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Diabetes education project launched

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Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, launching diabetes education in schools on Thursday. With her is Delhi Education Minister, Arvinder Singh Lovely.

NEW DELHI, AUG. 6. The Delhi Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, has launched a project for diabetes education among school children in the Capital. The project, developed by the voluntary organisation Delhi Diabetes Research Centre (DDRC), was started from the Guru Nanak Public School and Government Senior Secondary School at Punjabi Bagh in West Delhi on Thursday and will be taken to schools across the Capital.

Expressing concern over the rising incidence of diabetes among school children and adolescents, Ms. Dikshit stressed on the need to sensitise children, parents and teachers about the growing menace of diabetes in all age groups, particularly children. Lauding the efforts of DDRC, the Chief Minister announced that similar programmes would be held on a regular basis in all schools of Delhi and assured that her government would provide assistance to all organisations, institutions and social groups ready to work for this cause.

Speaking on the occasion, the Delhi Education Minister, Arvinder Singh Lovely, said making children aware about diabetes at school-level would not only help them in fighting the disease and keep a check on it but would also enable them create awareness in society. He asked teachers to play an active role by making both children and parents aware about various diseases that were becoming more common among kids. Creating awareness was the best and effective way to fight any disease, he added.

Giving information about the project, the DDRC chairman, A.K. Jhingan, said it emphasised the need for prevention of obesity that leads to diabetes in children and high blood pressure that makes an adult diabetic. "The project will emphasise on the role of teachers and school authorities for discouraging consumption of fast food in schools. We will also ask children to exercise regularly and play games. An active life is a must for today's children who are becoming couch potatoes," he added.

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