Happiness Illiteracy ails Delhi Children, Boys &Girls

Perfect Health Mela begins, attracts massive footfalls, paying tribute to late Arun Jaitely

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New Delhi: 1st day of Perfect Health Mela reverberated with hearty laugh of 1000 Delhites. But a survey in the Health mela revealed that children, boys and girls in Delhi do not understand what constitutes happiness. Massive footfalls marked the day one of Mela.

A fleet of 20 celebrities and big wigs inaugurated Mela, though no state and central ministers who had been invited turned up. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain and Kiren rijiju Minister of State Youth Affairs and sports were invited and announced. Bitter politics seemed to take the better of them, though life size photo frames of late Arun Jaitely in the Mela attracted the attention. This Mela has given tribute to the late heavyweight politician through programs on diabetes. Over 300 people were tested for HbA1c, free of cost, in memory of Shri Arun Jaitley. Mela will continue till Oct 20 in Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.

Talking to Medicare News, Padmashree Dr KK Aggarwal said the survey has revealed children in Delhi do not understand the components of happiness. They only understand that physical and mental health is happiness. They were not at all aware of the fact that mindfulness is the real happiness. Spreading happiness literacy is the need of the hour.

The Heart Care Foundation of India (HCFI), a leading national non-profit organization committed to making India a healthier and disease-free nation flagged off its annual flagship event – the 26th Perfect Health Mela (PHM). The theme of the Mela is ‘Fit Delhi, Fit India’.

A survey on Happiness Index is being conducted over the three days of the event in addition to the regular competitions Anmol, Divya Jyoti, EcoFest, Heritage, and MedicoMasti. New attractions include a special show on the science behind miracles, Bollywood evening with Shibani Kashyap, Dandia show, and an open dance competition. A special Laughter Yoga Show is also being organized by the organization Laughter Yoga International.

A special campaign on the benefits of saline nasal drops during the Diwali season to combat ill effects of pollution was also launched in association with Nasivion S. Saline drops are a safe solution for dry and stuffy noses and can help improve nasal hygiene and are safe to be used in all age groups including kids.

Inaugurating the event were Shri CK Khanna, Acting President BCCI, Ms Meenakshi Datta Ghosh IAS, Co-Chair HCFI Round Table on Health & Wellness Building Consensus; Shri Satish Upadhyaya Former Chairman Education SDMC; Shri Bejon Misra, International Consumer Policy expert; Dr Girish Tyagi, President, Delhi Medical Association; Ms Richa Bharti, Consultant Media & Communications, Ministry of Health, GOI; Prof Dr Monica Chaudhry, Director, School of Health Sciences, Ansal University and Dr Nisha Mendiratta, Associate Head, Splice, Department of Science and Technology (DST), GOI.

In its 26th edition, the Mela is being organized by HCFI jointly with Dept. of Health Delhi Government, DST and other government departments. Supporting the event are leading brands including personal and fabric hygiene brand Fena, restaurant chain Imperfecto, educational institute Ansal University, personal hygiene brand Pee Safe, medical device company Agatsa, Coca Cola, LIC and other organizations.

Speaking at the inaugural, Padma Shri Awardee, Dr KK Aggarwal, President, HCFI & CMAAO said, ‘It is extremely heartening to flag off the 26th edition of the Perfect Health Mela. This year the Mela focuses on a highly relevant theme, that of a Fit India. It is important to understand that a person can be fit irrespective of whether they are healthy or have a disease. A fit body houses a fit mind and this way many health concerns can be for a fitter and cleaner India. This year, the Mela has several new features and promises to enthrall visitors with its mix of education and entertainment.’

Speaking on this, Mr Arun Sethi – Delhi Laughter Club, Dr Umesh Saghal – Gurgaon Laughter Club and Com. Ashok Sawhney – Jalvayu Laughter Club said “The age-old saying that laughter is the best medicine cannot be truer. Not only does laughing improve and increase blood circulation but also protects the heart in the process. We are happy to be a part of this Mela and organize a session on the importance of laughter yoga”.

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