Dubai: With the aim of inculcating healthy eating habits and to draw attention to prevention of diabetes, RAK Diabetes Centre, Jumeirah, and RAK Hospital in Ras Al Khaimah are holding a fun-filled ‘Live Healthy Carnival” on Saturday, November 19, at their premises, a spokesperson from the hospital said.

The event is aimed to encourage people to live healthy by imbibing good lifestyle habits. The event, which falls a day before World Children’s Day and a week after World Diabetes Day, will include a number of interesting activities, including games, face painting, exciting competitions, and fashion and magic shows for youngsters.

The carnival will be open to visitors from 3.30pm- 8.30pm and will also include a fashion show and drawing competition based on the healthy eating theme.

Dr Raza Seddiqi, CEO of the Arabian Healthcare Group, said: “Children are the pillar of our society and it’s never too early to teach them good habits. We have taken a light-hearted approach to drive across a very serious message: the perils of an unhealthy lifestyle, stemming from eating junk food, an inactive routine, stress and smoking. Through children, we want the adults to understand that unless and until they set a good example for their kids and incorporate healthy habits which include eating nutritious food, an active routine and regular check-ups in their lives, few children will listen to their parents.”

Going by 2015 reports, cases of Type 1 diabetes in children have doubled since 2000, with the condition being found in babies as young as 16 months. Children with Type 1 diabetes are more susceptible to damage to the pancreas, adrenal glands and thyroid.

The RAK Diabetes Centre, Jumeirah, and RAK Hospital have been actively and regularly creating awareness campaigns and providing free screening to fight diabetes within the UAE population. In the few months of inception, the centres in RAK Hospital, Ras Al Khaimah, and Dubai have been able to provide a wholesome and complete solution to diabetes management, taking into account other related diseases such as cardiovascular, obesity and neurological issues.