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Mantra for healthy living gathers pace

The objective of two youngsters to improve wellness among people is gaining ground with added group strength.

As reported in our December 1, 2013 issue, ‘Arogya Mantra,’ which began four months ago as an initiative of Kritika Satija (a qualified physiotherapist) and Jignal Bhagvandas (a medical student), is evincing the interest of medical practitioners and others.

Persistent apathy

“Indians suffer from poor cardiovascular health, aggravated by an imbalanced life style, characterised by over work, not-so-healthy food and a lack of exercise. Despite the presence of several sports clubs and avenues to remain physically fit, there is an inexplicable apathy,” Kritika said.

Jignal quoted surveys which showed that cardiovascular disease and diabetes were two major killers that affected people from South Asia, particularly the Indian Sub-Continent.

The two young women established ‘Arogya Mantra’ to fulfil an apparent need for a programme that was more than a physical fitness class, focused on the members of the Indian community.

Healthy pursuits

“Our programme aims to incorporate healthy living and healthy choices into your everyday life. Keeping fit is just one part of the equation to a healthy body and mind. This is why we also aim to educate our members on different diseases, healthy lifestyles and the health system. Ailments including high sugar, high cholesterol and high blood pressure are all silent diseases that are ticking time bombs. However, these can easily be prevented with a bit of exercise, better diets and knowledge about good health and the health system,” Kritika and Jignal said.

Weekly classes

Their organisation is open to all persons above 18 years of age and encourages families to their free classes.

“Our classes, held on Sundays from 615 pm at the Blockhouse Bay Community Centre (524 Blockhouse Bay Road) are of 90 minutes duration, designed to improve muscle strength, bone density, balance and concentration. Dance aerobics foster cardiovascular and mental health, while guest speakers discuss common health problems,” Jignal said.

Further information can be obtained from Kritika Satija on 021-1329329 or Jignal Bhagvandas on 021-0697007.

The picture shows (front row, from left) Nikhil Magan, Ron Vazirani and Cheeraj Patel; (back row from left) Jignal Bhagvandas, Mahima Shukla, Ashna Siraj, Kritika Satija and Simrat Gill

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