Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI)’s Annual Flagship Event – the 26th Perfect Health Mela Inaugurated by Leading Dignitaries

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  • The theme of the Mela this year is Fit Delhi, Fit India
  • Key highlights for the day include a Laughter Yoga Conclave by Laughter Yoga International apart from numerous competitions and cultural events for students
  • Over 300 people were tested for HbA1c, free of cost, in memory of Shri Arun Jaitley.

The Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), a leading national non-profit organization committed to making India a healthier and disease-free nation flagged off its annual flagship event – the 26th Perfect Health Mela (PHM) today. The theme of the Mela being held from 18th to 20th October 2019 from 8 am to 10 pm at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi is ‘Fit Delhi, Fit India’.

Inaugurating the event were Shri CK Khanna, Acting President BCCI, Ms. Meenakshi Datta Ghosh IAS, Co-Chair HCFI Round Table on Health & Wellness Building Consensus; Shri Satish Upadhyay Former Chairman Education SDMC; Shri Bejon Misra, International Consumer Policy expert; Dr. Girish Tyagi, President, Delhi Medical Association; Ms. Richa Bharti, Consultant Media & Communications, Ministry of Health, GOI; Prof. Dr. Monica Chaudhry, Director, School of Health Sciences, Ansal University and Dr. Nisha Mendiratta, Associate Head, Splice, Department of Science and Technology (DST), GOI.

In its 26th edition, the Mela is being organized by HCFI jointly with Dept. of Health Delhi Government, DST and other government departments. Supporting the event are leading brands including personal and fabric hygiene brand Fena, restaurant chain Imperfecto, educational institute Ansal University, personal hygiene brand Pee Safe, medical device company Agatsa, Coca Cola, LIC and other organizations.

Started in 1993, the Perfect Health Mela caters to people from all age groups and all walks of life. It showcases activities across categories such as health education seminars, check-ups, entertainment programmes, lifestyle exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and competitions. Over 200 organizations attend the event each year including state and central government entities, PSUs, and leading corporates.

Speaking at the inaugural, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President, HCFI & CMAAO said, “It is extremely heartening to flag off the 26th edition of the Perfect Health Mela. This year the Mela focuses on a highly relevant theme, that of a Fit India. It is important to understand that a person can be fit irrespective of whether they are healthy or have a disease. A fit body houses a fit mind and this way many health concerns can be prevented. The Mela theme is also commensurate with our Hon’ble Prime Minister’s vision for a fitter and cleaner India. This year, the Mela has several new features and promises to enthrall visitors with its mix of education and entertainment.

In his message Mr. Satyendra JainHealth Minister, Government of Delhi said that it is heartening and encouraging to see the work being done by HCFI towards preventive health education in the country in the form of an event like the Perfect Health Mela.

Congratulators messages were recieved from Shri Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi. In their message the leadership team of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said that the Fit India concept should be taken up by the public at large.

On the occassion Shri Satish Upadhyaya Former Chairman Education SDMC said, “Events like the Perfect Health Mela are the need of the hour in educating the masses on aspects of health. I wish HCFI the very best in all their endeavors.”

Dr. Girish Tyagi, President, Delhi Medical Association said, “From free check-ups to using entertainment as a medium to deliver messages on preventive health, the Mela is a confluence of many things.”

Shri CK Khanna, Acting President BCCI and said that the best part of this event is that it is open for all and caters to people of all age groups.

.A survey on Happiness Index is being conducted over the three days of the event in addition to the regular competitions  Anmol, Divya Jyoti, EcoFest, Heritage, and MedicoMasti. New attractions include a special show on the science behind miracles, Bollywood evening with Shibani Kashyap, Dandia show, and an open dance competition. A special Laughter Yoga Show is also being organized by the organization Laughter Yoga International.

A special campaign on the benefits of saline nasal drops during the Diwali season to combat ill effects of pollution was also launched in association with Nasivion S. Saline drops are a safe solution for dry and stuffy noses and can help improve nasal hygiene and are safe to be used in all age groups including kids.

Speaking on this, Mr. Arun Sethi – Delhi Laughter Club, Dr. Umesh Saghal – Gurgaon Laughter Club and Com. Ashok Sawhney – Jalvayu Laughter Club said “The age-old saying that laughter is the best medicine cannot be truer. Not only does laughing improve and increase blood circulation but also protects the heart in the process. We are happy to be a part of this Mela and organize a session on the importance of laughter yoga.

Mrs Indu Ahuja, Coordinator of the Laughter Yoga session said, “Laughter yoga helps burn calories and therefore keeps a person healthy and fit. Keep laughing for a healthy and long life.

Entry to the Mela is free for all.

Heart Care Foundation of India’s (HCFI) flagship event 26th Perfect Health Mela 2019 to focus on fitness, food, and hygiene

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The attractions at the event this year include a cyclothon for fitness, science and laughter shows, and a dandiya night

New Delhi, 15th October 2019: The 26th Perfect Health Mela 2019, a leading health and wellness fair organized by leading National NGO – Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) will be inaugurated on 18th October 2019. The event will run for 3 days until the 20th October 2019 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi. The event is co-organized in association with departments of Delhi and Central Government and the World Health Organization. The theme of the Mela this year is “Fit Delhi, Fit India.”

Honorable Chief Minister of Delhi, Shri Arvind Kejriwal and Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State – Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports have been invited to inaugurate the event. Other dignitaries who will be present include Mr Satyendra Jain, Health Minister, Government of NCT, Sh Radhey Shyam Julaniya Secretary Sports, GOI, and Mr Vijay Singh Dev, Chief Secretary, Delhi Government.

As a pre-run to the Perfect Health Mela, various health education activities will be held on the 16th and 17th October 2019 at the Government Girls Senior Secondary School, Ambedkar Nagar. These will focus on the importance of hand washing as well as various other hygienic practices that are important to ensure good health in teenagers.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr K K Aggarwal, President, HCFI and President, CMAAO, said, “The importance of handwashing cannot be underscored. It is one of the most effective ways to ward off diseases (both communicable and non-communicable) and prevent antibiotic resistance. The Perfect Health Mela will focus on these aspects this year and promises to be educative and entertaining at the same time.”

The Perfect Health Mela’s partners this year include restaurant chain Imperfecto, personal and fabric hygiene brand Fena and Ansals University (educational partner), LIC and Coke. New attractions this year include a cyclothon on the 19th October and a science and laughter show on the inaugural day. These will be organized in association with Creative Thinkers and Laughter Yoga International. A dance and cultural evening with renowned singer Shibani Kashyap will be followed by a Dandia night with Lok Utsav and a Dance Talent Hunt will also be organized.

Speaking on the occassion, Mr. Ashok Rana, DGHS, said, “Events like the Perfect Health Mela have an important role to play in educating the public on aspects of health, hygiene, and fitness. I congratulate the HCFI for organizing the event successfully year after year and making people aware of the importance of a healthy lifestyle in an engaging manner.”

Dr Ramesh Kumar, MOH NDMC, said, “We are happy to support the HCFI in such a large-scale infotainment-based health event. The Perfect Health Mela is a perfect example of combining education with awareness and events like these are definitely the need of the hour.”

In his message, Mr Sandeep Pradhan, DG Sports authority of India, said, “The Government of India launched the Fit India movement this year and thus, the theme of the Perfect Health Mela is very relevant. Not only is it important to be fit but also educate others on the need to ensure optimum fitness levels. This can go a long way in reducing the burden of diseases in the country.”

The Perfect Health Mela celebrated its Silver Jubilee last year and promises to be bigger and better this time. All visitors will be given deworming tablet and Vitamin D sachet and adolescent girls will be given a sanitary napkin. There will be a live demo of Mohalla clinic by the Government of Delhi. Effective ways to prevent pollution effects on the body including the use of nasal saline drops will be demonstrated.

Started in 1993, the Perfect Health Mela caters to people from all age groups and all walks of life. It showcases activities across categories such as health education seminars, check-ups, entertainment programmes, lifestyle exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and competitions. The Mela is attended by over 200 organizations each year including those from the state and central government, PSUs, and leading corporates.

Others present at the occasion included Shri Anil Ahuja, Shri Vivek Kumar and Shri Saurabh Aggarwal, Directors, Heart Care Foundation of India.

About Heart Care Foundation of India

Initiated in 1986, the Heart Care Foundation of India is a leading National NGO working in the field of creating mass health awareness among people from all walks of life and providing solutions for India’s everyday healthcare needs. The NGO uses consumer-based entertainment modules to impart health education and increase awareness amongst people. A leading example of this is the Perfect Health Mela; an annual event started in 1993 that showcases activities across categories such as health education seminars and check-ups, entertainment programs, lifestyle exhibitions, lectures, workshops, and competitions. In addition to this, the NGO conducts programs and camps to train people on the technique of hands only CPR through its CPR 10 mantra for revival after a sudden cardiac arrest. They currently hold three Limca book of world records for the maximum number of people trained in hands-only CPR in one go. Keeping article 21 of the Indian Constitution in mind, which guarantees a person Right to Life, Heart Care Foundation of India runs a project called the Sameer Malik Heart Care Foundation Fund to ensure that no one dies of a heart disease just because they cannot afford treatment.

Young Indians below the age of 40 are succumbing to heart diseases

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On World Heart Day, it is imperative to raise awareness on understanding the warning signs and adopting a better lifestyle

Delhi, September 28, 2019: Young Indians are increasingly falling prey to heart diseases and there are about two million cases of heart attacks in a year alone in the country. Estimates indicate that about 50% of heart attacks occur in men less than 50 years of age and another 25% in those who are below the age of 40. On World Heart Day, there is a need to raise awareness on the fact that one must not ignore the first onset of acidity after the age of 40 and any other symptoms.

Indigestion/acidity, persistent cough, shortness of breath, constipation, fever, headache, and tiredness all the time are some common symptoms which many people ignore as normal. However, these are signs that the body gives out indicating some underlying condition. The first onset of acidity after age 40 could indicate an impending heart attack.

Speaking about this, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI) & President CMAAO, said, “One should not ignore warning signals after the age of 40 as ‘time is life’ in medical science. The three cardinal warning signals are: anything which is unusual, anything which cannot be explained and any symptom appearing for the first time in life. Time is life is an old saying and in the event of a heart attack, time is muscle. In emergency medicine, the golden hour refers to the first hour following traumatic injury being sustained by a casualty, during which there is the highest likelihood that prompt medical treatment will prevent death. The platinum ten minutes refer to the first ten minutes after trauma and the importance of starting first aid within ten minutes to reduce the chances of death.”

Adding further, Dr Aggarwal, said, “The risk of heart attack can be reduced by controlling the risk factors; eating a heart healthy diet; smoking cessation; reduced consumption of alcohol, salt and sugar; controlling hypertension and adequate amounts of physical activity. These are within our control and must be followed from a young age. However, cardiac arrest stems from electrical issues in heart that are beyond our control but following a general heart healthy lifestyle is known to reduce future risk. As doctors, it falls upon us to educate our patients and make them aware of ways to live a healthy lifestyle.”

Rules for preventing heart attack related deaths

  • Rule of 30 seconds: Chest pain, burning, discomfort, heaviness in the center of the chest lasting for over 30 seconds and not localized to a point unless proved otherwise is a heat pain.
  • Rule of pinpointing finger: Any chest pain which can be pinpointed by a finger is not a heart pain.
  • Rule of 40: First-onset acidity or first-onset asthma after the age of 40, rule out heart attack or heart asthma first
  • Rule of 300: Chew a tablet of water-soluble 300 mg aspirin and take 300 mg clopidogrel tablet at the onset of cardiac chest pain. You will not die.
  • Rule of 10: Within 10 minutes of death for the next 10 minutes do effective chest compression with a speed of (10 x10) 100 per minute. Most people can be saved.
  • Rule of 180: Reach hospital within 180 minutes in heart attack to receive clot dissolving angioplasty or clot dissolving drugs.

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