Malaysians Walk A Million Miles Together for Heart Health

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  • NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS’s virtual month-long Walk A Million Miles event is back this September, for the second year running! This year, the brand will empower Malaysians to walk for their heart health even while staying safe at home.
  • NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS will donate RM100,000 to YJM and IJNF in support of heart patients in need, upon achievement of one million miles collectively
 

Petaling Jaya, August 31, 2021 – Malaysia’s leading heart health advocate, NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS has kicked off its annual month-long walkathon with the Walk A Million Miles (WAMM) 2021 launch on 29 August 2021 in conjunction with World Heart Month.

Malaysians Walk A Million Miles Together for Heart Health Launch Event

Returning for the 2nd year in the form of a virtual walkathon, NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS is on a mission to relay the message of heart health across the nation, bringing heart health and issues affecting it, including high cholesterol, to the forefront. High cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease, affects 8 million or 40% of adults in Malaysia1.

With the worsening pandemic and social restrictions in place, it has become more difficult for Malaysians to stay active, leading to sedentary behaviour, low levels of physical activity and eventually, negative long-term effects on health, especially heart health. Hence, Malaysians need to start practicing proper care for their hearts to remain healthy and strong to navigate through these challenging times.

Despite the conditions this year, NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS encourages Malaysians to take charge of their heart health with simple exercises at home such as boosted walking, simple tabatha and dance cardio, wherever they are, whenever they want, safely at the comfort of their homes. Small yet crucial behavioural and lifestyle changes to daily routines can have positive health benefits in the long run.

With the theme ‘Melangkah Bersama, Jantung Dijaga’, Walk A Million Miles this year aims to clock one million miles, drawing pledges from Malaysians to take a step forward in combating high cholesterol and continue Malaysia’s journey towards a heart-healthy nation while helping raise funds for heart patients in need.

“It is extremely important now more than ever to increase awareness about healthy lifestyle practices. We introduced our first virtual Walk A Million Miles initiative in 2020 with very encouraging results and we achieved 1.1 million miles,” said Juan Aranols, Chief Executive Officer, Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad.

“This year will be our second year running and we want to keep the movement strong, rallying Malaysians to get active and make heart health a daily routine. Our aim this year is to step up our efforts and rally even more Malaysians across the nation to join us in this journey,” he adds.

Sharing the same vision of creating a heart-healthy nation, NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS has been working closely with its health partners, Yayasan Jantung Malaysia (YJM) and Institut Jantung Negara Foundation (IJNF) for the past 21 years. Upon achievement of one million miles collectively this World Heart Month, NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS will donate RM100,000 to YJM and IJNF in support of heart patients in need.

Lam Pui Yuee, Business Executive Officer, Milks Business Unit, Nestlé (Malaysia) said, “We have been greatly inspired by last year’s results as more than 16,000 Malaysians joined us on this journey, made a step-change towards a heart-healthy lifestyle and many kept the good habit beyond the one-month challenge. We hope to inspire more Malaysians to join us in this year’s Walk A Million Miles to walk for their heart health, for their loved ones and for a good cause.”

The virtual walkathon will run throughout the entire month of September. Interested participants can register via the BookDoc mobile application with a registration token of RM10 per entry. Achievers of 150,000 and 300,000 steps within the running period are entitled to win exclusive jerseys and products from NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS and be in the running for prizes for the top three weekly achievers as well as exciting lucky draw prizes.

Melangkah Bersama Jantung Dijaga

“Setting mini-goals for yourself to achieve on a daily basis, no matter how small, can have long term benefits to your health. With the support of a tracking app such as BookDoc on your phone or fitness device, you can easily track your daily progress to ensure you achieve your fitness goals,” she adds. “In addition, we also encourage Malaysians to choose heart-healthy meals to manage their cholesterol levels. This includes drinking two servings of NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS daily”.

As part of cholesterol management in heart health care, consuming two servings of NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS daily, which contains ActiCol®, 1.2g plant sterol, is proven effective to lower cholesterol by reducing cholesterol absorption in the body2.

NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS is inviting members of the public to participate in Walk A Million Miles 2021 by downloading the BookDoc mobile application to start tracking their steps

For more information on Walk A Million Miles 2021 and NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS, please visit www.nestle.com.my or our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NestleOmegaPlus.

 

1 Kementerian Kesihatan Malaysia - Tinjauan Kebangsaan Kesihatan dan Morbiditi (2019)

2 Thomsen AB, et al. Eur J Clin Nutr 2004; 58:860-870

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About NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS
NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS is the only milk that has ActiCol®, 1.2g plant sterol that is proven effective to help lower cholesterol by blocking the absorption of cholesterol into the bloodstream. This reduced-fat milk is also high in calcium to keep bones strong and contains Omega 3 & 6 essential fatty acids. 2 servings a day together with a healthy lifestyle has been scientifically proven to lower cholesterol levels3. NESTLÉ OMEGA PLUS milk is available in a variety of formats to suit your needs. Choose from a range of powder, ready-to-drink UHT, and convenient sachet of milk with Oats formats. Now also available in dark chocolate ready-to-drink UHT variant, a healthy and delicious addition to the range.

About Nestlé Malaysia
Nestlé, the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturer and a leader in Nutrition, Health and Wellness, is headquartered in Switzerland. Since 1866, Nestlé has been committed to providing high quality, tasty, safe and nutritious products to our consumers, in line with our promise of Good Food, Good Life. Nourishing Malaysians since 1912, Nestlé has earned the trust of our consumers through our quality brands and products, as well as our commitment to improve the lives of the communities in which we operate. At Nestlé, our consumers are at the heart of everything we do. We aim to delight our consumers by offering the best quality products; staying true to our Swiss roots while maintaining our Halal excellence and integrity. To learn more about how we have been nourishing Malaysians for over a century, do visit www.nestle.com.my or our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Nestle.Malaysia


For more information, please contact:

Shaheen Mohamed Zaffar
Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad
Tel: +603 7965 6650
Mobile: +6012 235 6865
E-mail: [email protected]

Reshmi Hariharan
Ogilvy Malaysia
Tel: +603 7669 1359
Mobile: +6011 3693 2973
E-mail: [email protected]