How art can help boost health awareness to the public

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A new contest is aiming to raise awareness of lifestyle-related medical conditions by tapping into young people’s creativity.

Art for Health has been launched by the Ministry of Health and Prevention in line with UAE Vision 2021, which seeks to build a world-class health sector and reduce the cases of lifestyle-related diseases in the UAE such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

Open to people aged 18 to 30, the competition encourages artists to submit work in one of four categories: film, infographics, photography or graphics.

All entries will be put to a public vote and assessed by a technical committee before three finalists are announced.

Commenting on the competition, Dr Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, minister of health and prevention, explained that Art for Health highlights the role that the arts, and youth, the country’s future leaders, play, particularly in helping to deliver relevant social messages within the community.

Dr Hussein Abdel-Rahman Rand, assistant undersecretary for health clinics and centres, added that the initiative aims to encourage talented youth to create “masterpieces” in relation to the UAE’s health sector, adding that the competition acts as a creative way for the government to address its current health challenges while spreading a message about “positive health behaviours” in a bid to significantly reduce the number of chronic diseases in the country.

To find out more or submit your artwork, visit: artforhealth.ae

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