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SRINAGAR: If you are connected to your neighbors, have strong family ties and are involved in your community, you have less chances of getting a heart attack or stroke, said Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Thursday in a communiqué. “Social connections reduce your risk of having a heart attack or stroke,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan. Quoting a study, he said people who were less connected to others were 29 percent more likely to have a heart attack and 32 percent more likely to suffer a stroke than people who had more social interactions and relationships.

 

“That means about a third of heart attacks and strokes can be prevented by strong social ties.”  Dr Nisar said social interactions help to buffer the damaging effects of stress which exposes the body to high levels of hormones like adrenaline and cortisol that lead to clogging of blood vessels. “Stress makes other risk factors like high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol worse,” he said adding that “people who have lot of stress smoke and choose other unhealthy ways to deal with stress which in turn heighten the risk for a coronary or a brain event.”

 

“Interpersonal contact helps you pull in healthy habits and behavior like regular exercise, healthy diet, avoidance of smoking and reducing weight,” Dr Nisar pointed out. “People around you can bring sense of purpose and meaning in your life that translates to taking better care of yourself,” he added.  “While social integration has been found to protect your heart and brain, more and more people are living alone and loneliness is becoming increasingly common,” said Dr Nisar.  “Physicians and healthcare providers should emphasize the significance of social relationships on health as much as advocating for eating right and exercising,” he opined.

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JAMMU: 4th International Yoga Day which is being observed worldwide was also celebrated throughout the State today in which around 2000 youth participated. Two functions in this regard; one in Jammu and the other in Srinagar were held today wherein J&K State AIDS Control Society participated in collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Jammu and Srinagar branches who had organized the function. 

The Chief Guest of the function Dr. Devinder Kumar, Manyal, former Minister for Health & Medical Education Department, J&K emphasised upon the significant role of Yoga in the healthy development of youth and explained the audience about the importance of yoga in the overall wellbeing of a person. He also awarded the youth, who are practicing yoga on sustained basis and assured all help for the cause of yoga and he also appealed the youth to practice yoga on regular basis for their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health especially in these times of stress. 

Some of the experts on yoga gave demonstration of the simplified yoga exercises which included the participants from Jammu University and Central University.  Participants drawn from the different rural areas of the state actively participated in the event and the appealing exercises captivated the youth. 

A team of J&K State AIDS Control Society, Jammu Office comprising of Dr. Yashpal Karsyal I/c Jammu Camp Office, Mr. Vivek Sharma, Chief Accounts Officer, Ms. Deepika B. Thakur, Deputy Director (IEC), Mr. Risheesh Khajuria, Assistant Director (IEC) and Mr. Rajesh Sharma, Assistant Director (Youth) also participated in this event in joint collaboration with Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan, Jammu. 

Mrs. Deepika B. Thakur, Deputy Director (IEC), J&K State AIDS Control Society speaking on the occasion dwelt about the role of yoga in context of combating drug abuse and HIV/AIDS.  She emphasized the role of yoga in mitigating stress, which is the root cause of many problems.  Mrs. Thakur appealed the youth to disseminate the awareness about the meaningful role of yoga in context of drug addiction and HIV/AIDS Prevention. 

Other dignitaries present on the dais included Prof. Indu Aima, Former Director, IMPA, Dr. D.L. Choudhary, Dr. K.C. Sharma, Mr. S.S. Kashyap, Director, Nehru Yuva Kendra Sanghathan (J&K), Dr. Ravi Kumar, Registrar, Central University of Jammu, Sh. S.K. Jain, Ms. Renu Thaper, Ms. Konika Bhagat, Ms. Ranjana Verma, Mr. Sanjeev Kumar and Mr. Anil Raina.

 

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JAMMU: District  Jail, Jammu  in  collaboration  with Narcotics  Control  Bureau, Ministry  of  Home  Affairs,  GoI today organized an awareness programme on "International  Day  against  Drug  Abuse  and  Illicit  Trafficking” to educate the jail inmates about the harmful effects of consuming drugs. The programme was conducted under the guidance of Director General of Police (Prisons Department) Dilbagh  Singh.

Nukkad  Nataks/Skits  were performed by  the  NCB  Team  on  the  menace  of Drug  Abuse  and  Illicit  Trafficking. The  jail inmates  appreciated  the  efforts / measures  taken  by  the    DGP  Prisons,  J&K  for  organizing  such  type  of  Nukkad  Natak / Skits  for  the awareness. Dinesh Sharma, Sr.  Superintendent District Jail Jammu, K.P.  Tiwari,  Superintendent  Narcotics  Control  Bureau,  C.S. Rathore,  Intelligence Officer,  NCB,  Medical  Officer District  Jail  Jammu  were  also  present on the occasion.