2nd World Conference on Exercise Medicine (WCEM) was held on 24-26 September at the Hotel Equatorial in Malacca. The organiser, MS Exercise Medicine invited more than 700 medical experts from over 33 countries to attend the conference, discussing 60 key health issues. In 2017, MS Exercise Medicine successfully held the 1st WCEM. In March 2018, they hosted the first meeting in preparation for the 2nd WCEM in Dubai. The conference this year was set to include 6 major topics: exercise and cancer prevention, exercise and immunity, exercise and cardiovascular diseases, exercise and endocrinology, exercise and metabolism, and lastly exercise and nutrition. The International Exercise Medicine and Science Committee was founded and guided by the WHO Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention Unit and the European Medical Association. Hosted by MS Exercise Medicine Malaysia, the WCEM is set up to prevent non-communicable diseases at a global level.
According to reports by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the annual death toll due to NCDs stand at 41 million people globally, making up 71% of all human deaths. WHO’s report also shows cardiovascular diseases as the top killer, taking 17.9 million lives a year, followed by cancer (9 million deaths), respiratory diseases (3.9 million deaths) and diabetes (1.6 million deaths). Founder and CEO of Monspace, and head organiser of WCEM Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai pointed out at the opening ceremony: “The main causes of widespread NCDs are tobacco use, lack of exercise, alcohol abuse, and unhealthy diets.” There is evidence that shows that of all deaths caused by NCDs, 17 million cases happened before the age of 70. Early death are most significantly caused by unhealthy diets and a lack of exercise. A sedentary lifestyle can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. These are also called metabolic risk factors, which can cause cardiovascular diseases, and are the main causes of early death due to NCDs. “Nevertheless, NCDs can be effectively prevented through effective intervention. This includes the promotion of a healthy lifestyle, adjusting diets, quitting cigarettes, stop drinking alcohol in excess and exercise more,” said CEO of MS Exercise Medicine, Prof. Dr. Lee Chee Pheng.
The Exercise Medicine Committee, set up after the 1st WCEM, has maintained a close working relationship with WHO. It participated in the “Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020”, contributing its part to help reduce the growth rate of NCDs worldwide. As such, medical experts from around the world will be attending the WCEM and discussing their research findings on NCDs. This year, a wide breadth of topics are covered, including: Breastfeeding & NCD Prevention, Exercise & Behavioural Changes, Exercise & the Elderly, Exercise & Endocrinology. Medical experts attending this conference are coming in from Switzerland, Slovakia, Taiwan, England, the US, Philippines, Syria, Ukraine, Singapore, Japan, Korea and more.
“Everyone has the right to enjoy a healthy life. With cooperation, we believe we can address the main causes of NCDs, removing the biggest obstacles to global health. We look to medical experts to come up with new ways of combatting health issues, paving the way for innovative, bold and practical solutions to step up the prevention of NCDs,” said Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai. On another hand, the 2nd graduation ceremony of the Asia College of Exercise & Sports was also held in Hotel Equatorial, Malacca on the 25th. The host this year were College Chairperson Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai and College Dean Mr. Lee Che Chen. The honourable Raja Dato’ Seri Yong Sofia, princess of Perak was also present to initiate the launch ceremony. Asia College of Exercise & Sports is Malaysia’s only college dedicated to the nurturing of exercise medicine professionals. It was awarded the Best Regional Institute by the Europe Business Assembly in 2016.
Dato’ Sri Jessy Lai also shared on the graduation ceremony: “I hope for all graduates here to be exercise medicine professionals in future, to serve the exercise medicine industry in Malaysia, and the many patients who need your expertise.” “MS Exercise Medicine also welcomes outstanding graduates to join the team! Lastly, I wish everyone a happy graduation and a bright future!”