Coway Run on 7th May was a tremendous success!

Coway Run on 7th May was a tremendous success!

Community runs are becoming a large part of growing cities. In Malaysia, Coway – The Water Specialist™ is a huge advocate of the benefits of running. This year, Coway Run was held on 7th May and attracted more than 4000 members of the public. The event was a tremendous success.

Coway Run is a running event that includes any type of runner with open and veteran categories for men and women. It was participated by many, not necessarily athletes. Among the crowd, were a couple of key leaders, Jordan Yeoh and Carey Ng. Jordan Yeoh is a bodybuilder and has built a reputation as a fitness coach, a model and participated in dance competitions overseas as well. Carey Ng is best known for her status as former Miss Universe Malaysia and now actively participate in the pageant as a mentor and director. Both of them represent the different areas to benefit from physical fitness and joining the Coway Run was evident that they could run too!

Winners of Coway Run 10km Men Open (Left) Managing Director of Coway Malaysia Kyle Choi (Right) Coway CEO Harri Lee

For the rest of the runners, the appearance of both of these public figures serves as an inspiration to push the boundaries to stay healthy and fit. Some runners loved the experience of simply sharing the breezing wind while marching forward. It creates a warm, harmonious atmosphere that will leave you smiling and forget all the fatigueness. Behind the run, Coway Runners spread health awareness and directly promote running as an essential way to stay fit. Coway aims to continue this event in the coming years based on the large positive feedback received.

As the Water Specialist™, Coway has been frontlining to create awareness of drinking clean water as a part of a healthy lifestyle. Water, which constitutes the majority of our body, can directly affect your daily life. Drinking cleaner and purified water increases metabolism and energy levels, as well as to improve skin conditions. Water that comes to your household are not necessarily free of impurities and pollutants, but merely at an “acceptable” rate.

Many argue that at this rate, there is not telling if the water is safe for drinking. The only way to ensure your drinking water is clean and pure is to purify it. As an expert in this field, Coway knows this. They have been actively developing better technology to improve the quality of drinking water in their lab in South Korea, which is also the largest R&D centre in the world. This is no easy feat. Each water purifier undergoes 1 million tests!

The stigma that water purifiers are expensive is a myth of the past, since Coway offers a very reasonable RM70 monthly rental fee, which includes once every two months maintenance, and is the most frequent service in the market to ensure the quality of water you are drinking is always at its best condition. It is no longer a novelty to purify your water, and 6 million homes have been using their purifiers. No wonder Coway Water Purifier is the number 1 water purifier brand in Malaysia and Korea.

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5 things you didn’t know about hearing aids and hearing loss

5 things you didn’t know about hearing aids and hearing loss

5 things you didn’t know about hearing aids and hearing loss

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A 25 year-long American study has found a direct correlation between hearing loss and dementia.

T he study revealed much regarding the common occurence of hearing loss that plagues society, and how to prevent hearing loss from affecting your daily routine.

Hearing loss is the result of sound signals not reaching the brain. It can make certain syllables and sounds harder to hear. High-pitched consonants like f, s and t are easily drowned out by louder, low-pitched vowels like a, o and u. This results in a person with hearing loss complaining that they can hear that others are speaking, but not understand what they are actually saying.

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Here are the 5 things you did not know about hearing aids and hearing loss

1) Symptoms of hearing loss

Symptoms of hearing loss may have more subtle characteristics than other diseases like diabetes that more obviously present themselves. Symptoms of hearing loss include things like:

Asking people to repeat themselves.

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Asking people to repeat themselves.

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Turning the TV volume up more than required.

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Turning the TV volume up more than required.

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Problems understanding speech if someone talks from behind or by their side.

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Problems understanding speech if someone talks from behind or by their side.

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Attend less social events like family gatherings than in the past.

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Attend less social events like family gatherings than in the past.

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If you suffer from any of these symptoms, it’s likely that you may have hearing loss. hear.com offers free consultations

2) Hearing loss can lead to decreased cognitive function

Loss of hearing can cause the brain to slowly degenerate due to the cognitive load that is put on the brain in order to process those sounds, sacrificing the efficiency of processing other functions such as memory and thinking. The study of 600 older adults found that those with untreated hearing loss at the beginning of the study were more likely to develop dementia than adults who had hearing loss but were wearing hearing aids.

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3) Hearing aids can aid in protecting cognitive function

By helping the user to detect and translate these sounds into a form that the brain can easily interpret, it lessens the cognitive load, letting it spend the extra effort on other functions such as memory and decision making.

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4) One in three people above 50 has hearing loss

According to the American centre for disease control, hearing loss is the third most chronic condition and more commonplace than the more widely known diseases such as diabetes and asthma. The CDC estimates roughly 600 million people worldwide are living with hearing loss and that this is most prevalent in Asian Pacific countries, which includes Malaysia.

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5) Hearing aid technology has improved by leaps and bounds

Hearing aids are impressive micro-computers that detect your listening environment and adjusts itself to suit your needs. Today’s devices can even be controlled from your smartphone via bluetooth, and unlike in years past when hearing aids were large, protruding devices, today’s hearing aids are almost invisible, only a few millimeters long and roughly the size of coffee beans.

Today, the new Siemens technology offers advanced features that will enhance your ability to hear clearly. hear.com offers models in three categories of technology, basic, mid-range, and premium, to match the level of your hearing loss and your budget needs.

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Free from cancer, but shackled by discrimination

Free from cancer, but shackled by discrimination

Free from cancer, but shackled by discrimination

Ariv Chelvam, 11 April 2017

The battle against cancer is not only mentally and physically challenging, but also financially costly. Even after recovering from cancer, the battle does not end there as cancer survivors often find themselves shunned by employers.

For many, a second chance in life does not come by easy. Adam (not real name), is one such example.

Adam was diagnosed with Stage II Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in February 2016 and began his chemotherapy the same month.

By his third treatment, he was finding it difficult to cope with his job at a logistic company as he was suffering from weakness and fatigue. He resigned the following month.

Five months later, towards the tail end of his treatment in August 2016, Adam finally decided to rejoin the workforce and began applying for jobs.

However, even after he was declared cancer-free in October of that year, Adam was still unable to land a job.

Adam said he couldn’t go back to his old company as they had found a replacement.

“I don’t blame them because they found someone else to replace me, I was gone for a long time,” he said.

However, other companies were not keen on hiring him.

“When I told them (potential employers in interviews) that I just recovered from cancer, you can see their faces change, and we’re talking about big companies,” Adam told Malaysiakini.

He said it was different before he was diagnosed with cancer.

“It was very easy to get a job (at that time)… at my previous company, the boss was really nice, he was very supportive throughout my career.”

Adam finally landed a human resource job in December that year, after four months of persistent job-seeking.

Cancer and the civil service

Halimahton Shaari, 58, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2009, had a slightly different experience.

A 22-year veteran in education, Halimahton had no problem returning to the civil service the following year after her cancer treatment.

However, she noticed that some things had changed upon her return.

“… People did wonder if I was able to handle the work as they kept asking if I was okay and whether I could handle my work,” she said.

Halimahton said she had no problem keeping up but noted that cancer survivors do face challenges after recovery.

“As much as survivors think they can (cope with their usual work routine), they need the space to recover from (the) ravaging treatment of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

“Thus, they should be eased back to their work routine and not (be) immediately bombarded with demanding workload,” she said.

Halimahton, who continued to be involved in the decision-making process, stressed that the perception that cancer survivors cannot perform at work was wrong.

She resigned from the civil service early last year to pursue her personal interests, including volunteer work.

According to personal finance portal iMoney, cancer treatment can cost between RM56,000 to RM395,000 depending on the type of cancer.

The ASEAN Costs in Oncology study found 51 percent of cancer patients face financial difficulties within a year after diagnosis.

This makes it all the more imperative for cancer survivors to be able to find work.

Acknowledging the challenges faced by cancer survivors in the employment market, Hospital Kuala Lumpur’s Radiotherapy and Oncology Department, in cooperation with the National Cancer Society Malaysia, launched cancerfly.com last February.

Already, a number of companies have come on board the jobs portal for cancer survivors, which include Prudential BSN Takaful.

Higher cost to hire survivors

There are a number of reasons why employers are reluctant to hire cancer survivors, said Prudential BSN Takaful unit manager Norhaimah Muhamad.

“Some offices provide free medical (benefits) to all their staff. But if cancer survivors were to be employed, the office will need to pay more in terms of insurance premium, it’s basically stressing the management financially,” she said.

However, Norhaimah said Prudential BSN Takaful is willing to hire cancer survivors and urged them to enquire about jobs at their branches.

The company last February also set up a booth at Kuala Lumpur Hospital offering jobs to cancer survivors.

Lawyer Sonia Abraham said under Malaysian law, job applicants have a legal obligation to be truthful in their job application.

This includes being upfront and disclosing about one’s cancer, said Sonia, who specialises in employment law.

She said there are no specific laws to prevent discrimination against cancer sufferers but added that there were general provisions such as the Employment Act 1955 and Industrial Relations Act 1967, which protects the rights of all employees including cancer sufferers.

In the US, the American with Disabilities Act and Federal Rehabilitation Act specifically prohibits discrimination of employees who have or have had cancer.

Sonia said to date, there had not been any reported cases of an employee being dismissed due to cancer in Malaysia.

However, she said this does not mean there was no discrimination against cancer sufferers.

“There could be instances when an employer terminates an employee (as) they don’t want to deal with their health problems and then tries to find other reasons to justify their actions,” she said.

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Gout, an ‘ancient’ disease that has been plaguing humans since ancient Egypt circa 7,000 years ago. Archaeological studies found that mummies excavated from the Egyptian pyramids contained urate crystals in their joints. Famous Greek physician Hippocrates also stated the existence of gout in his times.

In ancient times, people’s understanding of gout was virtually nil, let alone treatment and medication. When gout strikes, they simply resort to seeking divine help, hoping for a miracle.

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Australian cudweed flower contains rich anti-gout ingredients that can break down stubborn tophi effectively.

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Folk remedy for gout

Folk remedy for gout

Gout patients would be at a loss when the fearsome gout strikes them with sheer physical and mental pain rages on. From folk remedy to traditional Chinese medicine, Western medicine, and self medication, gout patients have been searching far and wide to treat their illness.

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They found that Australian cudweed flower contains rich anti-gout ingredients that can break down stubborn tophi effectively. SORNADO Tea Bag was later produced as a result of years of extensive studies that packs 100% natural goodness of Australian cudweed flower into the convenient tea-bag for ease of preparation and consumption.

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Join the 10km Coway run!

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Join the 10km Coway run!

The number 1 water purifier brand* in Malaysia will organize a 10 Kilometre run to raise awareness regarding the importance of water to our health.

Coway, a Korean company that emphasizes on premium water filters continues its record of championing health related issues by highlighting the importance of hydration during exercise.

Water is the most important nutrient that humans need. One can go several weeks without food, but three days without water and a person risks death. This is because with 75% of our bodies being made out of water, it is the most abundant compound in the human body.

Studies show that being properly hydrated can lead to a higher level of efficiency in the execution of our daily routine. In fact, dehydration can cause severe mental fatigue and an increase in memory problems. The reason for this can be found In the nutrients that our brain is composed of.

The marathon couples drinking water, the main source of hydration, with exercise, the main cause of dehydration, in a powerful message to the public on how both are equally important and emphasizes on the need to maintain the balance between the two in order to ensure a healthy body.

With an impeccable reputation of stringent testing of their products, making sure that each of their machines go through a million tests before it reaches its consumers, the company hopes that the 10k run will encourage participants and those around them to hydrate themselves.

The company also states that they send service experts they have dubbed Coway ladies or “Cody”, to homes once every two months to carry out regular servicing of these devices, ensuring that they are working at maximum efficiency and guarantee clean drinking water.

Coway’s growing customer base of 6 million homes is a testament to the success of their product and the strict quality control practices that the company implements will only further improve their track record as the best source of purified water in the country.

The Coway run will include a 10 Kilometre trail and will run alongside a 5 Kilometre fun run. Registrations are open to ages 18 and up and can be registered at http://mro.myraceonline.com/cowa17/registrations before 16th of April.

Be a hydration advocate and join the Coway run on the 7th May. You will be thrilled to find Malaysian runners in all shapes, sizes, moods and mindsets, like the walkers and talkers, the snails and the Olympians. Haven’t run enough to know who are them? Check out the video introducing the Malaysian runners you hate and love.

*Highest market share in water purifier market in Malaysia, according to Spire Research and Consulting, 2016; GfK, 2017.

Be a hydration advocate, join the Coway run on the 7th May and support the cause