Health on track

Under the Patronage of Dubai Health Authority:

AXA Gulf Launches Unique Program to Address Dubai’s Top 5 Health Challenges

Under the patronage of Dubai Health Authority (DHA), AXA Gulf today unveiled a unique health education and support program that is aimed at empowering people to prevent, detect and better manage the most predominant health conditions faced by Dubai residents.

DHA is focused on addressing the prevalence of major health conditions and their goal is to reduce the prevalence of diabetes to 16.3 per cent by 2021 from the current level of 18.7 per cent. For child obesity, they are aiming to reduce it from the current 14.4 per cent to 12 per cent by 2021. Smoking is a key cause of respiratory conditions and they intend to reduce this percentage in males to 15.7 per cent from the current 21.6 per cent and from the current 1.9 per cent to 1.66 per cent in females.

The Health on Track initiative was unveiled on the 8th December 2015 and it is aligned with the National Key Performance Indicators as outlined by the UAE Vision 2021. The program is exhaustive in its nature and goes beyond just raising awareness amongst people about health conditions which if not detected early on can prove to be quite harmful.

Public awareness regarding prevention and early detection of widespread health conditions like Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiovascular, Breast Cancer and Flu is critical to reduce the growth of these health conditions. The Health on Track initiative has been launched in order to trigger a call to action for people to take concrete steps towards safeguarding them from these fast spreading health issues.

‘Health on Track’ will focus on addressing the challenges posed by Diabetes, Hypertension, Cardiovascular, Breast Cancer and Flu, which have been recognised as the top 5 health challenges for Dubai by the DHA. Under the newly launched initiative, AXA Gulf will introduce public awareness and disease management programs that will focus on improving the general health of people by driving adherence to treatment plans, decreasing the visit to doctors and also keeping the insurance premiums down.

The ‘Health on Track’ program will be implemented in four phases, with the first stage of ‘Public Screening’ set to commence from December 2015. This will be followed by the implementation of a ‘Diabetes Management’ program in Q1 2016, ‘Flu’ awareness program in Q3 2016 and a ‘Breast Cancer’ program in Q4 2016.

As part of the ‘Public Screening’ phase AXA Gulf will organise a series of comprehensive health screening activities through a specially designed booth that will be set up across key locations in Dubai and in AXA corporate customers’ premises. The first Public Screening activity will be organised for 3 days starting the 17th of December at the Mirdiff City Centre mall and people can visit the booth at any time between 11 am – 11 pm.   

The booth has been divided into three zones where people can undergo quick health assessments including Blood Glucose and Cholesterol screening, Blood Pressure and Temperature monitoring and an Eye test. Following this, an expert dietician will be available to share healthy eating tips and even recipes for preparing nutritious meals.

Furthermore, a fitness trainer will also be present at the health hub to measure the visitors’ body mass index (BMI) and also share exercise tips. Upon completion, the individual will receive a complete health profile based on their tests along with expert advice on next steps where all data has been captured digitally through an integrated health application installed at the event delivering seamless, accurate and quick results to the public.

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Numbers that can change your life

Blood Pressure

High blood pressure or hypertension often has no symptoms so regular checks are important to identify the risk of serious health problems such as heart disease and stroke.

How do I check my blood pressure?

To check your blood pressure your GP, practice nurse or other health professional will use a cuff that fits around your upper arm and is inflated so that it becomes tight.

The test is quick and painless, and most people will have experienced it before.

Body Mass Index

If your BMI is 25 to 29.9, you are classed as overweight; if it’s between 30 and 39.9, you are obese; and anything above that is very obese.

Being overweight or obese increases your risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and some types of cancer.

So keeping your weight down by exercise and healthy eating is a sensible precaution.

How do I check my BMI?

You can calculate your BMI by weight in kilograms / height in metres2 (weight in pounds x703 / height in inches2) or alternatively use the tool here:


Waist measurement is an important predictor of future health problems as storing excess fat around your middle can make you more prone to developing heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and cancer. For men, a waist measurement of more than 94cm (37 inches) makes you more likely to develop problems.

Reduce your chances of developing these diseases by eating a healthy diet, losing weight and doing more exercise.

Blood Sugar

The blood sugar level is the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is also known as plasma glucose level. It is expressed as millimoles per litre (mmol/l). Normally blood glucose levels stay within narrow limits throughout the day: 4 to 8mmol/l. But they are higher after meals and usually lowest in the morning.

How do I check my blood sugar?

You can measure your blood sugar levels simply and quickly with a home blood glucose level testing kit. All kits have at least two things: a measuring device and a strip.

To check your blood sugar level, put a small amount of blood on the strip. Now place the strip into the device. After about 30 seconds it will display the blood glucose level.

The ideal values are:
• 4 to 8mmol/l before meals
• less than 10mmol/l 90 minutes after a meal
• around 8mmol/l at bedtime

Total Cholesterol

High cholesterol can cause blocked arteries which in turn can lead to heart disease, heart attack, stroke and kidney disease, so it’s important to get your levels checked.

The test is quick and painless, and most people will have experienced it before.

How do I check my cholesterol levels?

Your cholesterol levels can be tested by your GP or practice nurse.

Alternatively you can measure your own cholesterol levels using a home testing kit which you can find in any high street chemists.