Thursday, December 15, 2011

World Health Care Congress Panel: Promoting Healthy Lifestyles

On the third and final day of the World Health Care Congress Middle East, Denice Cora-Bramble, MD, MBA, Acting Executive Vice President for Ambulatory Services and Senior Vice President of the Goldberg Center for Community Pediatric Health at Children's National Medical Center, participated in one of the WHCC’s Keynote Panel discussions, entitled, “Promoting Healthy Lifestyles.”

Dr. Cora-Bramble joined Dr. Jamal Al Kaabi, Director, Customer Care and Corporate Communication Division at HAAD; Dr. Ali Al Obaidli, Chief Clinical Officer at Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA); P.R. Smith, Author and Founder of the Great Sportsmanship Programme UK and; renowned TV Chef, Osama El Sayed, to compare and contrast approaches to healthy living and education, and discuss how health care professionals can play an active role in the community by raising health awareness.

The panel, featuring Dr. Cora-Bramble, was a keynote session.

Her comments focused on explaining the role of schools in promoting healthy lifestyles among children, using the District of Columbia Healthy Schools Act that was passed in 2010 as an example. That act was designed to make all public school meals healthier, increase the amount of local fruits and vegetables served, and provide more physical activity and health education opportunities for school aged children.

But to truly gain traction in helping families develop healthier lifestyles takes even more. "To have healthy children you have to look at not just one component of their lives, but all. Where they spend their time- school, home, etc-, what foods they have access to, and where they play. All these things either deter or encourage a child to be healthy,” she said.

Dr. Cora-Bramble and the celebrity Chef Osama El Sayed.

Chef Osama also interviewed Dr. Cora-Bramble for his television show.