020 – Peel Region holds the unfortunate distinction of being the “Diabetes capital of Canada”. STOP Diabetes foundation’s mission termed ‘SDF VISION 2020’ aims to remove this infamous #1 tag before the year 2020. SDF aims to accomplish this through a series of community initiatives and healthy living communication of simplified information to the public – emphasizing lifestyle, diet and fitness as the most powerful tools in this fight against the growing diabetes epidemic.

SDF’s third annual free health education event will be open to the public from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at Canadian Convention Centre.

In an endeavour to facilitate the SDF VISION 2020, Dr. Harpreet Singh Bajaj, the founder along with healthcare providers who volunteer for this organization, will announce their two key new initiatives which will include “105 years of healthy living” – Launch of a Facebook app in the inspiration of S. Fauja Singh & “Find your score” – a pharmacy initiative where inhabitants will be encouraged to go to Peel region pharmacies and get their risk score of developing diabetes calculated so as to facilitate health education to take measures to reduce this risk.

A gathering of over 1000+ people is expected to attend this afternoon with the educational segments set to be widely broadcast to a much larger audience through both traditional and social media platforms. Certified diabetes specialists, doctors, pharmacists and dieticians, all of whom are volunteer members of STOP Diabetes Foundation, will provide education on healthier lifestyle. A free healthy lunch along with door prizes will be included as a part of this information filled afternoon. SDF plans to arrange free bus services from Malton gurudwara and Gore Mandir for seniors who may need transport. The afternoon will be concluded by a Question and Answer session with the health experts.

STOP Diabetes foundation looks forward to the support of local community as well as media in this benevolent cause to succeed in its fight against these important health concerns afflicting our country, and the PEEL region disproportionately.- CINEWS

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