Thursday, September 26, 2002, Chandigarh, India


L U D H I A N A   S T O R I E S


To avoid disease, change eating habits

TO avoid disease, change your eating style. How you eat — your particular eating style — can play a key role in determining how much you eat, as well. Once you’ve identified your basic eating style, you’ve taken the first step towards changing it. Here are some possibles ways:

* Gulpers and absent minded eaters should pay attention to what they’re eating to fully enjoy the food. If you are a gulper, you swallow lots of air, which can lead to indigestion. And, like the absent-minded eater, you’re apt to lose track of what you’ve eaten.

* Impulsive eaters should be a bit more disciplined about eating a balanced diet, Try counting till five when the urge to eat strikes and then ask yourself if you really want those extra calories. You eat whenever the mood strikes. When you pass a chat pakori, pav bhaji or fast food joint, you feel compelled to stop and snack. If you are vigilant and compensate for extra calories by eating less, you may not gain weight, but you may suffer nutritionally.

* Dieters need to be less rigid and give themselves permission to indulge once in a while in order to avoid the urge to binge. You should also try to get in touch with your natural hunger signals — eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full. You are great at counting calories and keeping portions to a minimum. But you can be “good” only so long; after a while you feel so restricted you eat in an out of control way.

* Furious, fast and competitive eaters should force themselves to slow down. A standard strategy that also helps weight loss is putting down you cutlery between bites. When sharing meals with others, you’ve learned to grab as much as possible when the plate is passed around. Frightened of not getting enough, you go overboard.

* Plate cleaners should try to use portion control whenever possible: make enough food for only one helping and buy items in single-serving sizes. Plate cleaners should also get in habit of leaving some food on the plate. Your will-power will be tested in restaurants and at buffet functions. Your mother told you “waste not, want not,” so you clean your plate without considering whether you are still hungry. Unless you are consistently served micro portions, you can not help gaining weight.

* A very noisy environment can stimulate your appetite by speeding up your metabolism and generating anxiety. Use the lowest-fat product possible. Stick with the fat consumption called for on this plan; do not add extra butter, and salad dressing. The most important and influential factor, though, is within you: your willingness to recognise and adjust you eating style.

Dr Anil Dheer



Seminar on combating stress
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 25
Krishak Bharti Cooperative Limited (KRIBHCO), India’s premier cooperative engaged in the production and distribution of chemical fertilisers, organised a seminar here yesterday for the field officers of Markfed on “how to manage stress”.

The seminar was presided over by the Technical Officer in the district office of Markfed, Mr Harmohinder Singh. Speaking on the occasion, Mr B.S. Brar, Senior Area Manager of KRIBHCO, said KRIBHCO had earned Rs 248.33 crore pre-tax profit for 2001-02. The reserves of the society had gone up to Rs 1,590 crore and a dividend of 20 per cent was proposed to be paid to the shareholders.

Renowned ayurveda physician Vaidya Shiromani Dr R Vatsyayan delivered a lecture on ‘Stress in life and remedies through ayurveda’. He elaborated on different types of stress, symptoms, reasons and remedies, while discussing the use of various herbs in curing stress and impressing upon the need to take ayurvedic medicines under the supervision of a doctor.

Citing example of different types of stress in everyday life like talking too fast, yawning, nail biting, increased absenteeism, he focussed on the after effects of stress like heart disease, hypertension, anxiety, depression, obesity, alcoholism, arthritis, gastroenteritis skin and host of immune system disorders.

Participants raised queries regarding how to decrease everyday tension and an absorbing interaction ensued. Mr V.K. Sharma, Senior Assistant Manager (Marketing), presented a formal vote of thanks.



Burn drugs instead of Ravana’s effigy’
Our correspondent

Ludhiana, September 25
The International Medical Helpline and Anti-Drug Society has proposed that harmful drugs and narcotics should be burnt on Dasehra instead of effigies of Ravana,Kumbhkarana and Meghnad.

This proposal was made by the organisation at a mela organised near Barnala. Samaj Sewa Singh Kirpal Bhadur Social Club and Vakht Garh Nayaya Panchayat had also pitched in.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Jagdev Singh Jassowal,writer, said the menace of drug addiction was like a whirlwind taking in its fold thousands of youngsters.

He urged all political, social, religious and educational organisations to fight the menace of drug addiction tooth and nail.

The speakers on the occasion urged everyone to take a pledge to burn drugs on Dasehra.

The burning of Ravana's effigy symbolises triumph of good over evil. Similarly, the burning of drugs would symbolise the eradication of drugs and a drug-free youth. A de-addiction camp was organised on the occasion.

A cultural programme was held with the message that drugs thrill but kill.



DMCH to organise genetics conference 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 25
With the latest advances and unravelling of the mystery of human genome, genetics is the latest buzzword in the field of medicine and a lot of emphasis is being laid on the genetic aspect of the disease. Keeping in view this development, the Anatomy Department of Dayanand Medical College and Hospital will organise a CME in ‘‘Clinical Anatomy- An update in Genetics’’ on September 29 at Dumra Auditorium.

‘‘The conference aims to update the knowledge of doctors and medical students regarding the recent advances in this field,’’ informed Dr Veena Sood, Chairperson of the conference and Head of the Anatomy Department DMCH.

‘‘Dr I. C. Verma (Sri Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi) and Dr Kiran Kucheria (AIIMS New Delhi), both internationally renowned workers in the field of genetics, will also attend the conference.

They will also be speaking on the subjects, ‘‘Anatomy of Human Genome-From Bench to Bed Side’’ and ‘‘Human Genetics and Emerging Areas of Clinical practice’’, told Dr Poonam Singh, organising secretary of the conference.

Dr Swarna Bhardwaj, WHO Nominee NBE, New Delhi, will stress the ‘‘Role of Genetics in Medical Curriculum’’. Dr R.J Singh, Head of Paediatric Surgery, DMCH, will be discussing the surgical aspect of common congenital anomalies seen in this part of the country. Dr Daljit Singh, Head of Paediatrics Department, DMCH, will speak on ‘‘Applied Genetics in Paediatric Surgery’’. The conference will conclude with a panel discussion on the aspects of setting up a genetic laboratory.



30,000 students given tips on oral hygiene
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, September 25
The Indian Dental Association (IDA) in collaboration with Colgate Palmolive, under their National Oral Health Programme 'Bright Smiles- Bright Futures' claimed to have covered more than 30, 000 schoolchildren in the district.

Dr T.P.Singh, president of the local branch of IDA, said in a press note that dental experts had educated the schoolchildren regarding the selection of toothbrush, scientific way of removing plaque and the right kind of diet to be taken.

The team of experts included Dr Rajan Jairath, Dr Sanjeev Bhagat, Dr Vikas Jindal, Dr Ajay Chabra, Dr Rajanbir Singh and Dr (Ms) Gurinder Thind and Dr Bhushan Jain, who visited various schools and removed various myths and misconceptions from the minds of schoolchildren and teachers about various dental ailments, their causes, treatment and prevention with the help of slide projectors, charts and other audio-visual aids.

Dr T.P Singh said each child was given a toothbrush, toothpaste, a booklet and a brushing chart.



Stage set for volleyball meet finals
Our Sports Reporter

Ludhiana, September 25
Khalsa Club prevailed over Khalsa College for Women, Sudhar 25-10, 25-12 and 25-14 while Khalsa College for Women, Ludhiana, drubbed GNG College, Ludhiana, 25-5, 25-8 and 25-4 to set up the title clash in the final of the 35th Ludhiana District Volleyball Championship which began at the S D Government College for Boys here today.

In the junior section (boys), Government Senior Secondary School, Bhaini Bharingan, overcame a stiff challenge from Bhartiya Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School, Udham Singh Nagar, Ludhiana, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-23 to enter the final. In the second semi final, Government Senior Secondary School, Meharna Kalan, got the better of Government Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana, 25-22, 25-19 and 25-20 to secure their place in the final.

In the girls’ section, Government High School, Jollan, beat Government Senior Secondary School, Bilaspur, 25-15, 25-15 and 25-18 and Government Senior Secondary School, Bhaini Bhringan, outclassed Government Senior Secondary School, Bilaspur, 25-18, 25-14 and 25-16 to storm into the final.

Earlier, Mr Harpal Singh Kanwar, District Sports Officer, Ludhiana, inaugurated the championship in which 27 teams are taking part.



50 teams to take part in TT matches

Ludhiana, September 25
More than 50 teams from Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir will participate in the VI CBSE Table Tennis Cluster XII Championship from October 17 to 20 to be held at Alpine International Senior Secondary School, Ludhiana.

Mr Rajesh Chhabra, Principal Secretary, Punjab, and president of the Punjab T.T. Association, shall preside over the opening ceremony.

According to the Principal, Mrs Rajeshwari Dhir, the players will compete in three different events of boys and girls. They will compete in individual as well as team events under the categories u-14, u-16, u-19.


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