WORLD HEALTH DAY 'Sedentary lifestyle dangerous' Tribune News Service The Tribune Monday, April 8, 2002 Chandigarh, April 7 - Obesity among north Indians due to dietary habits and sedentary lifestyle is the major cause of rise in cases of diabetes, hypertension and heart diseases. This was stated by Dr Rajesh Kumar of the Department of Community Medicine, PGI, here today while talking to TNS on the occasion of World Health Day. A special function to mark the day was organised by the PGI, where the warning issued by the WHO that physical inactivity is one of the leading causes of diseases and disability was reiterated by Dr S.K. Sharma, Director, PGI. ''If people continue regular physical activity they can prevent many diseases. Physical activity could be enjoyable and fun,'' he said. Dr Rajesh Kumar also warned that north Indians, in general, have to change their lifestyles from sedentary nature to a more physical one and take the WHO action plan for 2002 seriously. Quoting the WHO World Health Day report, Deputy Commissioner M. Ramsekhar who was the chief guest at the function, stated that approximately 2 million deaths per year are attributed to physical inactivity. The WHO, through a worldwide press release, had issued a warning that sedentary lifestyle could very well be among the 10 leading causes of death and disability in the world. ''The habit of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise and a nutritious diet ideally begins in childhood and we hope that parents and schools everywhere will use this day to spread this message,'' said Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, WHO's Director-General. ''We should all be ready to move for health and to adopt healthy and active lifestyles. World Health Day 2002 is a call to action to individuals, families, communities governments and policy-makers to move for health.'' Sedentary lifestyles increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, and increase the risks of colon cancer, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, lipid disorders, depression and anxiety. According to the WHO, 60 to 85 per cent of the people in the world -- from both developed and developing countries -- lead sedentary lifestyles, making it one of the more serious yet insufficiently addressed public health problems of our time. It is estimated that nearly two-thirds of children are also insufficiently active, with serious implications for their future health. Among the preventive measures recommended by the WHO are moderate physical activity for up to 30 minutes every day, tobacco cessation, and healthy nutrition. In addition to individual lifestyle changes, governments and policy-makers are also recommended to ''move for health'' by creating a supportive environment for people. Meanwhile, students of the Sector 38 Guru Harkrishan Model School performed yoga and demonstrated various ''asanas'' on the occasion. A cycle rally was flagged off by the DC from PGI to Sukhna lake who also rode with the 250 schoolchildren. Prizes were also awarded to some of the cyclists by the Chandigarh Amateur Cycling Association. Dr Inderjit Walia, Principal, College of Nursing and president, IPHA, had earlier welcomed the guests and Dr Rajesh Kumar thanked them. More at: http://www.tribuneindia.com Jai Maharaj http://www.mantra.com/jai Om Shanti Hindu Holocaust Museum http://www.mantra.com/holocaust Hindu life, principles, spirituality and philosophy http://www.hindu.org http://www.hindunet.org The truth about Islam and Muslims http://www.flex.com/~jai/satyamevajayate o Not for commercial use. Solely to be fairly used for the educational purposes of research and open discussion. The contents of this post may not have been authored by, and do not necessarily represent the opinion of the poster. The contents are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works. o If you send private e-mail to me, it will likely not be read, considered or answered if it does not contain your full legal name, current e-mail and postal addresses, and live-voice telephone number. o Posted for information and discussion. Views expressed by others are not necessarily those of the poster.