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CSR: Improve Your Lifestyle This World Health Day


On World Health day, this year’s theme is #HealthForAll. It is a daunting goal for every country in the world, and one that no society can afford to shy away from. In a developing country like India, this is a giant task given the pressure of a population of 1.3 billion people. To make health for all happen, everyone including companies, individuals and communities must work together.

Srinivasan Services Trust (SST), the social arm of TVS Motor Company, and Sundaram Clayton, are working with more than 3 million villagers in India to ensure health for all by engaging with the community, and with government agencies. The infant mortality in SST villages is down to less than 1 per 1000 births, vs the national average of 34. Maternal mortality is down to 9.6 per 100,000 live births vs the national average of 167.

A service delivery unit established under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS) by the Government of India, the Nandghar is an extension of the existing Anganwadi initiative. It provides benefits of round the clock electricity through Solar panels, e-learning in a stimulating environment, clean drinking water through RO purifiers and primary healthcare through mobile medical units.

The Nandghars will run as children’s education and health centre in the morning and train women in vocational skills in the second half. The aim is to eradicate malnutrition in children and create women entrepreneurs across India.

Nestlé India in collaboration with the FDA Assam and Magic Bus India Foundation, commemorated World Health Day through the Nestlé Healthy Kids programme in Guwahati. The program claims to reach out to 5000 adolescents and 1500 parents, educating them on nutrition, health, wellness and active living.

Awareness needs to be raised among adolescents to help them understand basic nutritional requirements, good cooking practices, healthy eating habits, hygiene, physical activity and lifestyle diseases.

Education is a powerful tool for ensuring that every citizen understands the value of nutrition and physical activity, and continue leading healthy lives. Each one of us should encourage and adopt a healthy lifestyle so as to enable healthy living and lesser health issues in the future.

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The CSR Journal Team