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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 149-150

Can health conferences contribute in promotion of physical activity and yoga?: An experience from world noncommunicable diseases congress


1 Department of Community Medicine, School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh Adminstration, UT, India
2 Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA), Chandigarh Adminstration, UT, India
3 Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga, New Delhi, India
4 Government College of Yoga Education and Health, Chandigarh Adminstration, UT, India
5 Department of Ayush, Chandigarh Adminstration, UT, India
6 Department of Endocrinology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

Date of Web Publication22-Feb-2018

Correspondence Address:
Ujjawal Sharma
School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jncd.jncd_47_17

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Sharma U, Garg A, Kaur P, Basavaraddi IV, Singh M, Kapila R, Bhadada S, Thakur J S. Can health conferences contribute in promotion of physical activity and yoga?: An experience from world noncommunicable diseases congress. Int J Non-Commun Dis 2017;2:149-50

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Sharma U, Garg A, Kaur P, Basavaraddi IV, Singh M, Kapila R, Bhadada S, Thakur J S. Can health conferences contribute in promotion of physical activity and yoga?: An experience from world noncommunicable diseases congress. Int J Non-Commun Dis [serial online] 2017 [cited 2019 Sep 21];2:149-50. Available from: http://www.ijncd.org/text.asp?2017/2/4/149/225979




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There are increasing evidences showing an inclined burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCD) around the globe. Major types of NCD are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, and chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease), and diabetes are the major killers worldwide. Unhealthy diet and physical inactivity are the main risk factors for NCDs.

Thousands of conferences are being held around the world in a year in the area of health science and provide opportunity for providing physical activity. However, majority of the conferences actually does not promote physical activity during the conference. Breaking this tradition, various physical activity sessions with walkathon on 1st day, marathon on 2nd day, and yoga on 3rd day along with a full day workshop on Role of AYUSH and Yoga in NCD was organized during the First World NCD Congress 2017 held in Chandigarh, India. This paper provides the experience of integrating physical activity with a congress.

In the workshop focusing on the Role of AYUSH and Yoga in NCD on November 3, 2017, Minister of State, Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik had graced the occasion showing the importance and support of yoga practices at government level. There were 100 participants. Various experts from all parts of the country participated and shared their experiences and knowledge to the participants about how the yoga especially various asanas could help a person to prevent various NCDs. The major part of these scientific sessions was a practical demonstration of all these asanas by the experts that gave benefit to the participants.

Along with this scientific session, various outdoor physical activity sessions such as walkathon, marathon, and Yoga were also being organized in the early morning of different days of world NCD congress 2017.

On the opening day of World NCD Congress 2017, November 4, 2017, walkathon had been organized; in that around 500 people from all walks of life participated. Many renowned dignitaries and faculties such as Hon'ble Minister of Health of Maldives, chairman organizing committee, World NCD Congress, chairman scientific committee, World NCD Congress, and participants of conference along with the general public of tricity had participated in the walkathon. Hon'ble Minister of Health of Maldives, Mr. Hussain Rasheed had flagged off the walk. Thus, it was spreading the message of importance of physical activity among the scientific community and common people.

The 2nd day of World NCD Congress, November 5, 2017, started with a marathon run of 5 km with 500 participants including conference delegates and residents of tricity. The run was flagged off by Dr. Thaksaphon Thamarangsi, Director, NonCommunicable Diseases and Environmental Health, South East Asia Regional Office, World Health Organization, in the presence of the Hon'ble Minister of Health of Maldives, Mr. Hussain Rasheed, Dr JS Thakur, and Dr. Sanjay Bhadada. The theme of physical activity was “Every move is a good move.”

On the third and final day of congress, a yoga session was organized with a theme “A step towards healthy lifestyle” with support of Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (MDNIY), New Delhi, Government College of Yoga Education and Health, Chandigarh, CRIKC, and Chandigarh Administration. A gathering of around 2000 yoga enthusiast delegates and residents from all over tricity were participated. In 1 h of the yoga session, various yoga exercises and asanas were performed according to the common yoga protocol, and the participants were motivated to adopt the physical activities and yoga practices in their daily routine. The health benefits were also shared.

Nevertheless, these physical activity events were limited to 3 days only but it was a unique addition to the portfolio of scientific conferences and was successful in creating awareness among the public and spreading an important message that to lead a healthy life and prevention of NCD, one must have a discipline in eating nutritious-balanced diet and at least 1 h of physical activity in a day.

Thus, it is recommended that physical activity sessions' promotion should be a part of scientific conferences to spread the message of importance of physical activities and healthy diet which can contribute in prevention and controlling of NCDs among scientific community and general public.

Resource persons/ facilitators

Dr. Ishwar V. Basavaraddi, Director MDNIY, New Delhi and Dr. Mahender Singh, Principal, Government College of Yoga Education and Health and Joint Director Sports, UT, Chandigarh, Dr. Rajiv Kapila, Department of AYUSH, Chandigarh, Prof, JS Thakur, Organizing Chairman, Word NCD Congress, Prof. Sanjay Bhadada, Department of Endocrinology, PGIMER, and Mr. Amitoj, Master Fitness Trainer, CLTA, Chandigarh facilitate the program.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.






 

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