A mini marathon to spread awareness on the effect of non-communicable diseases was undertaken by the students of KAPV Government Medical College and doctors in the city on Sunday.

The government of Tamil Nadu had announced earlier this year that 2013-14 would be marked as a special year for spreading awareness about various health issues to the people of the State.

The aim behind the initiative was to create awareness and suggest lifestyle modifications to the public, in the wake of the increasing number of people being affected with lifestyle diseases.

The marathon organised on Sunday was one among the many initiatives undertaken this year to spread health-related awareness. It was flagged off by Dr. M.A. Aleem, vice-principal of KAPV Government Medical College.

The run began on the college premises, moved to Aristo junction, Central Bus Stand, St. John’s Vestry Anglo Indian School, Collectorate, and concluded at the college.

About 500 medical students and doctors participated in the programme. There were three prizes for girls and boys respectively.

The objective of the event was to educate the public about the effects of different non communicable diseases such as hypertension, stroke and cancer, according to Dr. Aleem.