Friday, November 13, 2009

Healthy heart week campaign culminates with walkathon

People walk for healthy heart on World Heart Day
Array of programmes mark healthy heart week

Chandigarh, October 4

In their bid to beat the heart disease and keep heart beating healthily, hundreds of people participated in a keenly participated walkathon held to mark the World Heart Day in city.

Dr H K Bali, the renowned cardiologist from Fortis Hospital, Mohali, organized and flagged off the rally, which is an annual affair in Chandigarh. Since last year walkathon has become a regular feature on World Heart Day, which is celebrated as a day to raise awareness and conscious levels of masses regarding various heart diseases and means and ways to prevent heart stroke and allied complications of heart.

The walkathon started from Sukhna Lake early in the morning. The walkers walked their way from Sukhna lake road to Bougainvillea garden in sector 3. Walkathon also witnessed free health check up, T-shirts, healthy food and lucky draws.

Dr Bali led the team of doctors from Fortis Hospital Mohali that conducted a medical check of walkathon participants at Bougainvillea garden. Dr H K Bali has been single handedly organizing their massive awareness campaign, which has now become a keenly awaited event.

Revealing the stats of coronary disease, Dr Bali said that as many as 17.2 millions of deaths are reported every year due to heart related ailments. “Eighty percent of such patients can be saved only if they abandon tobacco use, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity,” said Dr Balil. He advised physical work outs and regular morning walk routines to avoid heart failures and cardiac arrests which are on an increase due to reduced physical activity these days.

The week long awareness campaign witnessed an array of programmes including radio talk shows on My FM and painting competition of school students. Over 200 students drew on theme healthy heart healthy life.

A heart related quiz at the DLF city centre mall Chandigarh too contributed towards awareness programme, besides Dr Bali himself offering free consultation at Fortis Hospital.

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