Word today is suffering because of rising prevalence of non-communicable and lifestyle diseases led primarily by problems of modern lifestyles. Decline in communicable diseases has been accompanied by a gradual rise in the prevalence of chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) which now contribute to 60% of mortality.
J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare in his at the 69th session of the WHO Regional Committee of South-East Asia Region at Colombo recently, while expressing his concern on the rising prevalence of non-communicable and lifestyle diseases around the globe that Yoga, an ancient practice of India, can contribute to resilience against Non-Communicable Diseases. “The knowledge of Yoga can be very effectively used for preventing and controlling many of the lifestyles diseases. Major Non-communicable Diseases like Cancer, Diabetes, CVD, Stroke, and COPD are to a great extent by unhealthy lifestyle. If the body is a temple of the mind, yoga creates a beautiful temple,” Nadda stated.
Earlier, on behest of the appeal of the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution, with co-sponsorship from 177 countries, to observe 21st June as the International day of Yoga. Greeting the participants, the Health Minister said that the spread of yoga is the symbol of a changing world. It represents a world where knowledge flows, without restriction of country, creed or class. It represents a world where people come together across boundaries, for causes and concerns that unite the planet. Shri Nadda stated that Yoga is our collective gift to humanity. It may have originated in India, but it draws its energies from the millions who practice it around the world.