Author: Siddharth Upadhyaya

International Literacy Day: An Informed World is a Better World

8th September was declared as the International Literacy Day by UNESCO on October 26, 1966. It is celebrated to highlight the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies. It is also an opportunity for governments, civil societies and stakeholders to highlight and strive for improvements, and work on the remaining literacy challenges that still exist in the world. While achieving 100% literacy rate is a top priority for Indians, health literacy is also important. Importance of Health Literacy Health literacy is defined as the capacity to gain, process, and implement the basic health information we receive to make...

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Suicide Prevention Day: Reach Out and Listen

World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) is marked as a day of awareness suicide prevention around the world. This day is observed on 10 September every year, to provide global commitment and action to prevent suicides, coupled with awareness drives. There are several stigmas and stereotypes that are still attached to suicide and mental health, making it difficult for people to reach out, especially the ones who are in need. A global study shows that over 800,000 people commit suicide worldwide every year, of these 135,000 (17%) are residents of India, a nation with 17.5% of the world population. Between the...

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How Paw Therapy at Work Can Be the Best Solution to Enhance Productivity

“The best therapist has fur and four paws.” There’s nothing better than a wet nose and a wagging tail to calm your nerves and cure your anxiety – whether or not you’re an animal aficionado. In India, an increasing number of offices are making room for a pet-friendly workplace, signaling a new millennial paradigm in work-life balance. Pet-friendly offices are more than just style statements; they are proving to be priceless antidotes to workplace stressors, presenting potent benefits for both employers and employees. If you’re not entirely convinced about turning your office into a wet-nose, wag-tail wonderland, here are...

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Senior Citizens’ Day: Stay Insured to Stay Happy

Healthcare expenses dip into a significant proportion of household budgets of the elderly, establishing the link between aging and exponential health needs. With the Indian healthcare landscape metamorphosing far slower than the astronomical healthcare expenses it is becoming a burden on an ageing population, especially those without medical-linked savings or health insurance. And owing to the convoluted, un-fragmented nature of the domestic healthcare ecosystem, many senior citizens are having trouble navigating through the medical space and rationing their funds into suitable long-term plans. Insurance plans can play a critical role in hedging risks and minimizing costs for the elderly....

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Crouch Files: Back Pain Triggered by Posture

#bestversionofme Story 1 How often have you found yourself unable to move from back pain, burdened by deadlines, but aching to take a break? When was the last time you could work comfortably for hours without your back turning numb? These questions provide vital clues about the health of your back and spotlight a common problem among the global corporate workforce; that back pain is becoming triggered increasingly due to poor posture. The Intrinsic Link Between Poor Posture and Back Pain The effects of poor posture are compounded over time, with repeated stress on your spine resulting in anatomical...

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