Four-year-olds G. Varshitha, V. Mohanapriya and Victor, were among the 1,050 students of Vethaloga Vidhyalaya Matriculation Higher Secondary School, located near Senthamangalam, who formed the shape of a big heart on the school ground to stress on the need to give importance to heart and how to stay healthy by avoiding heart ailments.
The students, aged between 3 and 15 years, held chart papers with the image of a heart and explained the importance of the heart as part of the World Health Day observance on Sunday. Kindergarten students explained the circulation system, location, importance and functions of the heart, while primary school children explained the parts of the heart and the diseases that will affect it.
High school students took up a more responsible role by explaining simple and effective steps that can be followed by the common man to prevent heart ailments such as reducing usage of oil for cooking, exercising and other steps that should be followed to keep the mind and body healthy. They also differentiated good and bad cholesterol and how they get deposited and result in heart ailments.
Correspondent of the school M.K. Guru told The Hindu that the campaign was organised for the benefit of the rural population. “The theme for this year’s World Health Day was hypertension. According to World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics, a third of the world’s population is affected by blood pressure and 50 percent of them are affected by heart ailments or prone to it”, he said.
“The school’s “Ithayam Kaapom – Save Heart Live Long” project that is aimed at creating awareness among one lakh people in 30 days on the importance of the heart and how to live healthy by preventing heart attacks was inaugurated by Collector D. Jagannathan on March 19. In line with the project, each child will explain the importance of heart to three of their neighbours or relatives everyday to achieve the goal”, he added.
He said that the campaign on Saturday was part of the project, to scale up the reach among the rural populace – that lacks knowledge on heart ailments.