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Karnataka agri dept promotes health with millets & organises Smart Run
Tuesday, 09 January, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Bengaluru
The department of agriculture, government of Karnataka, is now working to increase the consumption of millets, regarded as a wonder crop that spurs good healthy living. To promote the consumption of smart foods like organics and millets, it organised a Smart Run in Bengaluru, which witnessed the participation of over 32,500 people.

The event was a run-up to the International Organic and Millet Trade Fair 2018, a three-day event slated to be held between January 19 and 21. Nutritionist and fitness instructor Nikita Suresh and her team led a 10-minute zumba warm-up session.

It was followed by the flag-off ceremony by Karnataka agriculture minister Krishna Byre Gowda; Bengaluru mayor D J Halli Sampath Raj; Dr C N Manjunath, director, Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research; Suneel Kumar, commissioner, Bengaluru Police, and G Satish, commissioner for agriculture, Karnataka.

“Let us have a smart beginning to the year with the Smart run. We have had various marathons and other health activities, as we are here to run for a cause, to run for the farmers, and for our health. We need to eat smart, live smart and adopt active lifestyles, hence a Smart Run to promote smart foods,” said Gowda.

Millets are now gaining popularity as a healthy alternative to rice, due to their higher protein fibre, iron, calcium, micro-nutrient content and reduced levels of starch. These traditional cereals and grains, in addition to being paired with nutrients, also have multiple health benefits, especially for diabetics.

A study, undertaken by M V Hospital for Diabetes, found that replacing rice-based dosas with ones made of foxtail millets or Navane can significantly bring down sugar levels in those suffering from Type-2 diabetes.

“In olden days, children used to bring parents for treatment, but now the role has reversed. Parents are bringing their middle-aged children for treatment. It is high time we change our food intake, considering the lifestyles we lead,” said Dr Manjunath.

Talking about the #SmartRun, Satish said that the aim was to ensure social awareness through this campaign and to bridge the gap between farmers, traders and consumers.

The health benefits of organic produce and millets in the current phase of development and lifestyle change are immense. They are the best food for a healthy lifestyle.

There were various breakfast stalls sponsored by Soulful and MTR where the runners got their free millet treats.
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