The ‘Beat Diabetes Walk’ witnessed in excess of 20,000 UAE residents take part in the 3km walkathon in Zabeel Park. The annual event, now in its 11thyear, is organised by Dubai based Landmark Group, to raise awareness of Diabetes, and promote a healthy and active lifestyle. All funds raised form registrations go to the Al Jalila Foundation and has over the years raised in excess of Dhs 3 million, which goes towards research into diabetes, awareness and care.
Speaking about the event Renuka Jagtiani, Chairwoman and CEO of Landmark Group, said: “It is great to see the community come together year on year to be a part of the Beat Diabetes Walk. We owe much of our success and growth of this initiative to the people of UAE, the leadership and our longstanding partners - Dubai Sports Council, Dubai Health Authority, Emirates Diabetes Society, Dubai Municipality Roads & Transport Authority and Dubai Police. This year is even more special for us as we announce the launch of the Beat Diabetes Awards, to recognise the health-driven initiatives taken by schools in the UAE. Through the younger generation, we will continue our efforts to build a healthier nation.”
This years event also featured more community-focused fitness including workouts workouts hosted by Fitness First as well as yoga and dance work outs.