Holistic development through quality education, women empowerment, youth employment, preventive health care and community involvement
          Holistic development through quality education, women empowerment, youth employment, preventive health care and community involvement           

Combating NCDs

 

Global Pragathi (USA) is passionately committed to the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, high BP, cardiac disease, kidney disease, etc., associated with lifestyle risk factors.  An estimated $47 trillion is required globally to deal with NCDs by 2030 (UN, Sep 2011). About 70% of deaths and 75% of medical expenses in the United States result from lifestyle behaviors (New England Journal of Medicine, Sep 2012). Obesity is one of the major culprits in this alarming situation. Around 68% of adult Americans are obese. The adult obesity rates in the US have doubled, while childhood rates have tripled from 1980 to 2010. The only cost-effective and highly efficacious solution is increased activity in the form of exercise and a healthy diet. Since sedentary habits and unhealthy diets are well entrenched in the lifestyles of majority of Americans, it is hard to dislodge these behaviors. Hence, we have adopted a multi-pronged approach to tackle these twin scourges, such as:

  1. Promoting physical exercise:
  • Organizing of an annual Holi Colors 5 K Walk/Run in Dayton, Ohio
  • Monthly Health Strides Walk in Dayton, Ohio
  • VA walking programs
  • Supporting Girls on the Run of Dayton program, DWTC and Bicycles for All
  1. Raising awareness of healthy lifestyle:
  • Raising awareness on childhood obesity
  • Supporting Children’s Hospital Foundation to prevent childhood obesity
  • Supporting Miami Hospital Foundation to support healthy lifestyle
  • Supporting National Kidney Foundation programs to prevent kidney disease onset, progression etc,.
  • Educating medical students, fellow physicians and patients daily in prevention of chronic illnesses
  • Talks in the community
  • Publishing articles in newspapers and other media, including this website, which educate the general public and also physicians on the prevention aspects of NCDs
  • Several STOP NCDs initiatives
  • Volunteering in free clinics
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