To raise awareness about the need for reduced intake of salt and prevent kidney problems, over 300 people took part in the ‘Salt Satyagraha Walkathon' organised by Balaji Educational and Medical Trust and Rotary Club of Madras (RCM) Coromandel here recently.

The Walkathon was flagged by Rajan Ravichandran, director of nephrology, MIOT Hospital, RCM Coromandel president P. Thangamuthu, U.S. Consul General in Chennai Andrew T. Simkin and playwright Crazy Mohan.

School and college students, members of RCM, representatives of medical fraternity and early morning joggers took part in the Walkathon carrying placards. They also distributed leaflets and pamphlets to the public to create awareness. The Walkathon started from the Gandhi Statue at Marina and ended near Kannagi Statue.

Mr. Thangamuthu said while everyone spoke about the ill-effects of consuming alcohol, people rarely spoke about high intake of salt, which was a silent killer. It caused damage to the heart and kidney. “This is the first major initiative by us and we would like to sustain the campaign.”