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A simple walk a day is enough to keep heart troubles at bay

Madhur Tankha

‘Simplicity Walk’ to be organised this Sunday, the World Heart Day

Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Cheering people up: Actors Shilpa Shukla, Chitrashi Rawat and Vidya Malvade who acted in the film ‘Chak De India’ in New Delhi on Wednesday.

NEW DELHI: Coinciding with the World Heart Day, a ‘Simplicity Walk’ is being organised in the Capital this Sunday by Philips Electronics (India) in association with the Heart Care Foundation of India.

Announcing this at a press conference here on Wednesday, Dr. K. K. Aggarwal of the Heart Care Federation said the objective behind the walk in Delhi was to create general awareness about heart diseases and how people can keep it at bay.

“In India 40 lakh people die every year due to heart attack. And 25 lakh die before they reach the hospital. However, heart disease is totally preventable.

“As walking is a natural bypass, everybody needs to walk 10,000 steps a day. In the beginning, you can walk 2,000 steps. Either you take a routine walk for one hour or do brisk walking for half an hour.”Expressing concern over the alarming increase in heart disease among people in the country, noted cardiologist Naresh Trehan said: “In future more Indians will get heart disease than anywhere else in the world. Children in schools and college burn more calories but when they enter the third decade of their lives they start consuming things that are not healthy.

Stress also plays a major role in worsening things. So Sunday walkathon is necessary and such initiatives will make life much easier.”

Dr. Trehan’s mantra to remain fit is “eat intelligently, do cardio to de-stress and control your blood sugar levels”. “These days we are hearing quite a few incidents of road rage where people are fighting one another over the stupidest of things.

“So we must incorporate the mantra of remaining fit in our daily lives. We all have the temptation of becoming a couch potato.”

The highlight of the conference was the presence of three actors from the Bollywood hit ‘Chak De India’ – Vidya Malvade (Vidya Sharma); Chitrashi Rawat (Komal Chautala) and Shilpa Shukla (Bindiya Naik) – , who all underlined the need to participate in the walk.

To reiterate the benefits of walking and encourage Delhiites to lead a healthy life, the ‘Simplicity Walk’ will see participation of sports personalities like former Indian cricketer Chetan Sharma, former hockey team captain Zafar Iqbal and former cricketer Surinder Khanna.

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