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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 48

President's word

Department of Preventive Medicine, Military Hospital, Khamis Mushyait, Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication12-Mar-2014

Correspondence Address:
Waleed S Abu-Melha
Department of Preventive Medicine, Military Hospital, Khamis Mushyait
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2347-2618.128624

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By December, 2013, the Board of Saudi Arabian Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (SASMBS) will complete its first cycle which showed many achievements in a short period of time. During this cycle, we tried to do our best to attain some of the objectives of the society. First and the most important achievement was the publishing and disseminating Saudi Journal of Obesity and then issuing the Clinical Guidelines on Prevention and Treatment of obesity in Saudi Arabia. Other achievements included conducting SASMBS Conference in Dubai, UAE in March, 2013. Some other academic and educational activities such as meetings and symposia were executed in Al-Khobar and Abha, Saudi Arabia.

Regarding activities directed to public, SASMBS participated in the World Day of Obesity which corresponds to, 26 th October, 2013. During this event, a large health educational forum in Al-Khamis City, KSA was executed. Face-to-face health education about the prevention of obesity was done, health education materials were distributed in addition to measuring weight, height and body mass index. In this activity, many clients with overweight/obesity were given counseling about the important roles of diet and exercise and some of them were referred to primary health care centers for further care.

Another symposium was conducted in coordination and collaboration with King Khalid University, Abha and attended by more than 200 participants from different health specialties. This activity dealt with the magnitude of obesity in Saudi Arabia, roles of different health sectors in preventing obesity, in addition to therapeutic modalities for treating patients with obesity.

Finally, we hope that the board and members of the society achieved a little of objectives during the short period of time of the long journey of our society. We wish that the next cycle will be more productive in order to achieve the rest of objectives that could not be achieved yet.


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