Coordinated efforts are needed between farmers, agricultural scientists, dieticians, doctors, food scientists, corporate businessmen, policy makers and politicians for the prevention of disease through healthy and balanced diets, Ravinder Singh, Scientist C, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi said here recently.

Speaking at a national conference on Food Processing Technology for Health Progression NCFPTH 2013, organised by the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, Periyar University, Salem, Mr. Singh said prevention of disease is vital in the modern world and that can be achieved only through proper diet.

He said that the country has a large raw material base suitable for food processing industry and wanted professionals to use the opportunity.

P.S. Panneer Selvam, Medical Director, Shanmuga Hospital, Salem said that healthy weight management in adults can prevent many non communicable disease and improve the quality of life.

S. Devaraja, Department of Studies and Research in Biochemistry, Tumkur University, Karnataka discussed antithrombotic agents from medical plants, fruits or seeds as least side effects help in better management of cardiovascular and cerebrovascular complications.

Vice-Chancellor of the university K. Muthuchelian gave the presidential address.