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November 11, 2014

Qatar Diabetes Association And Landmark Group In Partnership With Aspire Zone Organise Fifth Annual Beat Diabetes Walkathon

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Qatar Diabetes Association, a member of Qatar Foundation, and Landmark Group, the region’s leading retail and hospitality conglomerate, have unveiled plans for the fifth annual Beat Diabetes Walkathon.

The Qatar edition of the walkathon this weekend supports QF’s mission to foster a progressive society while addressing immediate social needs, and is a part of Landmark’s year-long community-centric initiatives held across seven countries worldwide to raise awareness of diabetes, which has become an acute problem globally.

QDA-logo.jpgA total of 60,000 people participated in the 2013 walkathon, while more than 75,000 took the Group’s free blood glucose tests during the year. The success of the initiative’s previous edition is particularly noteworthy as statistics indicate that Qatar is one of the countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region with a high prevalence of diabetes, making it one of the nation's biggest healthcare challenges of the 21st century.

This year’s walkathon will be held on 14 November at Aspire Park in Doha. Participants will log a distance of one kilometre on the track, which equates to around 1,500 steps per person taking part. The event will feature attractions such as live music, including the participation of the Military Band, as well as Zumba sessions and children’s face painting.

The Group’s on-going efforts towards spreading awareness aboutdiabetes have reached several thousand residents in Qatar, with over 150,000 people across the region getting their blood glucose levels tested over the last four years.

Registration for the walkathon is free, and each participant will receive a kit comprising of a t-shirt and cap, and healthy refreshments. Participants can register online at www.beatdiabetes.me or at the Centrepoint stores in Al Asmakh Mall, Barwa Village, Wakra and Dar Al Salam Mall Abu Hamour. To learn more about the walkathon, please visit: www.facebook.com/beatdiabetes.

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