13 WORLD GASTROENTEROLOGY NEWS SEPTEMBER 2015 Editorial | Expert Point of View | Gastro 2015: AGW/WGO | WDHD News | WGO & WGOF News | WGO Global Guidelines | Calendar of Events Welcome to the celebration of World Digestive Health Day: Heartburn, A Global Perspective. a gastroenterologist specializing in motility and functional digestive diseases and member of the Chilean Society of Gastroenterology, who has been involved in the organization of World Digestive Health Day held in previous years in our country. Prior to the day of the celebration week, oral and written information was sent about the event. Outreach activities were conducted in an edu-cational marquee for that purpose at the entrance of the hospital grounds. Activities began at 08:30 and lasted until 16:00 and comprised of: 1. Educational lectures: two cycles of four educational lectures to the community (people attending the hospital and high school students in the district of Independence) were given. Interactive lectures, of 10 minutes each, included the following topics: “Heartburn and Gastroesophageal Reflux Generalities,” “Complications of Gastroesophageal Reflux,” “Reflux Treatment,” and “Heartburn in Children.” The talks were given by residents in gastroenterology at the Hospital of the University of Chile, supervised by Dr. Madrid. 2. A “HEALTH FOOD” tent activity run by nutritionists from our center, that gave concrete examples and educated the public about healthy eating and general measures aimed at preventing symptoms of reflux. An additional leaflet will be delivered to attend-ees with these recommendations. 3. A survey of reflux symptoms: surveys were sent to all those who attended the educational tent on heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux. These surveys consisted of evaluating the presence and severity of symptoms as well as use of drugs and comorbidities of respondents. This survey aimed to characterize this population subgroup. During this stage the participants could directly consult gastroenterologists to clarify their doubts on the issue and ask whether relevant studies are required for their symptoms if they exist. Overall, of the approximately 300 people who attended this event, 180 completed the health survey. Results of the data will be presented at the 2015 Chilean Congress of Gastroenterology. Dr. Edith Perez de Arce giving her lecture. The event was covered by print media (newspaper El Mercurio and Las Ultimas Noticias), radio (Radio Bio-Bio, Radio Universidad de Chile), and television. We believe that this global effort was successful, widespread and a real contributor to the health of Chilean people. Drs. Fernando Orellana, Marta Mac-Vicar, Ana Maria Madrid, Caroll Beltran, Edith Perez de Arce, Andrea Aranda, and Juan Carlos Orosco. Meson healthy meal with Miss Monica Lepe (nutritionist).
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