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FMMC holding a weeklong wellness drive for school children

FMMC holding a weeklong wellness drive for school children
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Mangaluru: Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for future”. On account of World Physiotherapy Day which is celebrated on September 8, the Department of Physiotherapy Father Muller Medical College, in association with Mangalore Round Table 115 and Mangalore Ladies Circle 82 is organising a wellness drive for our school children titled “At Work, At Play, Let Good Posture Lead the Way”.

The inaugural programme of this drive was held at St Theresa’s School, Bendoor, Mangalore on September 1 at 10:30am. This was be graced by Rev. Fr Richard Aloysius Coelho, Director, FMCI; Chief Guest, Rev. Sr Shaila, Correspondent, St Theresa’s School; Dr. Antony Sylvan Dsouza, Dean, FMMC; Prof. Cherishma D’Silva, Head & Course Coordinator, Dept of Physiotherapy; Sr Lourdes, Principal, St Theresa’s School, FMMC; Nandita Pais, Area 13 Chairperson Ladies Circle India; Haron Fernandes, Chairman, Mangalore Round Table and Monisha Lobo, Chairperson, Mangalore Ladies Circle. Sr Lourdes Principal of the school welcomed and introduced all the dignitaries on the dais with the floral sapling.

The chief guest, Rev. Sr Shaila in her address spoke about Father Muller Charitable Institutions and Department of Physiotherapy and she thanked the physiotherapy department Mangalore Round table and Ladies circle for organising this drive which would be very helpful for the school kids to lead a healthy lifestyle. She also thanked the hospital for rendering their tireless services for the welfare of people.

Rev Fr Richard Coelho in his presidential address interacted  with the children and shared the importance of chance and change . He also thanked the school for giving us the opportunity to have this inaugural program. The vote of thanks was delivered by Master Cahill, Head boy of Junior Cabinet and Miss Kaitlyn, students of St Theresa’s School.

This wellness drive commenced from September 1 to September 8, 2022 and will comprise of sessions taken in about 20 government and private schools in and around Mangalore for children from 3rd to 10th grade. The sole agenda of the drive is be to create awareness among school going children about correct posture, healthy eating habits and the importance of physical activities. The sessions will be both in Kannada and English. The speakers will be the faculty of the Department of Physiotherapy and a role play at the beginning of every session will be showcased by the final year BPT students, FMMC.

Being physically active can improve your brain health, help manage weight, reduce the risk of disease, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve your ability to do everyday activities.

Children are the future of our country and it is our responsibility to ensure their nourishment and physical health. The importance of physical activity should be emphasized among school-going children to build strength, coordination, confidence, and to lay the groundwork for a healthy lifestyle.

Mangalore Round Table 115 and Mangalore Ladies Circle 82 are international organisations that work towards the welfare of the children in India and worldwide.Hence, The Department of Physiotherapy, Father Muller Medical College in association with the Mangalore Round Table 115 and Mangalore Ladies Circle 82 is organising this wellness drive to commemorate of World Physiotherapy Day 2022.

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