Awareness prog. on prevention of lifestyle diseases

Port Blair
5 Nov 2017

A Health Awareness programme was organised in the premises of Community Hall, Ograbraj to impart knowledge on lifestyle diseases and ways to prevent  them. Mr H Manoj, DGM, NABARD presided over the function as chief guest and Mr Mohd Safiq, Pradhan GPMK and Mr B Nagesh Ram, Sr. Scientist, CIARI were the guests of honour. Dr. P K Mohammed (Bapu), MARM, Kerala was the special invitee.
In his address, Mr H Manoj, DGM informed the gathering about financial support provided to ARPAN for formation of two farmer producer organizations. One being Organic Producer Co.Ltd. under whose banner the current program is being conducted. He also dwelt at length about organic method of farming and its benefits.
Mr B Nagesh Ram, Sr. Scientist, CIARI spoke about the benefits of organic farming and how one can cultivate organic produces at their own backyards.  Mr Mohd Safiq, Pradhan requested NABARD and CIARI to extend all support to the villagers to adopt organic farming.
Dr. P K Mohammed, MARM, Kerala dwelt at length about prevention of lifestyle diseases by adopting and developing healthy food habits. He also said that our bodies are complex and we need enough fuel and nutrients to carry out a huge variety of functions everyday – from fighting infection to repairing everyday wear and tear. Good nutrition is vital for health and well-being. A poor diet can contribute to obesity, malnutrition, diabetes, cancer, stroke and heart disease. We tend to eat too much of the foods that are less healthy, such as sugary drinks and processed foods that are high in saturated fat or salt. Most of us know that eating five portions of fruit and vegetables a day is good for our health, but we don’t always manage to achieve this. Later Dr. PK Mohammed also cocducted a free consultation camp for the benefit of those present in the meeting.
Earlier, Mr M A Salam, Ex-Dir.(Agri) welcomed the gathering and Mr. C J Joseph proposed vote of thanks. The Program was conducted as part of the Project “Promotion of Farmer Producer Organization” supported by NABARD and implemented by ARPAN in association with HORTISAN.