18th MTNL Perfect Health Mela being held from October 14 to 23, 2011 for the first time will be held at multiple locations. The main Mela with competitions, checkups and exhibitions will be held from 19th to 23rd October, 2011 at NDMC Grounds, Laxmibai Nagar, New Delhi. Other events will be held at Delhi Haat, Siri Fort Auditorium, Ansal Plaza, India International Centre and Acharya Sushil Muni Ashram.
Addressing a press conference, Padmashri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India and Perfect Health Mela said that one day of the Mela will be dedicated to breast cancer awareness. A live drum jam show will be held on Monday, 17th October, 2011 at Ansal Plaza, Amphi Theatre by International Oncology Group. Lively cultural function including a Kavi Sammellan by Ashok Chakradhar will be held at Siri Fort Auditorium on Tuesday 18th October and will be dedicated to the subject “Science behind Rituals.
Chief Guest for the Press Conference Ms. Rajni Abbi, Mayor of Delhi, released health message: “Women are not immune from heart disease”
Along with her Producer/Director Mr Deepak Tanwar, was the special guest, who is producing Dharna Unlimited based on Dharna. The Co-star of the Debut Film Mr Saurabh Malik, Luv Aajkal and Lucky Oye Lucky Fame Mr Sachin and Ms Krishana Singh (casting as Police Officer in Dharna Unlimited) were also present in the occasion and also released a health message “Longer the Waistline shorter the Lifeline”.
Co-addressing the conference Sh. Deepak Chanduka, GM Marketing MTNL, Sh. B.K. Badola, GM (OP & Marketing), Dr. N.K. Yadav, MHO, MCD, Dr. P.K. Sharma, MOH, NDMC, Dr. K.S. Baghotia, CMO, DHS, Sr, representatives from LIC and Coca Cola India Ltd. in a joint statement said that Mela will be a perfect picnic spot for the family and will provide opportunities to people from all walks of life, from all sections of the society to know about preventions and how to live young in old age.
The entry to the Mela will be free.
Ms. Abbi also released health messages for the forthcoming World Heart Day falling on 29th September 2011.
1. The Theme of World Heart Day this year One World, One Home, One Heart.
2. Healthy eating is to eat five portions of fruit and vegetables and avoid saturated fats and processed foods.
3. Other steps one should take include being sensible about alcohol intake, avoiding tobacco, exercising every day and avoiding stressful situations as much as possible.
4. Heart attacks and strokes are major–but preventable–killers worldwide.
5. High blood pressure has no symptoms, but can cause a sudden stroke or heart attack. Have your blood pressure checked regularly.
6. Diabetes increases the risk of heart attacks and stroke. If you have diabetes control your blood pressure and blood sugar to minimize your risk.
7. Being overweight increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes. To maintain an ideal body weight, take regular physical activity and eat a healthy diet.
8. Heart attacks and strokes can strike suddenly and can be fatal if assistance is not sought immediately.
9. Heart disease is preventable and the easiest way to learn it is to remember A to G of Cardiovascular prevention. Here ABC represents safe parameters and DEFG represent what to do to achieve these parameters.
A stands for abdominal girth which should be kept lower than 80 cm
B stands for Lower Blood Pressure which should be kept lower than 80 mm Hg
C stands for bad LDL cholesterol which should be kept less than 80 mg%. C also stands for not indulging in cigarettes.
The prevention strategies include:
D stands for diet which should be in moderation and variety, eating less than 80 gm or ml of caloric food at one time. The fodd should be high fiber, low animal fat, zero transfats nd low in refined carbohydrates.
E stands for exercise which should be walking 80 minutes a day and out of which 80 minutes a week should be with a speed of 80 steps per minute.
F stands for fun and spending 80 minutes a day thinking and doing differently
G stands for God which is a parasympathetic state of mind achieved by Pranayama, Yoga and Relaxation techniques. This is done by doing 80 cycles of pranayama a day.
About the author: Dr K K Aggarwal is Padmashri and Dr B C Roy National Awardee, President Heart Care Foundation of India, Dean Board of Medical Education Moolchand Medcity, Sr. Physician & Cardiologist, Chairman Ethics Committee Delhi Medical Council, Visiting professor Clinical Research DIPSAR, Past President Delhi Medical Association and Past Academic and Research Wing Heads IMA.