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Club and college volunteers, including more than 80 King Saud University students, participated in this summer’s Saudi Aramco Summer Festival in Riyadh, held at Prince Sultan University. In the month-long festival that ended August 6, volunteers promoted health awareness through a series of physical tests and education, with emphasis on the detection of and preventative measures to avoid chronic illness.
Physical tests included measurement of height, weight, blood pressure, and bone density, while education was addressed through discussions and the dissemination of literature. One of the major discussions involved the importance of a proper diet to avoid obesity,a condition linked to myriad health issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer, as well as maintenance of reasonable eating habits during the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Dr. Ebtesam M. Al-Olayan, the festival’s volunteer supervisor, had a KSU team of medical students give a presentation on osteoporosis, a disease that diminishes bone density and makes them fragile. The team demonstrated how bone density is measured and offered tips on how to avoid osteoporosis. In another session, particularly skewed toward the festival’s younger visitors, the team discussed the environment, explaining how was freeing it from contamination and pollution contributes to a long-term healthy lifestyle, not only in the Kingdom, but world-wide.
A spokesman for Saudi Aramco described the festival as a major success and commended the KSU delegation for its contributions throughout the month.