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OMRON Healthcare launches new line of body composition monitors, digital weight scale devices

OMRON Healthcare, a global leader in the field of clinically proven, innovative medical equipment, is launching a new line of body composition monitors and digital weight scale devices to help Filipinos keep track of their overall weight and health, especially after the holiday season.

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If you’re like most Filipinos, the recent Yuletide season was mostly likely filled with special moments around the dining table, enjoying delicious holiday meals with family and loved ones. With food being a central part of Filipino celebrations and salo-salo and handaan still pushed while keeping to health protocols, post-holiday thoughts include weight gain concerns.

Overindulgence in food and drinks and lack of exercise during the holidays can increase the risks of obesity, which is fast becoming a major health problem in the country. The Philippines currently has a moderate risk score in the national obesity risk scoring by the World Obesity Federation (WOF). A WOF report released in March 2021 also showed that adult obesity rates in the country experienced very rapid growth from 1995 to 2015 at 5.4 percent for men and 3.7 percent for women.

One good way to kick off 2022 and protect oneself from health concerns such as obesity is to maintain – or start – a healthy lifestyle and observe proper weight management. OMRON Healthcare, a global leader in the field of clinically proven, innovative medical equipment, is launching a new line of body composition monitors and digital weight scale devices to help Filipinos keep track of their overall weight and health, especially after the holiday season.

Better health with smarter health control

Body weight is not the only yardstick for a healthy body. Body mass index, body fat percentage and muscle mass percentage are also equally important to ensure one is healthy and fit.

OMRON’s New Body Composition Monitors HBF-255T and HBF-702T and Digital Weight Scale HN-300T2 make it easier than ever to keep track of these numbers for a healthier lifestyle. These new devices are designed to complement diets and exercise regimens, providing a range of indicators such as resting metabolism, body fat percentage, visceral fat level and body age for more effective weight management. 

The new body composition monitors — the HBF-702T and HBF-255T — are smart-sensing devices designed to provide a more comprehensive view of the user’s health. The HBF-702T features Full Body Sensing Technology to provide better understanding of the user’s body composition using an auto-recognition feature. Users can get accurate and reliable measurements within 11 seconds of stepping on the device. The HBF-255T can help anyone stay inspired to get in shape. Its Previous Value Display feature aids with weight progress tracking and Weight Subtraction Function, which also makes weighing of babies and children more convenient.

OMRON’s Digital Weight Scale HN-300T2 not only keeps track of the user’s weight but also monitors BMI trends and progress in relation to the user’s weight goal. It has a lightweight tempered glass for safety, four sensor accuracy technology and auto on/off. The auto filtering function allows the user to extract and display only a specific weight value from the data transferred by the scale through the OMRON Connect App.

The HBF-702T, HBF-255T and the HN-300T2 are ideal for those with specific weight loss goals and those who are looking to take control of their health. All three devices can conveniently be accessed through the OMRON Connect app, where users can note their personal health history and view progress from their latest activities.

OMRON’s new Body Composition Monitors HBF-255T and HBF 702T and Digital Weight Scale HN-300T2 will be available on OMRON’s official flagship Lazada and Shopee stores. Customers can avail of these health partners for holistic weight management starting February 1st.

For more information about OMRON Healthcare’s products and their availability, please visit https://www.omronhealthcare-ap.com/ph.

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AXA PH volunteers join forces for good

In the Philippines, the volunteer activities kicked off with two simultaneous events: a meal packing session for the benefit of Rise Against Hunger Philippines, and solar light building in partnership with Liter of Light.

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Annually, insurance company AXA organizes one full week dedicated to sustainability. The AXA Week for Good, the highlight of the purpose-led company’s year-long corporate responsibility activities, aims to celebrate the ability of AXA employees to take positive action by offering their time and skills to support our two sustainability pillars: climate change & biodiversity and inclusive protection.

In the Philippines, the volunteer activities kicked off with two simultaneous events: a meal packing session for the benefit of Rise Against Hunger Philippines, and solar light building in partnership with Liter of Light. Rise Against Hunger is an organization committed to ending hunger and malnutrition, while Liter of Light is a global non-profit organization that provides sustainable and affordable lights to people with limited or no access to electricity.

Employees also volunteered for Rise Against Hunger’s mobile soup kitchen activity in communities around Taguig. These soup kitchens serve Filipinos that are especially in need of nutrition, including pregnant mothers, the elderly, and children.

Through the combined efforts of these activities, volunteers were able to pack a total of 5,400 meals, assemble 250 solar lamps, and feed 1,500 children.

The company also organized a blood donation drive, which served as their response to the current blood shortage in the country due to the ongoing pandemic. A total of 44 bags of blood were collected from this initiative.

AXA Philippines employees also participated in mangrove planting activities held in Batangas and La Union, with volunteers working together to plant a total of 550 mangrove seedlings to help maintain the ecological health of the area.

In addition to the multitude of activities arranged by AXA entities locally, the Paris-based AXA Group also organizes a ‘Global Challenge’ with all members of its volunteer program, AXA Hearts in Action.

AXA entities worldwide celebrated Week for Good via special activities in partnership with The Good Planet Foundation. These include climate- and biodiversity-themed workshops that help raise employees’ awareness on climate change issues.

In the Philippines, employees volunteered at the Rise Against Hunger Good Food Farm to learn about sustainable agriculture practices and help harvest produce from vegetable and fruit gardens. Volunteers harvested 35kg worth of vegetables with the local farmers, which will be used in meals for the adopted communities of AXA Philippines and Rise Against Hunger.

“AXA has always been committed towards leaving a positive impact on the planet, which is why we are glad that we are able to once again gather together as a team to participate in our sustainability efforts as we celebrate Week for Good. We take pride in our employees’ passion and enthusiasm in dedicating their time and skills to do good for society and for the environment,” said Gael Lapie, CEO In-Charge and Chief Financial Officer of AXA Philippines.

To know more about AXA Week for Good, visit https://www.axa.com/en/about-us/community-corporate-responsibility-week.

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AXA PH supports marine environmental education through Emma by AXA

For every AXA Philippines customer who will sign up, pay their premium for the first time, or do top-ups on Emma by AXA through the app or website from July 25 to August 31, AXA Philippines will donate ocean education storybooks to the children of Oceanus’ partner local communities through AXA Hearts in Action, AXA’s volunteer program. Customers who successfully register to Emma by AXA will also receive an electronic certificate to commemorate their donation.

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AXA has long been guided by its sustainability pillars centered around climate change and biodiversity, as well as inclusive protection. In the Philippines, the company has partnered with numerous groups and causes that share the same advocacy. This August, AXA Philippines is partnering with Oceanus Conservation, a science-based non-profit environmental organization focusing on the conservation and restoration of blue carbon habitats in the Philippines, to promote ocean literacy to Filipino children.

Being an archipelago, the Philippines has a rich biodiversity. However, access to marine environmental education remains limited around the country. Oceanus aims to invest in the future of Filipinos through marine environmental education in local communities and marine-field programs that promote better appreciation of the country’s marine life. Recently, they launched their second educational children’s storybook, “Ocean Adventures with Cory,” that shines a light on the impact of climate change on coral reefs.

For every AXA Philippines customer who will sign up, pay their premium for the first time, or do top-ups on Emma by AXA through the app or website from July 25 to August 31, AXA Philippines will donate ocean education storybooks to the children of Oceanus’ partner local communities through AXA Hearts in Action, AXA’s volunteer program. Customers who successfully register to Emma by AXA will also receive an electronic certificate to commemorate their donation.

“As a company that is committed to sustainability, we always seek new ways to do our part in protecting the environment. Through this partnership, we hope to promote ocean education, make ocean literacy more accessible, and inspire the future generations to help protect our oceans,” shared Nandy Villar, AXA Philippines Chief Customer Officer.

Through Emma by AXA and AXA Hearts in Action, AXA Philippines aims to be an avenue that supports relevant social causes. Recently, they also had the “Adopt a Mangrove Seedling” program wherein mangroves were planted on behalf of customers. The company also organized a bayanihan drive in partnership with Cropital, a program that directly support local farmers, wherein AXA Philippines purchased rice from Cropital farmers and donated these to beneficiary communities.

Emma by AXA allows safe and convenient in-app transactions for AXA customers such as checking of policy information real-time and hassle-free filing of hospitalization and motor claims. Non-AXA customers can also get free 24/7 access to emergency services such as roadside, medical, fire, and police assistance. The app also allows users to contact their loved ones in case of emergencies quickly, letting them list up to three emergency contacts on the app.

Moreover, AXA customers can easily accomplish other essential transactions on the app, such as accessing their ePolicy, avail medical teleconsultation, and access their Global Health Access or Health Care Access eCard.

Emma by AXA can be downloaded on the Google Play or App Store. It can also be accessed via web. For more information, visit axa.com.ph/emma.

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3 Vital purposes why there is a need to have a go-to medical shop

Medical Depot, a long-time medical supplier and among the reliable go-to medical shops in the Philippines, contributes to bridging this healthcare accessibility gap and consumer demand in many parts of the country by aggressively expanding its touchpoints to reach hundreds of thousands of Filipinos.

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To address healthcare inequities and ever-changing public health demands, the attainability of medical equipment is necessary.

World Health Organization specified that access to high-quality, fairly priced, and appropriate healthcare products are critical – for universal health coverage, medical emergencies, and promoting healthier populations.

With this global concern, go-to medical shops exist to help communities around the world. These are retail shops offering a wide array of healthcare products, medical equipment, and supplies. Below are three vital purposes why there is a need to have a go-to medical shop.

Bridging the Medical Equipment Accessibility Gap and Demand

Amid the pandemic, a significant problem the world faces are the inaccessibility and shortage of healthcare product needs.

This issue will expect to rise in the next five years as “the medical devices market in the Philippines is currently in Growth Stage, with an increase in number of hospitals, high prevalence of chronic diseases, rising instances of heart and kidney failures…” (Ken Research, 2022) which means medical equipment is not only critical to modern healthcare today but will be even more critical in the future.

Medical Depot, a long-time medical supplier and among the reliable go-to medical shops in the Philippines, contributes to bridging this healthcare accessibility gap and consumer demand in many parts of the country by aggressively expanding its touchpoints to reach hundreds of thousands of Filipinos with a wide variety of medical needs from pharmaceutical, medical supplies, COVID-19 related products to hospital equipment that other prominent players in the medical industry do not offer.

Access to High Quality and Affordable Medicines

With the health and lives of millions at stake, the medical industry continues to evolve with innovations and products fit for the community. Having go-to medical shops in the country can ensure the public an access to high quality and affordable medicines, supplies, and equipment that can cater to their needs boost the health of the Filipinos.

“The end goal is for patients to receive the best available and affordable treatment for their illnesses.” (Harsono, Ng, 2018) With reliable and trusted medical shops available in the market today, there is more options for Filipinos to gain quality and affordable medicines that they need for everyday life.

Contributes to the Community

When enough medical supplies are accessible and near community medical facilities, it can address many of the community’s health concerns.

Through a go-to medical shop, local public and private clinics and hospitals can easily obtain affordable medical equipment that are needed to help them fulfill their healthcare and medical duties. Also, convenient reach and access of pharmaceutical products and medical equipment can boost community confidence in accepting healthcare treatments, which is foundational to improving healthcare outcomes (NRC Health, 2019).

While life may have slowed down during the pandemic, businesses have had to pivot fast to serve their customers.

This inspired Medical Depot in 2021 to pursue its e-commerce platform that help redesign the way they serve their customers and the local community. Easy access to online medical supplies, products, and equipment can help many Filipinos all over the country. To date, the company offers its solutions and products to the public through their e-commerce platform and 40 branches nationwide.

 To learn more about what they offer and the latest updates, visit the Medical Depot PH website or their Facebook page.

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