Udupi, Dec 11: The Women Empowerment Cell of Shri Madhwa Vadiraja Institute of Technology and Management organised a talk on 'Shaping Tomorrow’s Engineers for a Healthy Lifestyle' by Dr Shruthi Ballal, Diabetologist & Family Physician, Big Medical Centre, Udupi, on December 9 at 10 AM in seminar hall Admin Block.
Dr Shruthi Ballal started her session by showing the different types of games the children were playing in the olden days which have become extinct now. She said that such kind of games increases the physical activity of the students. "The children used to be very active, happy and healthy. In the recent days the children are playing only in the mobile phone sitting in one place because of which the physical activity of the children has reduced which has led to the increased diabetes and cardiac arrest in the lesser age group," she said.
She said that along with having goal of becoming engineer, getting good job, higher studies, family, own house, vehicle having good health should be first goal of each and every individual.
She said that addiction, unhealthy packed food usage, improper sleep pattern, not keeping body hydrated eating processed food and depression are the reasons for the deteriorating the health of a individual. Dr Shruthi also said that in the recent days the patients visiting the doctors are of lesser age group. People are becoming vulnerable due to improper lifestyle. She created awareness among the students by some of the case studies that why healthy lifestyle is important.
Dr Shruthi Ballal gave enough information about healthy lifestyle. She said that eating regional, local food will keeps body and mind healthy. "The way how our grandparents were eating if we follow the same pattern then we have to reduce the unhealthy habits to a larger extent." she added. She highlighted the importance of physical activity for an individual and played a video of simple exercises which can be followed by the people of all the age groups.
Later she showed the food items which can be eaten on a regular basis to keep healthy and also said that the same diet can be followed by the people having diabetes as well as blood pressure. She said that each and every individual should have a routine of blood and urine check-up once in a year.
The session was very much interactive and the students asked many questions to the doctor and clarified their doubts about the health. Arathi of final year Computer Science and Engineering compered the program. More than 200 students and also faculty and staff of SMVITM were present in the program. Dr Thirumaleshwara Bhat, principal, appreciated the program conducted for the benefit of the students.