20 October, 2020

Sprint As The Bell Rings

Health cannot be bought with prescription, money and influence.

Illustration by Saahil
Sprint As The Bell Rings

So we just had ‘world heart day’. The pathology labs and pha­rma firms went on an overdrive; so did front-page news articles. Everyone talk­ing about how we are a boiling pot of heart diseases and metabolic disorders.

Honestly, having a digital BP monitor at home or checking lipid profiles routinely is hardly a healthy routine—it’s a fear routine cultivated by the pharma industry. What we need instead is strong advocacy for both activity and exercise. If you just think about it, ours must be the world’s laziest nation. Barring our farmers (not the ones who are farmers for tax benefits) and labourers, none of us move; forget about walking to work, school or colleges.

Not doctors but governments can keep hearts hea­lthy and it starts with better roads. By that I mean more room for footpaths and less for cars. That way you create an environment conducive to walking, and walking is an activity (not an exercise). A much-needed one for every involuntary system of the body—the digestive and circulatory being the most...



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