The Star Online, 31 May 2014 - TCM: Journey of a thousand miles

The Star Online, 31 May 2014

PETALING JAYA: Shoppers at Tropicana City Mall were treated to free health checks and talks at the launch of the Healthy Feet & Health Solutions Carnival.

The carnival, which is on until tomorrow, is aimed at educating people about the importance of healthy feet and being healthy generally.

The one-stop carnival also covers health issues from head to toe, providing free foot screenings, eye tests, hair and scalp tests, cell checks, health consultations and talks.

There are activities for all ages and all walks of life. Among them are colouring contests, cooking demos and a shoe exchange programme enabling people to “trade-in” old shoes.

Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya, who launched the carnival, said there was a need for better public awareness of foot problems and other aspects of health.

“Malaysia is an ageing population because we live longer now. After Merdeka in 1957, our life expectancy was less than 60, but now it has increased to 73 and 76 for men and women respectively.

“So now we have more age-related health problems, especially those resulting from the feet. Many elderly people suffer form arthritis and backaches but young people are also affected, especially women who wear high heels and stand for long durations,” he said after the launch.

Dr Edmund Lee, group chief executive officer of MyORTHO, the event’s main sponsor, said that many foot problems remained untreated due to a lack of knowledge.

“Foot problems cause more than just pain, they also lead to problems with joints, knees and the back.

“Unfortunately many people don’t care about their feet until they face major problems. The most that we usually do for our feet is to cut our toe nails,” he said.

Malaysia Retail Chain Association president Datuk Liaw Choon Liang, a supporter of the event, said the organisation has a focus on health issues.

“We want to promote good health among members. That is why we are organising a Mt Kinabalu charity climb in July and big marathons at the end of the year,” he said.