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New series of WCM-Q webinars aims to improve community health

From left to right: Drs. Sohaila Cheema, Ravinder Mamtani, Shahrad Taheri, Sathyanarayanan Doraiswamy.
From left to right: Drs. Sohaila Cheema, Ravinder Mamtani, Shahrad Taheri, Sathyanarayanan Doraiswamy.

Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar is continuing to help educate and improve the health of the local community, with a new program of community webinars.

The new Health and YOU program has been launched by the college’s Institute for Population Health (IPH) and aims to create community awareness about health and disease. The webinars presented by WCM-Q faculty and other experts cover a wide range of common issues that impact upon our health and for which people can take charge, engage in selfcare, and change behaviour to improve their wellbeing.

The series began with the webinar ‘Take charge to better your health’, by Dr. Ravinder Mamtani, professor of population health sciences and medicine, and vice dean for student affairs-admissions, population health, and lifestyle medicine.

Subsequent webinars included ‘The Secrets of Longevity’ by Dr. Sohaila Cheema, assistant dean for the Institute for Population Health, and ‘Things that go bump in the night: Impact of sleep on health’ by Dr. Shahrad Taheri, professor of medicine at WCM-Q.

Lifestyle-related diseases like obesity, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease are now the biggest cause of premature death in the world and IPH hopes to encourage Qatar’s community to take responsibility for their own health by taking regular exercise, eating a balanced diet high in fruits, vegetables, and wholegrains, and avoiding unhealthy habits like smoking cigarettes and shisha.

All the webinars are free and open to the general public. The latest, entitled ‘Just keep moving - it's easy and healthy’, presented by Dr. Sathyanarayanan Doraiswamy, instructor in population health sciences and assistant director at the Institute for Population Health, who discussed the role of exercise in promoting health and preventing disease. 

The ultimate objective of the series is to enhance self-care, reduce suffering, improve the quality of life, and increase longevity. Additionally, it will aid and support people in making informed decisions about their health and disease. 

For more information and details about how to join the session, visit Previous webinars can also be viewed here.