The government, organisations, and corporates have pledged to make Bengaluru India’s first Arogya city.
What’s it about? Several stakeholders have come together to reduce the burden of non-communicable diseases in the city. It ranks higher than other districts in the state when it comes to diabetes and heart disease.
- An Arogya city brings together civil society, governments, and corporates to collaborate and improve people’s overall health.
- The goal is to reach about 5 lakh people in the city and encourage them to lead a healthier lifestyle.
Experts speak: Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said non-communicable diseases are increasing rapidly in the city. One example is 25% of the city’s population is diabetic. Among the reasons are long working hours and a poor diet.
- Cardiac surgeon Dr Devi Shetty, one of the initiative’s brand ambassadors, said lifestyle changes and regular physical activity would help.