Habits acquired during youth set the stage for a healthy and productive adulthood. Most school going children are presumed to be healthy but, as per WHO, an estimated 2.6 million young people aged 10 to 24 years die each year and a much greater number of young people suffer from illnesses that hinder their ability to grow and develop to their full potential. Nearly two-thirds of premature deaths and one-third of the total disease burden in adults are associated with conditions or behaviours initiated in their youth that include tobacco use, physical inactivity, high risk sexual behaviours, injury, violence and others.
Motivating children and youngsters to develop lifestyle habits will help them support their good health for years to come. Our emphasis is to work with parents, children and educational institutions to promote health & wellness resources beyond disease & injury prevention. It is important to form a daily routine that focuses on eating nutritious foods, doing regular physical activity, and getting adequate sleep.