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Phnom Penh gym offers its members ‘pro-heart’ services


The Place gymnasium is at #11 Street 51. Membership inquiries can be made by calling 023-999-799 or by visiting

The Place gymnasium on Pasteur Street is gearing up for its second major health and fitness event for the year.


With the help of the local arm of Swiss healthcare and technology giant DKSH, The Place is taking the long view of its members’ health, hoping to promote a positive lifestyle to complement the exercise equipment at their disposal.  

On Tuesday, April 3, The Place will be launching “Pro-Heart”, an event designed to raise awareness of cholesterol levels and their impact on cardiac health.

Members of the gym will be given a free cholesterol check, the results of which will be interpreted by a team of medical practitioners provided by DKSH.

Arlene Bueno, marketing manager of The Place, says that the Pro-Heart campaign is only one of many health and fitness events the gymnasium has planned for the future, and welcomed the opportunity to educate members on the importance of cardiac health.

“Heart health and cholesterol are fundamental if anyone wants to live a healthy and fit life,” says Bueno. “Raising awareness of one’s level of cholesterol in the body is paramount to promoting healthy and positive lifestyle.”

Heart disease is a leading cause of death in Cambodia.

According to the World Health Organisation, cardiovascular diseases accounted for more than 20 per cent of all deaths in the Kingdom in 2008, with more than a quarter of the country’s population at risk of serious complications because of raised blood pressure.

This is the gymnasium’s second heart-related fitness event of the year.

In February, members were provided with a free bone density scan and ECG test as well as individual consultations with Alfred Cheng, a senior cardiologist from Singapore’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital who travelled to Phnom Penh especially for the event.

To contact the reporter on this story: Sean Gleeson at



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