HCFI’s Perfect Health Parade flagged off on World Health Day 2018

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  • The parade saw participation from over 1000 students from Delhi schools
  • Health tableaus and other interesting activities form the highlight of the event

New Delhi, 07th April 2018: The Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) in association with S D Public School, Pitampura organized the Perfect Health Parade on 7 April 2018 on the occasion of the World Health Day 2018. About 1000 students from 10 schools of Delhi participated in the parade, which was flagged off from SD Public School.

Started in the year 2000, the Perfect Health Parade is a flagship initiative of HCFI and is based on the concept of low-cost infotainment. Prior to the start of the parade, there was a performance by a Nukkad Natak team arranged by the Department of Women and Child Development at the school. Following this, the Health Mashaal was lit indicating commencement of the parade.

In his address, Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, President HCFI, and Immediate Past President Indian Medical Association, said, “The Perfect Health Parade is aimed towards giving people a new mantra for perfect health and imparting knowledge about the importance of exercise and healthy living. This year is special as these events will culminate into the Silver Jubilee of the Perfect Health Mela in October. Apart from this, the health sutras on display are sure to not just create awareness but also coax people into thinking how they can change their lifestyle patterns for the better. We are overwhelmed with the participation and the display this year.”

The event this year saw tableaus with banners depicting all aspects of affordable healthcare. Each tableau in the parade was an independent module of health education and covered a distance of about1 km from the school. The tableaus on drug and alcohol deaddiction presented by the Department of Prohibition, Women & Child Development, Govt. of NCT Delhi were informative and enlightening.

Speaking about the event, Mr H C Vats, Joint Director, Department of Prohibition, Women & Child Dev. Govt. of NCT Delhi, said, “This is a one-of-its-kind event combining knowledge and entertainment. Such initiatives are extremely important particularly because they involve school children, who are the right candidates for education on health. I feel extremely happy to be a part of such an event and hope that the tableaus brought out by our ministry will help in furthering the agenda of health education taken up by HCFI.”

Ms Anita Sharma, Principal, SD Public School, said, “As with every year, we are happy to be associated with HCFI again for this event. Our school has always accorded priority to health education and creating awareness on lifestyle disorders. This is a step ahead in taking this agenda further.”

Apart from the tableaus, HCFI ambulances with banners carrying one-line health messages also travelled through various routes in Delhi all day, accompanied by two department tableaus. Volunteers accompanying each tableau distributed relevant health education literature in the form of pamphlets etc. to the public at various locations/schools in the route. The parade culminated with a prize distribution ceremony for the best tableau and best placard. The winners walked away with attractive prizes.

HCFI health sutras

  • High blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol can remain silent for up to a decade.
  • A pulse rate of less than 60 or more than 100 is abnormal.
  • Weight loss of 10 kg can reduce upper blood pressure by 5-20 mmHg.
  • Restricting salt intake to less than 6gm per day can reduce upper blood pressure by 2-8 mmHg.
  • A 1% increase in cholesterol increases chances of heart attack by 2%.
  • A 1% increase in good HDL cholesterol decreases chances of heart attack by 3%.
  • Any chest pain, which lasts for less than 30 minutes duration is not a heart pain.
  • Keep air pollution (particulate matter PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels) below 80 µg per cubic meter
  • To revive a cardiac arrest victim, compress the center of the chest of the victim within 10 minutes of death (earlier the better) at least for the next 10 minutes (longer the better), with a speed of at least 10×10=100 per minute.