New Delhi: HCFI, a leading national non-profit organization committed to making India a healthier and disease-free nation, today trained over 200 students of the Saulabh Public Health School, Mahavir Nagar on the importance of healthy eating, hygiene and sanitation.
This project has been initiated by HCFI in association with NCSTC, DST & Govt. of India and Indian Medical Association on the basic premise that it is easier to inculcate good habits at a young age. “If school-children are taught the basics of what hygienic living is and what is the kind of food which leads to lifestyle diseases in the future, a majority of India’s growing health problems can be solved”, said Padma Shri Awardee, President of HCFI & Hony. Sec General IMA, Dr KK Aggarwal.
He added, “HCFI has been working towards reducing the incidence of lifestyle diseases in our country through mass consumer awareness models since 1986. We believe that prevention is better than cure and this is the message we are taking to each of the 200 schools, which we are going to on a weekly basis as a party of this project. We believe that awareness when raised through the medium of creative arts has a longer lasting impact and this is why we are using tools such as a film on obesity and a puppet show on hygiene to educate children. We thank our partners for helping us make this project a reality.”
All school children are being educated on what food items can lead to childhood obseity, the difference between natural (banana, milk) and un-natural food (food containing high levels of carbohydrates, trans fats, sugar and salt). The children were also trained in the life-saving technique of hands only CPR 10 for revival after sudden cardiac arrest.
In his message to the children, Padma Shri Awardee and renowned wrestler Mr. Sushil Kumar said, “I am strong because I maintained a healthy diet and have lived a hygienic life throughout”
The 200 school camps will be completed in a span of 1 year and aim at educating a total of over 40,000 students.
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