NCC cadets spread healthy heart message
3000 NCC cadets across India spread the message of a healthy heart in association with Billion Hearts Beating Foundation
To mark World Heart Day, the ‘Billion Hearts Beating Foundation’ – a campaign against the risks of heart disease and a partner of the Apollo Group of Hospitals – today announced its partnership with the National Cadet Corps (NCC) in New Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bangalore.
Over 225 NCC cadets and army officials took the pledge during the occasion.
The campaign aims at informing people about the basic actions they can introduce into their daily lives to lead a healthy heart existence. To enhance and sustain good heart health in the country, the cadets across five metros – New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata took the pledge to mark World Heart Day.
Dr Prathap C Reddy, Executive Chairman, Apollo Hospitals, said, “The number of people with CVDs is growing, and its impact is disproportionately felt by those in the developing world, where people die younger. CVD risk can be lowered by spreading awareness that helps people make healthier choices. There is dire need to make people aware of the cardiovascular risks that they face today. With this partnership, we seek to highlight the major factors contributing to heart disease and help families, corporates, communities and individuals to inspire and encourage the Indian youth to maintain their heart health through physical fitness and healthy eating habits as well as by curbing harmful lifestyle choices such as smoking and drinking.”
This collaboration aims to train the NCC cadets across India with the requisite first-aid skills, including basic life support, and to certify the NCC trainers. Apollo Hospitals medical team will be interacting with various NCC academies to begin the training sessions.The partnership will be a long-term one, whereby over the coming years, Apollo Hospitals and Billion Hearts Beating Foundation will train thousands of young cadets to stand united against the heart disease pandemic.
Billion Hearts Beating launched in April 2010 is an ongoing movement to promote heart health across India by creating awareness about heart disease, its causes, symptoms, preventive measures, care and treatment.