January 9, 2018
Actor Sivakarthikeyan on Tuesday urged school children not to tease kids with obesity, instead help them lead a healthy life.
The actor, who was in the city to launch COPS project at VOC Grounds, advised children not to consume junk food and aerated drinks. “I gave up cool drinks eight years ago. In fact, I even refused to endorse a popular brand,” he said.
The actor administered an oath to more than 5000 students.
Jointly organised by Young Indians and Gem Hospital, COPS – Childhood Obesity Prevention Schools – is aimed at creating a healthier younger generation. It would cover all schools in the district and measure obesity level in the children and provide treatment to those who require it. The project would be supported by by Arc Foundation and Coimbatore Corporation.
Dr. Praveen Raj, Head of Department of Bariatric Surgery, Gem Hospital said the project would cover all the schools in the district in the next two years. “One out of five kids is obese today. The project is very timely,” he said.
Corporation Commissioner Dr. VIjayakarthikeyan said the Corporation was giving more importance to develop parks as “many students complained that they do not have enough place to play”. “Children should lead a healthy life style and exercise regularly,” he said.
‘Unsung Heroes’, a calendar by Career Zone was also launched on the occasion.