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How the Mahatma Gandhi Health and Peace Walk implements Experts’ Views

The Mahatma Gandhi Health and Peace Walk is, above all, a practical initiative. Drawing inspiration from Gandhi’s words who said, ‘My life is my message”, we aim to use his example of walking regularly to inspire people to walk. By doing so, we aim to contribute to better addressing the huge and growing problem of non-communicable diseases in the world.

Attached are some links that demonstrate how the Walk offers a viable solution to a complex public health problem.

1. ‘10 facts about diabetes’

http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/diabetes/01_en.html

This link states that, “There is an emerging global epidemic of diabetes that can be traced back to rapid increases in overweight, obesity and physical inactivity.’ and that “Diabetes can be prevented. Thirty minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most days and a healthy diet can drastically reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.”

 2. Power to Prevent: Helping African Americans Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

http://www.cdc.gov/Features/DiabetesPrevention/

The article contains information about the program called "Power to Prevent" that includes 12 effective step-by-step lesson plans to help people take control of their eating habits and and engage in a more physically active lifestyle.

3. ‘Physical activity and risk of coronary heart disease in India’

http://ije.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/33/4/759

This article concludes that “Leisure-time exercise, including as much as 35–40 minutes per day of brisk walking, was protective for CHD risk and sedentary lifestyles were positively associated with risk of CHD. Given limited resources for care of CHD in India and the important role of physical exercise in disease risk in urban India, improvements in physical activity should be promoted.”

4. Michelle Obama's Plan to End Childhood Obesity Epidemic

http://children.webmd.com/news/20100511/michelle-obama-plan-to-end-child-obesity-epidemic

The article states that, “To accomplish this, the plan makes 70 recommendations for early childhood, for parents and caregivers, for school meals and nutrition education, for access to healthy food, and for increasing physical activity.”

5. Childhood obesity in Asian Indians: a burgeoning cause of insulin resistance, diabetes and sub-clinical inflammation

http://apjcn.nhri.org.tw/server/APJCN/Volume17/vol17suppl.1/172-175S9-3.pdf

The article states that “ Community based interventions are aimed at providing a conducive environment for children to follow a healthy lifestyle, promote healthy food alternatives, and bring awareness and need about an increase in physical activity.”

6. Prudent Diet and Preventive Nutrition From Pediatrics to Geriatrics: Current Knowledge and Practical Recommendations

http://www.cadiresearch.com/downloads/Prudent%20Diet%20and%20Preventive.pdf

The article states that, “ A prudent diet together with regular physical activity, avoidance of smoking, and maintenance of a healthy body weight may prevent the majority of diabetes and CVD in the Indian population.

7. The Impact of Heart Disease on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

http://hp2010.nhlbihin.net/aapi_slds/download/aapislds.pdf

This slide presentation calls for providing “culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate materials.”

8. 15th Annual Conference of the Indian Society of Hypertension and
 4th International CME on Atherosclerosis, Hypertension and Coronary Artery Disease

http://www.searo.who.int/LinkFiles/RD_speeches_12NOV05.pdf

The speaker calls for, “The awareness creation needs to be pursued through the implementation of appropriate information, education and communication strategies at all levels of society. Modified dietary habits and optimal physical exercise can greatly influence the health outcomes.”

9. WHO Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health

http://www.who.int/dietphysicalactivity/strategy/eb11344/strategy_english_web.pdf

The WHO paper states, “ Strategies should be geared to changing social norms and improving community understanding and acceptance of the need to integrate physical activity into everyday life.”

10. Resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on World Diabetes Day

http://www.worlddiabetesday.org/files/docs/U4D/UN_Resolution.pdf

The resolution called to “ raise public awareness of diabetes”

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