REACHING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE THROUGH BEHAVIORAL CHANGE
MARCH 15, 2020 @ 2.47PM
In 2011, the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that Malaysia is ranked number one for the country with the most overweight population in Southeast Asia. Nearly a decade since, the country still has the highest rate of obesity among Asian countries, with 64% of male and 65% of female population living with obesity. This can be attributed to the diet, and prolonged unhealthy eating habits which can increase the risk of contracting non-communicable diseases (NCDs) ‒ such as heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.
To help Malaysians better curb the onset of NCDs while still catering to their “live-to-eat” need, local Malaysian startup, Savor of Life has devised an easy-to-follow healthy meal plan.
More than the provision of plant-based boxed meals, the brand is also providing a simple step-by-step recipe together with ingredients, guiding people in preparing their meals with their preferred taste.
“Opting for a balanced diet is key in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Through meal planning and having a better understanding of our daily intake, we are able to better reach our diet and nutritional goals. Ultimately, we hope to help people adopt healthier eating habits as part of a lifestyle change that can help prevent diseases later in life,” said Shaun Kuan, its Chief Executive Officer.
Stay motivated with a health coach
While healthy diets can reduce the risk of NCDs, there are other factors within each individual’s control that can further boost their health. Exercising, stress management and controlling or abstaining from the intake of tobacco and alcohol are also effective means to boost physical wellbeing.
More often than not, poor lifestyle choices are co-related; for example, stress can lead to emotional eating, and fatigue can contribute to physical inactivity.
Understanding the vicious cycle that follows an unhealthy lifestyle and the challenge in breaking the habit, Savor of Life consultants aim to keep Malaysians in check by taking on the role of a mobile health coach. Trained in behavioral changes, health coaches focus on ensuring that the physical and mental health of their clients are managed, motivating them to make permanent changes for a better lifestyle.
“Our lifestyle and behavioral factors are a big contributor to chronic diseases, and it can be easy to relapse into our old habits when we are not equipped with the right knowledge and motivations to change. More than fitness, our mental health also plays an important part in living a healthy life. We want to help people achieve continued change, getting to the root of their health issues and overcoming them together,” said Shaun.
While one’s background, lifestyle and environment can affect the chances of developing chronic diseases, the combination of a healthier diet alongside a personal motivator can help many conquer these obstacles through prevention, not medication.
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