Walking for a heartfelt cause

Oct 17, 2013, 00:31 IST | A Correspondent

MGM Hospital along with the citizens of Navi Mumbai celebrated World Heart Day with a walk-a-thon to raise awareness about heart diseases

A healthy heart is a happy heart. The alarming fact that heart diseases and strokes are top killers among Indians, officials of MGM Hospital, Vashi, along with citizens from Navi Mumbai, walked the streets to create awareness about cardiac vascular diseases. As the world celebrated World Heart Day on September 29, the walk-a-thon was organised on October 6.

World Heart Day
Cardio brigade: Over 3,000 participants walked a distance of 4 km vowing to maintain a healthy diet on the occasion of World Heart Day

The walk-a-thon was flagged by five women from the Satara district in Maharashtra. The women, mothers of girls aged between four and six, inaugurated the event by cutting a ribbon.

World Heart Day

The walk-a-thon was the hospital’s initiative to enlighten the community on heart diseases and to help in reducing the number of people falling prey to cardiac vascular diseases. More than 3,000 participants walked a distance of 4 km vowing to maintain a healthy diet for their families and themselves.

Apart from the walk-a-thon, the hospital in association with Inorbit Mall, Vashi, conducted a full-fledged two-day campaign to create awareness on the subject. Cardiologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, physiotherapists and dieticians shared their expertise at the event.

Cardiologist Dr S K Kalkekar, psychiatrist Dr Rakesh Ghildiyal, psychologist Dr Kamini Deshmukh, physiotherapist Dr Yojana Matkar, intensivist Dr Bharat Jagiasi and dietician Shafali Mehra and Krupali Shah gave an informative talk about controlling and preventing the high risk silent killer disease.

They emphasised on maintaining a healthy diet, regular exercise routines and stressing the need of healthy children and healthy adults, which would lead to healthy families and communities.

“More than 400 people registered for the two day programme. Over the years, our programmes are getting a better response and we are happy that we are able to reach out to many people for a good cause such as this one,” said PK Sashanker, the administrator of MGM Hospital.

3,000 Number of people who participated in the walk-a-thon

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