Sports Day success for WCMC-Q and Your Health First
WCMC-Q’s Sahtak Awalan team had booths at two high-profile locations in Doha – the first at Qatar Olympic Committee’s Sports Village on the Corniche and the second at WCMC-Q itself as part of the wider Qatar Foundation celebrations.
At both venues thousands of people were able to able to take advantage of the latest technology and accurately measure their weight and how much of their body is muscle, bone and fat. The college’s medical mannequins were available for people to attempt resuscitation and learn more about how the body works and Dr. Shahrad Taheri, professor of medicine at WCMC-Q, gave a talk on obesity. The famous smoothie bikes were also on hand, allowing young and old alike to blend their own smoothies by pedaling a bicycle. Down on the Corniche, a mini football obstacle course let youngsters practice their ball skills.
The Your Health First booths also attracted the attention of VIPs. HE Sheikh Saoud bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, secretary general and CEO of the Qatar Olympic Committee, and HE Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani, chairperson of the Qatar Museums Authority both visited the booth at the Sports Village to find out more about the work of Your Health First. At WCMC-Q, QF president Eng Saad Ebrahim Al Muhannadi asked aspiring doctor and Class of 2016 student Bassil Kherallah for details about the medical mannequin.
Dr. Javaid Sheikh, dean of WCMC-Q, said National Sports Day had been a great success across the country and that the Your Health First campaign was a perfect fit for it.
Dr. Sheikh said: “As a medical college we have cutting edge equipment at our disposal and it’s very gratifying to be able to share this with the public, allowing them to analyze the make-up of their own bodies. This gives them a real insight into how their diets and exercise have a physical effect on themselves.
“On the lighter side we had the smoothie bicycles, which are not only great fun, but hopefully remind people that fruit and vegetables can taste great without adding sugar, ice cream and syrup.
“Sports Day is a wonderful opportunity for us all to take stock of our health and make changes that will benefit not only ourselves but also our friends and families in future years.”