A research symposium in China, supported by Nestlé, will examine how specific nutrients might be used to address cardiovascular disease.
STAYING ACTIVE: The symposium reflects Nestlé’s commitment to promoting healthier diets in China.
The event, organised by the Nestlé Research Centre in Beijing and the Chinese Society of Cardiology, will bring international experts together to discuss how focused nutrition research could help to tackle problems like high cholesterol in the blood.
Studies due to be presented on October 12 include those looking at the role of certain food ingredients and compounds in lowering blood lipids and blood pressure.
Other subjects include how dietary modification can play a role in cardiovascular and metabolic disease prevention and how maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help reduce risk factors for diseases such as high blood pressure and high blood sugar.
“Cardiovascular disease risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity have significantly increased in China recent years.” Junkuan Wang, Head of the Nestlé Research Centre in Beijing.
Committed to healthier diets
The symposium reflects Nestlé’s commitment to actively promoting healthier diets and lifestyles in China by making nutrition information available to more people through academic exchanges and education.
Last month, the company announced it would be offering elderly people across China free heart checks and health consultations as part of a new nationwide education programme.
“Cardiovascular disease risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity have significantly increased in China recent years,” said Junkuan Wang, Head of the Nestlé Research Centre in Beijing.
“According to the 2002 Chinese National Nutrition and Health Survey, 160 million Chinese adults suffered from high blood pressure, while another 160 million had hyperlipidemia, or abnormally high levels of lipids in the blood.
“As the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company, we believe we have an important part to play in contributing to research in nutritional sciences, cardiovascular, and metabolic health, which ultimately helps consumers in China have all the information they need to make healthier, more informed choices,” he added.
Setting an example
At the symposium, Nestlé will help to launch a new campaign to promote better nutrition and health among Chinese physicians.
The campaign, organised by the Chinese Society of Cardiology, will encourage doctors and other health professionals to follow a healthy diet and lifestyle themselves to set a good example to their patients.
Nestlé is supporting the campaign by providing educational materials and nutrition experts to take part in events.
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