Thursday, October 30, 2008

Blood Pressure Basics

Blood Pressure Basics
When your blood Pressure exceeds an upper limit for an extended time, you have high blood pressure i.e.hypertension
In adults, high blood pressure is defined as a systolic pressure of 140 or higher,or a diastolic pressure of 90 or higher.
An elevated blood pressure indicates that the heart is working harder than normal-putting both it and the arteries under a greater strain
Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to : Fatal and non fatal stroke,
* Congestive heart failure
* Impaired vision or blindness
* Kidney failure
* And other causes of death

* You can't tell when your blood pressure is too high, i.e. high blood pressure usually has no symptoms.The only way to know if you have high blood pressure is to get it checked.

* One high blood pressure reading does not necessarily mean you have high blood pressure.Several readings need to be taken over a period of time.

* Some people have high blood pressure readings only in the doctor's office, and have consistently normal reading elsewhere.This is known as white coat hypertension. and probably does not need to be treated.

* If the top number ( systolic ) consistently exceeds 140 or if the bottom number ( Diastolic ) consistently exceeds 90, you should be working with your physician on lowering your blood pressure

High Blood Pressure Risk Factors
Overweight : Obesity and high blood pressure are closely associated.Very often people can reduce their blood pressure simply by losing a few pounds through diet and aerobic exercise
Alcohol : Too much alcohol commonly leads to high blood pressure.If you drink, limit drinks to one a day
Salt :People who have high blood pressure and who find that sodium affects their blood pressure should limit their sodium intake
Family history : If your parents or siblings have high blood pressure, you are more likely to have it.
Smoking : Smoking is an indirect risk factor for high blood pressure. It is a direct risk factor for hardening of the arteries and other diseases

Saturday, October 25, 2008

HELP TALKS- Dr. Fatema Jetpurwala on "TPZ- Learning comprehension technique for disabled children"

This video is a talk conducted by Dr. Fatema Jetpurwala at HELP on 22nd October '08 : topic - "TPZ- Learning comprehension technique for disabled children"

HELP TALKS- Dr. Rita Shah on "The vital screening tests that every modern women must undergo in today's age"

This video is a talk conducted by Dr. Rita Shah at HELP on 21st October '08 : topic - "The vital screening tests that every modern women must undergo in today's age"

Friday, October 24, 2008

HELP TALKS- Dr. Gauresh Palekar on "Backpain: Identifying the problem & curing yourself "

This video is a talk conducted by Dr. Gauresh Palekar at HELP on 18th October '08 : topic - "Backpain: Identifying the problem & curing yourself "

HELP TALKS- Dr. R. C. Shah on "Divine Healing"

This video is a talk conducted by Dr. R. C. Shah at HELP on 20th October '08 : topic - "Divine Helaing

Monday, October 20, 2008

Cigratte Smoking--Tips for quitting

Think about why you smoke

* You smoke to relax.because you're bored.Because your friends do.just because...

* When you started you thought you could control it.Now you know smoking controls you. You're addicted.

Focus on why you want to quit

* You want to feel better.You hate coughing up phlegm.

* Cancer, lung disease.You just dont want to risk it.

* You want to save money.You dont want your little sister or brother to start smoking "Just like you"

* The best reasons to quit are your reasons.Write them down.Look at them every time you want a cigarette

Get support from your friends

* It may seem like everybody smokes.The truth is, most people dont

* Get support from a non smoker, an ex smoker or someone else who wants to quit

* When you want a cigarette, call this person instead

Avoid temptation

* When do you smoke ? When you hang out with friends ? Aty parties ?

* Try to avoid places and people that tempt you to smoke-especially for the first few days

* When your friends light up, keep your cool

* Find smoke free options.Head for the mall or movies-places where you cant smoke

Worried about weight ?

* It is possible to quit smoking & keep the pounds off

* Instead of reaching for fat filled munchies, chew on carrot sticks and gum.

* You"ll look better without a cigarette.And you'll no longer smell like an ashtray.

Watch your money pile up

* Cigarettes cost big bucks-Your bucks

* Instead of buying a pack, save the money.Put it in a special place.

* Count it in a week, a month. Surprised ?

* Go out and buy something great.You deserve it Now you can afford it

Find other ways to relax

* Do you smoke to handle the stress of school, work or family ?

* Find other ways to deal with stress.Exercise. listen to music.Take a walk.

* Wamt a cigarette ? Take five long deep breaths instead

* Try meditating or self hypnosis.Do whatever it takes.

Take it one day at a time

* Dont worry about next week or next year.Quit for today.

* You may feel grouchyat first. That's normal and it will pass. Just keep saying " Just for today, I can do it"

* Slip today ? Try again tomorrow.Now you know what to expect

* Soon you'll breathe easier.You'll cough less.You'll jhave more energy to do the things you love

* Remember, only you know why you started to smoke.Only you know what it takes to quit.You can do it. Your way...............

Saturday, October 18, 2008

HELP TALKS- Dr. P. G. Diwan from Silver innings on "Know gerodontology- Dental problems of the elderly"

This video is a talk conducted by Dr. Dr. P. G. Diwan from Silver innings at HELP on 13th October '08 : topic - "Know gerodontology- Dental problems of the elderly"

HELP TALKS- Dr. R. K. Bhide on "How to make the heart strong & live longer"

This video is a talk conducted by Dr. R. K. Bhide at HELP on 11th October '08 : topic - "How to make the heart strong & live longer"

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

A word about nutrition

Why eat ?

Eating puts you directly in control of your own health, and it provides pleasure.
Foods contain the nutrients that are essential to good health.They provide energy & allow your body to grow. These nutrients areproteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals and water.

Each person's daily caloric needs are specific.The calories you need depend on your height and weight, your activity level and wether you want to lose, gain or maintain weight.

What is good nutrition ?

Good nutritient involves eating a variety of foods, because no one food will supply all the nutrients your body needs. The 4 main food groups are : 1. Fruits and vegetables, 2. Whole grains, cereals and breads, 3. Dairy products and 4. Meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dried beans and peas. Eating from each of the food groups everyday will help prevent any nutrient deficiency.

Experts recommend a daily calorie intake of 50 to 60% carbohydrates, not more than 30% from fats and the remainder from protein. These rules refelect a new emphasis on limiting fat & increasing carbohydrates, especially carbohydrates and fiber rich foods like whole grains, legumes & vegetables.

Are carbohydrates fattening ?

No carbohydrates are no more fattening than any other food.Infact ounce for ounce they provide half the calories of fat. Carbohydrates are an excellent source of energy and provide valuable vitamins, minerals & fiber.You should keep in mind that there are 2 types of carbohydrates--Simple and complex.

Simple carbohydrates, or sugars are found naturally in foods, such as fruits.When you eat these carbohydrates in their natural state, you get vitamins aminerals and fiber.

Complex carbohydrates or starches are found in a variety of foods and for that reason are usually the major source of carbohydrates in the diet. Complex carbohydrates and naturally occuring sugars should be stressed in a healthy diet. Examples of complex carbohydrates include starchy vegetables, beans, pasta and whole grain flours, breads and cereals.

Where can I find fiber ?
Fiber is the indigestible part of plants & it is found in legumes, fruits vegetables abd whole grain cereals and breads>It also aids digestion.

Why limit fatWhy limit fat ?
Fat is the most calorie dense nutrient.It contains about twice as many calories as carbohydrates or protein.While some fat is essential in the diet, most experts recommend no more than 30% of your daily calories come from fat.We generally talk about unsaturated and saturated dietary fat.Unsaturated fat is usually liquid at room temprature & is found in plants.Saturated fat is usually solid at room tempr5ature and is found in animals.

How do I know which foods are good for me and which are not ?
The most nutritious foods are high in vitamins and nutrients, but not high in calories.These include complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and low fat dairy products.Eaten in moderation, these provide energy and nutrients without a lot of calories.

Avoid the so called empty calories found in refined sugars and in alcohol.

Why watch my weight ?
Carrying around extra weight can lead to a host of problems.It can drain your energy, cause heart and lung problems and it can even cause your self esteem to suffer.The best way to lose weight or avoid gaining excess weight is to pay attention to your balance of food & activity.

HELP TALKS- Dr. Neha Bagadia on "Stop obsessing! How to overcome your obsessions & compulsions"

This video is a workshop conducted by Dr. Neha Bagadia at HELP on 3rd October '08 : topic - "Stop obsessing! How to overcome your obsessions & compulsions"

Monday, October 13, 2008

HELP TALKS- Dr. Firoz Lakdawala on "Yoga for mind- How to evict stress from life"

This video is a workshop conducted by Dr. Firoz Lakdawala at HELP on 10th October '08 : topic - "Yoga for mind- How to evict stress from life"

HELP TALKS- Dr. R. C. Shah on "Divine healing"

This video is a talk given by Dr. R. C. Shah at HELP on 6th October '08 : topic - "Divine healing"

HELP TALKS- Vasantha Mamorial trust on "Oral Cancer detection camp"

This video is a detection camp given by Vasantha Memorial Trust at HELP on 4th October '08 : topic - "Oral Cancer detection camp"

Friday, October 10, 2008

HELP TALKS- Mr. Sham Kodilkar on "Art therapy- Put to good use for troubled teens"

This video is a talk given by Mr. Sham Kodilkar at HELP on 1st October '08 : topic - "Art therapy- Put to good use for troubled teens"

HELP TALKS- Mr. Lalit Parimoo on "Experience emotional healing- learn Abhinay Yoga"

This video is a talk given by Mr. Lalit Parimoo at HELP on 2nd October' 08: topic - "Experience emotional healing- learn Abhinay Yoga"

Ayurvedic & Herbal Remedies

This book provides an in-depth knowledge of Arthritis with their causes, symptoms and diagnosis. It primarily focuses on the use of Ayurvedic and Herbal medicines in the treatment of Arthritis and allied conditions. The important aspect of this book is that it takes care to give a detailed description of the herbs available in India and outside India. Hence, according to the author, the readers from all over the world will find this book interesting and valuable in curing the problems of Arthritis and allied conditions.

Author : Dr. Narendra Jain
Publishser : Pustak Mahal, Delhi
Date of Publication: 2006
No. of Page : 191

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Depression : Help can make a difference

Depression is an emotion we feel at some stage of our lives. It involves feelings of sadness, unhappiness and being down in the dumps ho. Most people when faced with stress such as a loss, disappointment or frustration will experience unhappiness or sadness. When a depressed mood does not lift after a few days and feelings of sadness and unhappiness are especially intense, it is advisable to seek HELP
Signs of depression :* Feelings of sadness or irritability mein* Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed* Changes in weight or appetite* Changes in sleeping patterns* Feelings of guilt, hopelessness or worthlessness* Inability to concentrate, remember things or make decisions* Fatigue or loss of energy* Restlessness or decreased activity noticed by others* Complaints of physical aches and pains for which no medical causes can be found* Thoughts of suicide or death
If you or someone you know has been experiencing several of these signs for more than few weeks, seek help immediately.
Causes of depression : Often there are many interrelated factors associated with depression.These include :* Heredity : It is now well established that the tendency to develop depression runs in families.* Biochemical imbalance : Some types of depression are thought to be due to a chemical imbalance in the brain.This can be corrected with anti depressant medication.Stress : Depression is associated with stress and is more common at certain stages of life, such as the menopause and childbirth in women and retirement in men.
Your treatment choices
Counselling : In counselling, social workers, marriage and family therapists or pastoral counsellors work with individuals or their families to help them cope with the problems and stresses encountered in life.
Medications : Antidepressant medication, discovered is prescribed by doctors and psychiatrists and has been used successfully since to treat depression.Today medical researchers are developing new, improved medications with fewer side effects.It is helpful to discuss with the doctor the medication prescribed for depression. People who begin taking anti depressants are monitored to make sure the medication is working properly, taken as directed and prescribed in the correct dosage.
Psychotherapy : In psychotherapy, conducted by mental health professionals such as certified psychiatrists or psychologists, the person with depression works to understand the illness, solve probnlems and manage stressful situations.Both cognitive therapy and interpersonal therapy are effective in treating people with depression.
Self-Help Groups : Aimed at aiding people with depression, self help groups provide the mutual support to people undergoing depression.
Support of family and friends : Relatives and friends should look upon the person's depression in the same way as they look upon any physical illness.There are ways to make things a little easier for the depressed person-Dont criticize, push, patronize or lose your temper with someone experiencing depression.
Lastly dont despair, dont lose hope.There is help available, and help can make a difference.
Source : Canadian Mental Health Assoc. and Queensland Health

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

HELP TALKS- Mr. Vivek Joshi on "Harmonizing your health with the help of Music therapy"

This video is a talk given by Mr. Vivek Joshi at HELP on 30th Sep'08: topic - "Harmonizing your health with the help of Music therapy"

HELP TALKS- Ms. Bela Raja on "How to make your child think"

This video is a talk given by Ms. Bela Raja from MDA at HELP on 27th Sep'08: topic - "How to make your child think"

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

HELP TALKS- Mr. S. R. Prasad on "Mind control-The power to achieve whatever you want"

This video is a talk given by Mr. S. R. Prasad at HELP on 26th Sep'08: topic - "Mind control-The power to achieve whatever you want"

HELP TALKS- Dr. Deepak Patel on "Yoga nidra for stress management"

This video is a talk given by Dr. Deepak Patel at HELP on 29th Sep'08: topic - "Yoga nidra for stress management"

Monday, October 6, 2008

The Medicine Label Is Your Guide To Good Health

Just as you wouldn’t drive across the country without consulting a road map, you should never take medicine without first reading the label – your road map to good health. The label is your guide to taking medicine, it tells you everything you need to know.

As more medicines become available over-the counter (OTC) – or without a prescription – it’s important to know how to administer them to yourself and others, including children. Along with the opportunity for self –medication comes the responsibility for using medicines wisely. The medicine label provides essential information that you should read every time you take or administer medicine, including instructions regarding appropriate use, ingredients, drug interaction warnings, and possible side effects.

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Types of Headache


What it might be

What you can do


Extreme throbbing pain. Often starting on one side of head, nausea, vomiting; visual disturbances; sensitivity; to light and noise; dizziness.

Migraine Headache.

Use over-the-counter painkillers. Rest in dark room. Apply ice packs. See doctor about stronger medication or other help if pain persists or recurs.


Severe, non-throbbing pain, usually located around one eye; red, watery, bloodshot eye; nasal congestion; flushed face.

Cluster Headache

Apply ice packs and take hot showers. See doctor after first attack, symptoms could be caused by other serious problems). Doctor may prescribe medicine or pure oxygen (to be inhaled).


Steady pain that can be dull or intense and often feels like a band tightening around head; stiffness & tightness in neck, shoulders.

Tension Headache

Try over-the-counter painkillers. Get a deep muscle massage; learn techniques of stress reduction, such as meditation. Apply ice packs and hot showers. See doctor if pain persists.


Fever, pain behind forehead and eyes, accompanied by sinus congestions.

Sinus Headache

Call doctor for advice and appointment. Antibiotics can treat infections. Use nasal decongestants, but for not more than two days.

Friday, October 3, 2008



Boils are pink or red, very tender bumps under your skin, which occurs when bacteria infect one or more of your hair follicles. The bumps are usually larger than ½ inch in diameter. They typically grow rapidly, fill with pus and then burst, drain and heal. Although some boils resolve a few days after they appear, most burst and heal within two weeks.

Boils can occur anywhere on your skin, but most often on your face, neck, armpits, buttocks or thighs. Poor health, clothing that binds or chafes and disorders such as acne, dermatitis, diabetes and anemia can increase your risk of infection.


To avoid spreading this infection and to minimize discomfort, follow these measures:

· Soak the area with a warm washcloth or compress for about 30 minutes every few hours. Doing so may help the boil burst and drain much sooner. Use warm saltwater. (Add one teaspoon of salt too 1 quart of boiling water and let it cool.)

· Gently wash the sore twice a day with antibacterial soap. Cover the sore with a bandage to prevent spreading.

· Apply an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment such as bacitracin.

· Never squeeze or lance a boil, because you might spread the infection.

· Launder towels, compresses or clothing that has touched the infected area.

Medical Help

Contact your health care provider if the infection is located on your spine or on your face, worsens rapidly or causes severe pain or has not disappeared within two weeks or is accompanied by fever or reddish lines radiating from the boil. In some cases, antibiotics or surgical drainage may be necessary to clear your infection.

Source : MAYO CLINIC – Guide to Self-Care

Author : Philip T. Hagen, M.D.

HELP TALKS- Mr. Lalit Parimoo on "Emotional healing through Abhinay Yoga"

This video is a talk given by Mr. Lalit Parimoo at HELP on 25th Sep'08: topic - "Emotional healing through Abhinay Yoga"



It’s a fear and frustration for teens, but Acne can affect adults too. Plugged pores and bacteria in the skin cause acne. Oil from glands combines with dead skin to plug the pores, also called follicles. Follicles bulge, producing pimples and other types of blemishes:

· Whiteheads: clogged pores that have no openings

· Blackheads: pores that are open and have a dark surface

· Pimples: reddish spots that signal an infection by bacteria in plugged pores

· Cysts: thick lumps beneath the surface of your skin, formed by the buildup of secretions

Three of four teenagers have Acne. It is most prevalent in adolescence because hormonal changes stimulate the sebaceous glands during these years. The sebaceous glands secrete fatty oil called sebum, which lubricates your hair and skin. Menstrual periods, the use of birth control pills or cortisone medications and stress may aggravate Acne in later life.

Although a chronic problem for many people from puberty through early adulthood, Acne eventually clears in most cases.

Self - Care

  • Identify factors that aggravate your acne. Avoid oily or greasy cosmetics, sunscreens, hair styling products or acne cover-ups. Use products labeled “water-based” or “noncomedogenic.”
  • Wash problem areas daily with a cleanser that gently dries your skin and causes follicles to flake.
  • Try over-the-counter acne lotion (containing benzoyl peroxide, resorcinol or salicylic acid as the active ingredient) to dry excess oil and promote peeling.
  • Moderate exposure to the sun or careful use of a sun may help.
  • Keep your hair clean and off the face.
  • Watch for signs for spreading infection beyond the edges of a pimple.
  • Unless a food is clearly aggravating your acne, you don’t need to eliminate it. Foods like chocolate, once thought to be a cause of acne, generally aren’t the culprit.
  • Don’t pick or squeeze blemishes. The actions can cause infection or scarring.

Source : MAYO CLINIC – Guide to Self-Care

Author : Philip T. Hagen, M.D

HELP TALKS- Dr. Ravindra Kapadia on "Energy remedy through Acupressure"

This video is a talk given by Dr. Ravindra Kapadia at HELP on 24th Sep'08: topic - "Energy remedy through Acupressure"

Alzheimer's disease

Are you forgetful?
Are you confused?

Senescence, old age, is as much a part of life as birth and adolescence. It should be a time of joy and relaxation, a period when the experience of the years gone by, should be harnessed in the development of the young, old and the nation.

Where are my keys? Why did I open the cupboard? But we immediately remember where the keys were and what I wanted from the cupboard. We all forget as we get older, but personality and behavioral changes do not occur, these memory lapses are due Age Association Memory Impairment (AAMI).


It is a disease process involving brain in which person shows clear sign and symptoms of progressive impaired memory, thinking process and behavioral changes, usually after the age of 65 years.

What is Alzheimer’s disease (AD)?

It is the commonest type of Dementia. The following are the ten warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Recent memory loss that affects job skills, difficulty in performing familiar tasks, problems with language, disorientation of time and place, problem with abstract thinking, poor or decreased judgment, misplacing things, change in mood or behavior, changes in personality and loss of initiative. Those affected by the disease, eventually loose their ability to perform activities necessary for day to day living such as eating, toilet and bathing. In the later stage, basic biological functions are disturbed, all language abilities are lost and the patients die profoundly demented.

Dementia can also be caused by brain hemorrhages due to thickening of the blood vessel or part of the brain dying due to a block in the arteries (cerebrovascular accidents), Parkinson’s disease, vitamin B12 deficiency, syphilis, tumor, infections and hydrocephalus, which have signs and symptoms similar to Alzheimer’s disease. These can be cured by the specific treatment; hence it is very important that the correct diagnosis of type of dementia is made in the early stages of the disease. AIDS associated dementia occurs in young adults.

Is Alzheimer’s disease (AD) a genetic disease?

Most of the cases of AD are sporadic, anybody can be affected, and however persons having Apoe4 allele on chromosome 19 are more prone for getting the disease. Familial type of AD is rare, it runs in the family, have mutations of chromosomes 1 21, or 14, the latter has stronger association. The family members of the patients are only slightly at higher risk, if one twin has the other have 60% chances of getting the disease.

Who is more likely to get Alzheimer’s disease?

Minimal Cognitive impairment (MCI) is progressive memory loss without dementia. It is observed that 12 to 15% of these develop AD. At present exact etiology of AD is not known; however the risk of developing AD increases with advancing age. It is more common in women and in patients having brain vascular diseases. Boxers with head injuries sufficient to cause unconsciousness for more than 24 hours, carry increased risk. Moderate intakes of alcohol, coffee, medications are not risk factors. Over or under use of the brain do not cause AD. Low protein, low fat diet, and intake of fruit and vegetable juices atleast three times a week, and the warm extended care to their elderly, may be important environmental factors protecting against the development of AD.

See your DOCTOR

If one forgets more than his age, like misplacing car keys in the fridge, forgets to put off the gas stove, he must see the Doctor, who by carrying out certain verbal tests, investigations and brain scan, will be able to say if it is AAMI, MCI or dementia and what type. An elderly intervention will help better management.

Care giving to dementia patients.

It is a challenging task and at times can be very difficult. It is necessary to understand that the patient is not doing anything deliberately; his disturbed behavior is because of the changes in the brain.

Source: Spectrum Healthcare’s – ARDSI.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Getting active feeling fit

Just half an hour a day of moderate activity is all it takes.And that means simply doing the things you usually do,but in a way that uses a bit more energy.After just a few weeks you'll notice the difference in how you feel.

Living an active life can give you :

* More energy
* Greater stamina
* Stronger, more toned muscles
* A lower risk of heart disease and stroke
* A lower risk of osteoporosis ( Brittle bones )
* Improved posture
* Improved confidence
* A better shape and appearance

For those who have not been physically active, for sometime, gentle, steady progress is the key. A good way to start is to carry on with your everyday routine, but do things in a way that requires a bit more energy.Then build these activities into your daily lifestyle.

For example, Walking is often the best way to begin.Try to become a little more active everyday.Like,

* Use the stairs instead of the lift,
* Walk rather than drive
* Take the family for a regular swimming session etc.

As you get more active, try to make your exercise last a little longer.Your goal is 30 minutes of activity each day.If this is a continuous activity, the benefits will be even greater.

Suitable activities include-* Brisk walking
* Digging the garden
* Slow cycling
* Slow swimming
* Digging the garden
* Low impact aerobics
* Dancing-All kinds
* Tennis

When you're young, it's easy to think that you dont need to bother exercising.But it's vital to keep active to keep yourself in good shape.Not only will you look and feel better, but you'll be less likely to store up health problems for the future. But dont give up.Keep your motivation levels high, by finding all sorts of different ways to keep active.

Take it easy-The key to exercising safely is to take things at a suitable pace.

* Always warm up thoroughly

Gradually, ease your body into exercise or activity for the first few minutes
Be careful to increase the length and intensity of your exercise slowly : pain or uncomfortable stiffness, following activity are a sign that you have overdone things-ease off next time.


Healthy eating doesn't mean changing all your eating habits at once.It means trying out healthier varieties of food and new ways of preparing your food.To start with, try making simple changes to your eating habits.For a well balanced, healthy diet, choose a few things from the kist below. Introduce them into your diet, then gradually build in as many others as you can.

* The balance of good health

* Bread

* Cereals

* Potatoes

* Make these foods the main part of your meals.Eat all types, and choose high fibre varieties whenever you can

* Fruits

* Vegetables

Try to eat atleast5 portions of fruits and vegetables each day.Include some vegetables, some salad and some fruit. Choose a wide variety like

* Milk

* Dairy foods

These are a good source of calcium.Choose lower fat alternatives whenever you can.

* Meat

* Fish and

* Alternatives

Choose lean meat or trim any visible fat. Try to eat 2 portions of fish a week, especially oily fish.
* Foods containing fat and

* Foods containing sugar

Try not to eat these too often.When you do eat them, have small amounts.

Thus, getting active simply means adjusting your lifestyle to make it more physical.Just 30 minutes of activity a day will bring benefits in terms of health, energy and general well being.If you combine this with a healthy diet, you have the key to getting active and feeling fit.
Living an active life can give you :

* More energy
* Greater stamina
* Stronger, more toned muscles
* A lower risk of heart disease and stroke
* A lower risk of osteoporosis ( Brittle bones )
* Improved posture
* Improved confidence
* A better shape and appearance

For those who have not been physically active, for sometime, gentle, steady progress is the key. A good way to start is to carry on with your everyday routine, but do things in a way that requires a bit more energy.Then build these activities into your daily lifestyle.

For example, Walking is often the best way to begin.Try to become a little more active everyday.Like,
* Use the stairs instead of the lift,
* Walk rather than drive
* Take the family for a regular swimming session etc.

SOURCE : Health Education Authority 1996

HELP TALKS- Ms.Gulshan Kapadia on "Importance of eating habits in people practicing Yoga!"

This video is a talk given by Ms. Gulshan Kapadia at HELP on 23rd Sep'08: topic - "Importance of eating habits in people practicing Yoga!"