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Muslims encouraged to follow healthy lifestyle during Ramadan

PUBLISHED: 10:30 01 July 2014 | UPDATED: 12:13 01 July 2014

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman (centre) at the booklet's launch

Mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman (centre) at the booklet's launch

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A booklet offering advice on how to stay healthy during Ramadan is being distributed in Tower Hamlets.

It offers the borough’s Muslim population health advice, food suggestions and guidance for those with health conditions in English, Bengali and Somali.

Distributed by Faith in Health, a partnership of the East London Mosque Trust and Tower Hamlets Council, it aims to encourage those participating to lead a healthy lifestyle during the month-long fast and avoid too much sugary or fried food.

Director of public health at Tower Hamlets Council, Dr Somen Banerjee, said: “During Ramadan it is important to eat a balanced meal and get enough fluids between fasts.

“If you have a medical condition it is also important to speak to your GP before Ramadan to discuss how you take care of yourself whilst fasting.

“This is particularly important if you have diabetes or are on long term medications.”

The booklet will be distributed to venues including mosques, hospitals and community centres in a bid to reach more than 30,000 members of the Muslim community.

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