ENARADA, Mysuru, September 13, 2015
The medicos studying in Mysuru Medical College and Research Institute (MMCRI) took cycles to pedal across Mysuru city to spread a message on how to maintain a ‘good’ heart.
The cycle jatha was organised on Sunday to create awareness on the World Heart day.
The cyclists said the message was simple and clear that cycling was good for heart as rapid motorisation has resulted in people getting used to unhealthy lifestyle which was one of the major contributor to heart diseases.
According to World Health Organisation, around 1.7 million heart attacks are reported annually in India.
In 2000, one out of every five deaths in India was due to heart related problems while now one in four deaths are related to heart attacks.
Shockingly, around 12 per cent of heart attacks are experienced by those below 40 years of age, while there has been a drastic increase in youths (25-40) dying of cardiac strokes.
The MMCRI students said that cycling was not just a good cardio exercise but also reduced pollution which in turn was good for a healthy life.
MMCRI dean and director Dr B Krishna Murthy and journalist Rajashekar Koti (Not in Picture) flagged off the cycle rally that passed via Irwin Road, Ashoka Road, Clock Tower, Devaraj Urs Road, Railway Station Circle and ended at Mysuru Medical College. Photo: www.enarada.com
World Heart Day was founded in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the world’s leading causes of death, claiming 17.3 million lives each year.
World Heart Day is an annual event which takes place on 29th September every year. Each year’s celebrations have a different theme, reflecting key issues and topics relating to heart health.
This year our theme is creating heart-healthy environments. Together with World Heart Federation members, World Heart Day spreads the news that at least 80 per cent of premature deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) could be avoided if four main risk factors – tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol – are controlled.
This year, World Heart Day’s theme is creating heart-healthy environments. The places in which we live, work and play should not increase our risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). But individuals frequently cannot make heart-healthy choices due to environmental factors, such as the availability of healthy food or smoke-free zones.