Heart Care Foundation of India Culminates 24 th Edition of Health Mela in Delhi

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SAURABH KUMAR TENNEWS DELHI

The Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) a leading non-profitable organisation culminated 24th MTNL Perfect Health Mela today on 8 october 2017 in New Delhi. The organisation is committed to make India healthier and disease free nation. The five-day event was organized jointly by the Health and Family Welfare Dept. NCT Delhi, MTNL, NDMC and other central and Delhi state government departments. The IMA was the knowledge partner for the event. The theme of programme was based on ‘Digital Health’, a concept which talks about how technology can help in preventive health and creating mass health awareness. Experts at the fair deliberated and debated on strategies for preventive health and health management.

The Health Mela is a confluence of tradition and modernity and has successfully been since the past two and a half decades been working towards creating mass awareness on all aspects of health; using a consumer-driven model as the medium. The event began with much fanfare and a grand inauguration by the Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal on the 4th October 2017.

Speaking at the valedictory, Padma Awardee Dr KK Aggarwal, President HCFI & National President IMA, said, “I am extremely happy at the successful conclusion of the event and the huge participation. It is time to focus on preventing lifestyle diseases by making certain changes to our diet and lifestyles. I also urge everyone to have a healthy Diwali and take necessary precautions to protect oneself and others from injury and harm. Avoid bursting crackers as they can contribute to increasing pollution levels in the city and thereby hamper health.”

The five-day event served as a podium for over 40 on-the-spot competitions in which over 8200 children from various schools and colleges took part with great enthusiasm. Among the competitions were Indian and western dance, fashion show, rock band, Mehendi art, collage making, painting, and slogan writing.There were also special performances by the Punjabi Academy, the Urdu Academy, and the National School of Drama, which added value to the event. The purpose behind these competitions and performances was to use infotainment as a way of imparting health education to the masses.

With lifestyle diseases on the rise, the Mela focused on various aspects of preventive health. The message conveyed was that a healthy diet, physical activity, and stress-free life can go a long way in preventing many lifestyle conditions. Experts also shortlisted some people with heart diseases for support and treatment under the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund.
Adding further, Dr R N Tandon, Honorary Secretary General IMA, said the commitment with which IMA had worked towards preventive health and creating awareness in past years and this year was no different .He said he feels happy to see the youth participate in large numbers and takeaway some valuable lessons from this Mela. A performance by the Rajasthan Academy added fun and fervor to the last day of the Mela.
Speaking at the valedictory, Dr P K Sharma, Medical Health Officer, NDMC and; the civic partner of the year’s Perfect Health Mela, said “We all thank everyone who came and attended the 24th Perfect Health Melaand made it such a success. We are happy to be supporting this event every year and will ensure to extend the same support in the years to come.”

Among other things, the Mela focused on generating oxygen through indoor plants, promoting fast food (easy to eat and quick items like fruits and vegetables) as opposed to traditional fried fast food items, learning to create noise and pollution free environments, importance of doctor-patient relationship, eliminating refined carbs, and misuse of antibiotics. The 24th edition of the Mela being held this year will be a precursor leading up to its silver jubilee celebrations starting the next year.

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