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City Centre Bahrain leads prevention of heart diseases amongst women in the Kingdom

May 21, 2013

City Centre Bahrain , the largest shopping mall in the Kingdom, will take part in the global awareness campaign on the prevention of heart diseases

City Centre Bahrain , the largest shopping mall in the Kingdom, will take part in the global awareness campaign on the prevention of heart diseases amongst women, ‘Go Red for Women.’  Taking place at the Central Galleria within the mall from 12pm to 8pm on May 23rd and 24th, complimentary heart health check-ups for women will be conducted by medical professionals from King Hamad University Hospital. 

As part of the campaign, heart health testing for blood pressure, blood group test, random blood sugar, cholesterol test and Body Mass Index (BMI) will be performed onsite, in addition to the quick health tips service provided by the hospital at the stand.  ‘Go Red for Women,’ founded by the American Heart Association in 2004, is supported annually by more than 30 countries worldwide.  With the tagline, ‘This is not a red dress, it is a red alert,’ the campaign aims to raise awareness about the importance of prevention, diagnosis and control of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in women.

“Channelling the community’s efforts to fight the leading cause of death is a challenge in Bahrain and this is what drove us to take part in this philanthropic programme.  It is an excellent opportunity for the mall, to educate and empower women to take charge of their heart health.  The initiative aligns with our commitment to the local community as a socially-responsible organisation.  As the first time that City Centre Bahrain is taking part in the cause, we hope to engage our mothers, sisters and daughters to participate,” said Duaij Khalifa Al Rumaihi, Senior Mall Manager, City Centre Bahrain .

Cardiovascular diseases – heart disease and stroke - account for 32% of all deaths in Bahrain, making it the number one cause of death in the country, according to the World Health Organization.  It is known to be the biggest killer of women globally, killing more women than all cancers, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and malaria combined. Tobacco smoking amongst men and women is also a concern in the country and many studies detail the evidence that it is a major cause of coronary heart disease, which leads to heart attack.

‘Go Red for Women’ is a corporate social responsibility campaign that will also roll out across Majid Al Futtaim Properties’ malls in the region, including the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Oman – making it the organisation’s biggest CSR campaign towards the community’s health and well-being. For more information on Go Red for Women, please visit Facebook.com/BahrainCityCentre

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