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95% of chronic diseases in Meghalaya due to dietary habits

Shillong, May 19 (UNI) Eighty-five percent of chronic diseases in Meghalaya were due to dietary habits, a health official said Thursday at the first-ever ‘Eat Right Mela’ hosted by the commissioner’s office in food security, Meghalaya, a walkathon themed “Walk for Health” was also held earlier in the morning of Madan Iewrynghep at the Central State Library to raise awareness about the importance of good health and how to combat negative nutritional trends to combat lifestyle-related illnesses. A large number of people participated in the walkathon which was reported by Chief Secretary Rebecca Vanessa Suchiang. Inaugurating the ‘Eat Right Mela’ at the premises of the State Central Library, Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare and Commissioner (Food Safety), Sampath Kumar informed that 95% of chronic diseases in the state were due to eating habits, and therefore these types of ‘mela’s (fairs) were necessary to educate the general public about the benefits of eating well or eating healthy foods. Eat Right Mela is an infotainment model of a street food festival to engage, excite and empower citizens to make the right food choices. Urging the congregation to undergo annual medical checkups to ensure healthy living, the health official stressed the need for physical exercises to fight diseases. Praising the office for organizing a walkathon, he said it would go a long way in motivating the public to get involved in promoting physical activity in their daily lives. Kumar informed that Meghalaya has initiated a public health policy by deliberating with various stakeholders continuously on a weekly basis. “There are three essential factors in this policy – preventive or health-promoting, curative and enabling,” he said. Meanwhile, the Joint Commissioner for Food Security, Meghalaya, informed that the 36th meeting of the Central Advisory Committee (CAC) will be held here on Friday and Saturday. UNI RRKBM