"It need not be a long-drawn talk, but a short talk of 10 to 15 minutes," IMA national president K K Aggarwal said.
IMA branches have been asked to adopt schools and deliver lectures on matters of public health in their morning assemblies. The topic for this month is fighting obesity at a young age to prevent common lifestyle diseases in the future.
Childhood obesity is increasing worldwide at an alarming pace. Factors contributing to this are the consumption of an unhealthy diet -- eating foods high in fats, sugar and salt (junk food, processed food) and a sedentary lifestyle.
"Today, TV, Internet, computer and mobile games have taken precedence over outdoor sports making children at a much higher risk of obesity," Mr Aggarwal said.
IMA general secretary R N Tandon said, "Prevention of lifestyle diseases must start in childhood itself. Schools shape the lives of their students and have a very important role to play in this battle against childhood obesity in creating health awareness among children."
School health education programmes can help reduce health risk behaviours such as tobacco use, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, drug and alcohol use, he added.
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