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Yup! You Can't Be Sick. So, What Now?

A person doing yoga on a sloping ground in silhouette


In the Philippines, we just can't afford to be sick. With the current economic turmoil that we are currently experiencing today, wastage of our hard-earned cash is inexcusable. Our life savings can be gone in a split second when we're facing health problems. In fact, this mantra has been exploited by a vitamin supplement company before with their advertising campaign Bawal Magkasakit (You should not be sick.)

According to the 8th National Nutrition Survey results released in July 2014, 1 in every 10 Filipinos has Chronic Energy Deficiency (CED). CED us having low stored energy due to lack of intake of proper nutrients. On the other hand, it also revealed that 3 out of 10 Filipinos are obese or overweight. What's worse is that 1 in every 4 pregnant mothers is nutritionally-at-risk. These include young mothers; expectant mothers from rural areas; mothers in their first trimester; and mothers in poor communities.

This means that a lot of Filipinos are at risk when it comes to health problems. Although the government has pushed for a universal health care system for all, the Department of Health's budget has been slashed because of lack of funding. Yet, in September 2017, Congress passed into law the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) program, which aims to provide comprehensive health care and insurance for all Filipinos. It is still tough to rely on this because of the current status of our political landscape today. This is the reason why we should always be ready in case we face some health issues in the future. We should dedicate some part of our monthly income on health insurance not just for ourselves but also for our loved ones as well.

Photo Credits: Arby Bautista

Sun Life and Health and Wellness


One of the best and most trusted health insurance company in the country is Sun Life Financial Incorporated. As part of their health and wellness advocacy, they have tapped Enchong Dee, an accomplished swimmer and a former member of the Philippine National Team. He will be engaging with online users online by sharing tips on how to live a healthier life and document his own journey towards his fitness goals.

"I'm very honored to be a part of the Sun Life family," Enchong said in the midst of the Ironman 70.3 race in Cebu. "It's great that I will be promoting something that's very close to my heart, which is health and wellness. I look forward to doing my share to help Sun Life lead more to a healthier, brighter life," he added.

About Sun Life Financial

Sun Life Financial is a leading international financial services organization providing a diverse range of insurance, wealth and asset management solutions to individuals and corporate Clients. Sun Life Financial has operations in some markets worldwide, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Japan, Indonesia, India, China, Australia, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, and Bermuda. As of December 31, 2016, Sun Life Financial had total assets under management of $903 billion. For more information, please visit www.sunlife.com.
Sun Life Financial Inc. trades on the Toronto (TSX), New York (NYSE) and Philippine (PSE) stock exchanges under the ticker symbol SLF.x

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