During the historical visit to the White Continent, Antarctica, with brief stays in Brazil and Argentina, the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest medical organization in the United States, will organize Obesity Awareness Campaigns in the southernmost parts of the world, Dr. Suresh Reddy, President of AAPI announced here today.
Dr. Ravi Kolli, Secretary of AAPI, who has been coordinating the historic Tour to Antarctica, said, “Nearly 200 AAPI leaders and supporters from across the United States are embarking on a voyage to the Seventh Continent starting on November 28th. During the two weeks long expedition to Antarctica, AAPI has planned several events in Brazil and Argentina championing the cause of Obesity Awareness across South America.”
Dr. Reddy lauded Vandana Aggarwal, Chair of the Family CME Cruise for developing the entire program, and Dr. Krishan Kumar, Chair of CMEs, who is coordinating the world class CMEs for Physicians during the Cruise.
According to Dr. Uma Koduri, Chair of Obesity Awareness Campaign, the Walkathons planned in Brazil and Argentina will have the traditional anti-obesity walks with participants wearing Yellow Shirts with Caps, the unique theme representing energy, motivation, hope, optimism, joy and happiness.
Consequences of obesity include: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes, which can shorten the lifespan of children. American society has become characterized by environments that promote increased consumption of less healthy food and physical inactivity leading to this childhood obesity epidemic.
Research has shown that healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy eating and physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and developing related diseases. Schools play a particularly critical role by establishing a safe and supportive environment with policies and practices that support healthy behaviors. Schools also provide opportunities for students to learn about and practice healthy eating and physical activity behaviors.
Subsequent to the Obesity Awareness Campaigns in Hyderabad, India during and after the Global Healthcare Summit 2019, AAPI has been organizing such Obesity Walkathon events with the goals to have them organized in at least in 100 schools in India and eventually the world across, making it an Obesity Revolution to educate and empower everyone to prevent obesity and lead healthy lives and make positive contributions to their communities.
Dr. Reddy and his leadership team at AAPI believe that AAPI’s Obesity Awareness Campaign Walkathons will go a long way in educating the public and in contributing to the prevention of obesity now, and thus translating into lower health care costs in the future. For more details on AAPI and its several healthcare initiatives, please visit: www.aapiusa.org