Delhizens pledge to walk, adopt healthy lifestyle

Delhizens pledge to walk, adopt healthy lifestyle

With an aim to educate masses about the health benefits of walking, Max Bupa Health Insurance hosted the third edition of its flagship event, Max Bupa Walk for Health in the City on Sunday.

Former Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan flagged off the five- kilometre walk from Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium.

The event witnessed an overwhelming participation of more than 15,000 families in Delhi who pledged to incorporate more walking into their daily routine. It also saw participation of about 5,000 school children, large walking communities, colleges and corporate people.

A one-of- its kind initiatives, the event was aimed at educating families about the benefits of walking and to bring about a positive and long term sustainable behavioural change in their health and overall wellbeing.

While flagging off the walk Dr Vardhan said, “I am pleased to be present here today as I believe people should make health a social movement. In recent years, the reports released by WHO say that almost 40 - 45 per cent of the disease burden of the whole world is only because of physical inactivity. I will be very happy if I can make 122 crore Indians walk for least half an hour every day.”

Famous toon characters Chhota Bheem and Ben10 flagged off the two-kilometre walk for children and senior citizens. Bollywood actor Kriti Sanon of Heropanti fame, who was also present at the event said, “Health should be a priority for everyone, from young to the old. Walking, if done regularly and correctly, is a sure shot way to achieve your dream fitness levels. I walk regularly and recommend it to everyone. I am glad to be associated with a noble initiative that combines walking, good health and family bonding.”

According to a study by Max, over 90 per cent of doctors recommend walking. Unfortunately, more than 75 per cent patients with chronic ailments are not walking enough, the study says.

Manasije Mishra, CEO, Max Bupa said, “As a committed health partner it is our endeavour to help our customers and the public at large live healthier and more successful lives. We are delighted with the unprecedented response and support that our event has received from families in Delhi. Our aim is to remind individuals and families about the multiple health benefits of walking and encourage them to take out time to walk regularly with their loved ones.”

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