Apollo Gleneagles Hospital, Kolkata, over the years, has associated with and promoted several major sporting events to help inspire the adoption of a fitness oriented lifestyle. Further strengthening this commitment, the Hospitals supported the 5K Run, as a significant part of the IDBI Federal Life Insurance Kolkata Full Marathon, 2017.
In a society that is increasingly becoming sedentary and ‘desk-bound’, doctors and other healthcare professionals are concerned and worried about the impact of such a lifestyle on the overall health and wellbeing of the populace at large. Ranging from such effects like unwanted and harmful weight gain, to an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, to a host of other complaints – a life devoid of physical activity is therefore a major challenge in the development of a healthy society. Running and jogging, and other exercises that promote good cardiovascular health, have therefore emerged as a viable mode for promoting and ensuring better health outcomes and an overall healthy lifestyle.
Flagging off the event with Sporting legend Sachin Tendulkar, Dr Rupali Basu, President and CEO ER, Apollo Hospitals Group, India, observed, “Today’s modern and especially corporate lifestyle is built around the twin ideals of speed and momentum. All are constantly running a race towards our targets. However, this ‘race’ is mostly metaphorical, since a great part of it is run in the confines of our workstations – a scenario that results in an unhealthy lifestyle and poor health outcomes. As the healthcare leaders of the region, the Apollo Gleneagles 5K Run represents our efforts to help you bridge the gap between the metaphorical and the actual. As a corporate leader I urge all corporate professionals to run this 5 km keeping the rising incidence of NCDS which constitute 63% of overall disease and expected to go up to 78% in a decade. We hope that events such as this will help promote an overall healthy lifestyle, and have a significant contribution towards the creation of a healthy society. As the legendary George Sheehan has said “Out on the roads , there is fitness and self-discovery and the persons we were destined to be”.”
Speaking on the occasion the cricketing Legend Sachin Tendulkar observed “It is encouraging to see so many corporate professionals run for their health and wellbeing and take responsibility for their health. If my participation has urged more people to come forward and run, I am happy to be here.”