Initiative to create awareness on the importance of exercise for a healthy heart
Mr. Robin Uthappa & Reeth Abhram flagged off the Walkathon organised by Vikram Hospital,Bengaluru
Bengaluru, September 27, 2015: Hundreds of healthcare professionals participated in a walkathon organized by Vikram Hospital Bengaluru to commemorate ‘World Heart Day’ today with an objective to spread awareness and sensitise people on the importance of exercise for a healthy heart. The Walkathon was flagged off by chief guests – Mr.Robin Uttappa, Indian Cricketer and Ms. Reeth Abhram, Indian athlete and former South Asian Games champion who walked for the cause with 400 other odd participants.
The Walk started at 6:30am from Vikram Hospital, via Rajbhavan Road, High Court, Cubbon Park entrance and ended at Press Club.
Speaking at the occasion, Mr. Robin Uttappa, Indian Cricketer said “I am glad to be a part of this initiative which gives me an opportunity to interact and share my experience on fitness with everyone. Only a theoretical knowledge about heart health is not sufficient; we must start incorporating these small healthy changes in our day to day activities, to actually see results.”
Heart related diseases are the world’s largest killers, claiming 17.3 million lives every year. This year, the theme for World Heart Day is- Creating Heart-Healthy environments. Dr. Ranganath Nayak, Chief Cardiologist at Vikram Hospital, Bengaluru “At least 80% of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) could be avoided if four main risk factors – tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and overuse of alcohol – are controlled.
Further he added that “Exercise plays a major role in preventing and modifying risk factors for heart disease. It reduces the risk of developing diabetes and high blood pressure. If one is already a diabetic, it helps in improving blood sugar control.” In addition to benefitting various organ systems, exercise also helps to reduce stress, tension, depression, anxiety, and promote overall health and wellbeing”.
While Ms. Reeth Abhram, Indian athlete and former South Asian Games champion said that “ At least 30 minutes of moderate – intensity aerobic activity at least 5 days a week (or at least 25 minutes of vigorous activity at least 3 days a week) PLUS moderate – to – high – intensity muscle strengthening activity at least 2 days per week is ideal for a healthy living. Walking happens to be one of the best forms of exercise to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Mr Sudhir Pai, Executive Director and CEO, Vikram Hospital said that “We at Vikram Hospital believe that such initiatives will help in sensitising people about the role of walking in preventing heart disease. Due to an unhealthy lifestyle, stress and lack of exercise, we see a lot of youngsters succumbing to heart related ailments. This walkathon is an initiative by our cardiology department to reiterate the benefits of walking & exercise .