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Preventing chronic diseases through physical activity (01/04/2014)

Health estimated 24,000 citizens aged between 35 and 65 years of Yecla and Jumilla could benefit from this initiative that 3,400 patients have already been

The Department of Health V-Altiplano, composed of the municipalities of Yecla and Jumilla, launches the 'Set Program' prescription of exercise in three health centers in primary care, for which the Ministry of Health and Social Policy has signed an agreement with the councils of these towns.

The Minister of Health and Social Policy, María Ángeles Palacios, presented this project at the Hospital Virgen del Castillo de Yecla with the mayor of this town, Marcos Ortuño, and responsible for the City of Jumilla, Enrique Jimenez.

The 'Set Program' is aimed at patients aged between 35 and 65 sedentary subjects with cardiovascular risk factors.

Specifically, estimates of Health, Health in this area could benefit some 24,000 citizens.

In the health area V-Altiplano the 'Set Program' will be developed in two primary care centers in Yecla, with 38 health professionals, of which 21 are family doctors and 17 nurses, and the Health Center Jumilla with 26 professionals, of which 14 are family physicians and 12 nurses are.

The objective of this project is education, said Palacios, "loyalty and promote physical activity and reduce sedentary, as stated in the 2010-2015 Health Plan of the Region of Murcia, at rates under 45 percent" .

The Minister stressed the importance of practicing some form of physical activity to prevent or deal with certain chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, diabetes, hypertension and colon cancer, among others.

The 'Set Program', Palacios said, has been "well received" by the professionals who have been involved to the maximum in this initiative, and by the citizens, so that "our aim is to continue innovating with other varieties that follow the same pattern and extending it to all municipalities in the region. "

The Mayor of Yecla, welcomed to coordinate the resources of the regional and local administrations in this type of preventive health policy through physical activity.

As reflected in the signed agreement, the city of Yecla, like that of Jumilla, made available to this program its sports facilities.

The Ministry of Health and Social Policy also recalled that a few months ago started the 'Active Families Programme' for children between 9 and 12 in order to prevent obesity and childhood overweight.

Palacios concluded that "the priority now is to continue to make this initiative, bringing it closer to all points of the region and its benefits favoring the practice of physical activity routinely and according to the possibilities of our organization."

Source: Ayuntamiento de Yecla

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