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SHILLONG, May 19: Ninety-five percent of reported chronic diseases in Meghalaya are due to people’s dietary habits, according to Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare and Commissioner (Food Safety), Sampath Kumar.
Kumar was speaking at the Eat Right Mela hosted by the Office of the Food Safety Commissioner at the State Central Library on Thursday.
In his inaugural speech as a keynote guest, Kumar said programs like this are needed to educate the general public about the benefits of eating well or eating healthy.
He also urged participants to undergo annual medical examinations to ensure a healthy life.
Stating that health in India is a matter of state, he informed the assembly that Meghalaya had launched a public health policy after deliberating with various stakeholders continuously on a weekly basis.
This policy has three essential factors – preventive or health-promoting, curative and enabling, he added.
He also highlighted the need for physical exercise to fight disease and praised the office for organizing a walkathon which he says will go a long way in motivating the public to engage in promoting physical activity in their daily lives. .
Earlier, Chief Secretary RV Suchiang reported on the Madan Iewrynghep walkathon which ended at the premises of the Central State Library.