Tricity to mark World Heart Day

As part of golden jubilee celebration and promoting healthy lifestyle in city, School of Public Health in collaboration with National Institute of Nursing Education is organising a walkathon on the occasion of World Heart Day tomorrow from PGI to Sukhna Lake.

The theme is 'One World, One Home, One Heart'. About 200 faculty members, residents' doctors, nurses and other staff will be participating in the walkathon.

The focus is to encourage healthy eating, physical activity and stop tobacco and alcohol use. Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), including heart disease and stroke, take lives prematurely. The cause specific mortality due to CVDs in Chandigarh has doubled with 18 per cent in 1983 to 35per cent in 2002 and is still rising.

Indian data suggest that Cardiovascular Diseases accounted to 2.25 million deaths in 2010 and projected to reach 2.94 deaths in 2015. In 2004 CVDs was the leading cause of death in India leading to 1.46 million deaths in fact causing 130.7 deaths per 100,000 population.

Also 15,588,000 disability adjusted life years lost. India had spent 8.7 billion dollars in 2005 because of CVDs, stroke, and diabetes. Physical inactivity was affirmed as a key risk factor in the prevention and control of NCDs, and a resolution was adopted in combating physical inactivity and associated risk factors by WHO.

It is estimated that 1.9 million deaths are attributable to low levels of physical activity and these are projected to increase as the wider changes continue unless action is taken to stop the decline and increase physical activity levels in the whole population.

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