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Over 5,000 enthusiasts take part in World Heart Day Walkathon
Narayana Superspeciality Hospital Guwahati, organized a ‘Walkathon’ themed ‘Power Your Life’ on the occasion of World Heart Day on September 29 starting from Judges Field, Guwahati. Over 5,000 fitness enthusiasts, artists, entrepreneurs, budding athletes, students, police personnel and health professionals from across the city came together to campaign for one cause – to power your life and care for your heart.
More than 5,000 people walked across the Dighalipukhuri lake after assembling at the Judges Field. Walkathon saw group participants from National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF), Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Employee State Insurance Corporation (ESIC), SSB (Sashsastra Seema Bal), NF Railways, National Cadet Corp. (1st Assam BN NCC, 60 Assam BN NCC), Indian Red Cross Society, and various institutes such as Modern English High School, Faculty High School, Gauhati Commerce College, amongst others.
The participants also carried banners and placards displaying messages to create awareness about healthy heart and healthy life.
The walk was followed by felicitation of all representatives from different participant groups. Actors from Assamese film industry Nipon Goswami, Jayanta Bhagawati, Poornima Saikia, Meghranjani, Utpal Das and singer Tarali Sharma and Bhrigu Kashyap also graced the occasion and flagged off the walk. Bunches of heart-shaped balloons were also released in the air on this occasion.
“We are glad to be taking this initiative. The event is aimed at creating a heart-healthy environment at the place where we live, work and play. The number of participants turned out shows the enthusiasm amongst the citizens for living a healthy life”, said Abid Tauqeer, facility director at Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, Guwahati.
Commenting on the initiative; Bishnu Kumar Deka, cardiologist at Narayana Superspeciality Hospital, said, “Rapid changes in lifestyle, work-life stress and unhealthy dietary habits have contributed more to heart diseases among the elderly. The scenario is entirely different in India with almost 25% of the victims of cardiac arrests falling under the age of 40.”
Deka stressed on the importance of preventive health check-up and advised youngsters to periodically go for health check-ups in order to know their risk factors and take suitable measures.