‘Walk a Million Miles’ for heart health
Published on: Tuesday, August 31, 2021
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The virtual walkathon will run throughout the entire month of September.
Kota Kinabalu: Attractive prizes await achievers of this year’s Walk a Million Miles (WAMM) 2021 to be launched on Aug 29, in conjunction with World Heart Month.

Nestlé Malaysia, in a statement, said, returning for the second year in the form of a virtual walkathon, WAMM is organised by Nestlé Omega Plus.

“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,” it said. 

“High cholesterol, a major risk factor for heart disease, affects eight million or 40 per cent of adults in Malaysia. 

“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 health of the heart.” 

Hence, it said Malaysians need to start practising proper care for their hearts to remain healthy and strong to navigate through these challenging times. 

With the theme “Melangkah Bersama, Jantung Dijaga”, WAMM this year aims to clock one million miles, drawing pledges from 30,000 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.

Nestlé (Malaysia) Berhad Chief Executive Officer Juan Aranols said 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.

“This year will be our second year running and we want to keep the movement strong, rallying even more Malaysians to get active and make healthy heart a daily routine. 

“Our aim this year is to step up our efforts and rally 30,000 Malaysians across the nation to join us in this journey,” he said.

Upon achievement of one million miles collectively in the World Heart Month, Nestlé Omega Plus will donate RM100,000 to Malaysian Heart Foundation (YJM) and National Heart Institute Foundation (IJNF) in support of needy heart patients.

The virtual walkathon will run throughout the entire month of September. 

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.

In addition, Nestlé (Malaysia) Business Executive Officer (Milks Business Unit) Lam Pui Yuee said they also encourage Malaysians to choose heart-healthy meals to manage their cholesterol levels. 

“This includes drinking two servings of Nestlé Omega Plus daily,” she said.

The public is invited to join WAMM virtual launch at www.facebook.com/NestleOmegaPlus, at 3pm, on Aug 29.


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