Health is not a mere absence of disease: Governor

Bhubaneswar: Health is not a mere absence of disease. It is a dynamic expression of life in terms of how joyful, loving and enthusiastic one becomes. Whether it is stress relief, inner peace, improving immunity and having better health yoga is a proven practice since ancient time, said Governor SC Jamir today.

Inaugurating the National Natural Food Festival- 2017 & Naturopathy & Yoga Seminar at Janata Maidan in the city here, he said Yoga is a practice to make a balance of body, mind and soul. It is a precious gift from India to the whole world which handed over to us from our ancient yogis. The world recognizes the benefits of yoga as United Nations declares 21st June as World Yoga Day. “It is a great achievement for us. With regular practice of yoga, one tends to become more sensitive to the kind of food his body asks for,” he noted.

“I am happy that this festival is having a seminar on Yoga Naturopathy with demonstrations and explanations. I am sure people will gain more knowledge on yoga, its benefits and will embrace it as a way of life to stay healthy,” the Governor observed.

He further said since health is wealth and it should be the priority before every individual and rightly it has been the priority sector for the government.

“As a society we are now facing significant health problems. People are seen bearing escalating medical costs on treatment to different illnesses. Research shows that these problems are partly related to diet and attribute the diseases to a network of biological dysfunction. And the food we east is a important factor in that dysfunction in part because our diets lack the necessary balance of nutrients. It is said – eat well to live longer, prevent disease and maintain healthy weight. Studies show that good food choices and right combination of food have a positive impact on health and poor diets have negative long-term effects,” Jamir pointed out.

He also said in many medical systems like traditional Indian Medicines, Ayurvedic Medicine or Naturopathy, food has always been an important way to treat illness and maintain health. “Medical science is rediscovering what our ancient seers and sages suggested many centuries ago that nature has the power to heal the body, mind and spirit. Some physicians are even giving their patients nature prescriptions for everything from obesity and high-blood pressure to diabetes. Natural food and Naturopathy are a dynamic approach which is cost effective, non-invasive intervention to assessing, preventing, and treating complex and chronic diseases using nutrition,” he added .

The Governor urged upon on crating awareness among general public, parents, mothers, children and more importantly youth in making their food choices. It is for schools and their management to educate children on which food to avoid and which one to consume.

Prof BTC Murthy, former Director, National Institute of Naturopathy, Prof Radha Mohan, former State Information Commissioner, Dr Neeraja Reddy, Principal, Gandhi Naturopathic Medical College, Telengana and BK Prusty, State Coordinator spoke on the objectives of the festival.

On the occasion, the Governor released two books on Naturopathy .

The festival, organized by National Institute of Naturopathy, Pune, under the Ministry of AYUSH will continue till February 12.