Telangana & Andhra Pradesh's Largest Gathering of Joint Replacement & Orthopaedics Post-Surgery Patients at Star Hospitals Nanakramguda for an Awareness Drive

Telangana & Andhra Pradesh's Largest Gathering of Joint Replacement & Orthopaedics Post-Surgery Patients at Star Hospitals Nanakramguda for an Awareness Drive

(StarOrtho360 team at Star Hospitals also celebrates the successful completion of over 1,000 procedures in a span of 1 year)

Star Hospitals proudly hosted Telangana & Andhra Pradesh’s largest Joint Replacement & Orthopaedics Post-Surgery Patient walkathon – STAR ORTHO360 WALKATHON 2024. This historic event, attended by over 250 orthopaedics post-surgery patients, aimed to raise awareness about the importance of bone and joint health.

The event was flagged off by Mr. Kamineni Srinivas Garu, MLA of the Kaikaluru constituency and former Health Minister of Andhra Pradesh&, alongside Star Superspecialists Dr. Veda Prakash, Dr. ShashiKanth, Dr. PraveenMereddy, and Mr. Bhaskar Reddy, COO. The STAR ORTHO360 WALKATHON carried a powerful message: *“Movement is life… life is movement.”* 
This walkathon also marked a significant milestone for Star Hospitals, celebrating the successful completion of over 1,000 procedures within 16 months of its inception.

Participants of all ages, including patients, healthcare professionals, and fitness enthusiasts, joined the walkathon, demonstrating a strong community spirit and commitment to promoting physical activity. The event highlighted the critical issue of physical inactivity, which affects nearly 50% of Indian adults, according to a recent Lancet study. The study found that 57% of women and 42% of men in India are insufficiently physically active, defined as not performing at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week.

Physical inactivity significantly increases the risk of developing non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and heart disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns that rising levels of inactivity and increasingly sedentary lifestyles are contributing to the global burden of these diseases. If current trends continue, it is projected that by 2030, 60% of adults will not be engaging in sufficient physical activity.

Older adults, aged 60 years and above, are particularly affected by insufficient physical activity. A 2023 study by the Indian Council of Medical Research-India Diabetes (ICMR-INDIAB), published in The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology journal, estimated that 101 million people in India had diabetes in 2021, with 315 million having hypertension. Additionally, 254 million were estimated to have obesity, and 185 million had high levels of LDL or 'bad' cholesterol.

*Dr. Gopichand Mannam*, Managing Director of Star Hospitals Group, emphasized, “Health is an individual responsibility. Each of us must take proactive steps to maintain our well-being, including staying physically active and making healthy lifestyle choices. By doing so, we can prevent many chronic diseases and improve our quality of life. It is essential that we recognize the power we have over our own health and take action accordingly.”

While *Dr. Shashikanth*, Senior Orthopaedic Surgeon at Star Hospitals, remarked, "At STAR ORTHO360, our focus extends beyond merely treating bones and joints. Our comprehensive treatment approach is designed to restore our patients to their normal lives, enabling them to regain their mobility and independence. We aim to provide holistic care that addresses not only the physical aspects but also the overall well-being of our patients."

The STAR ORTHO360 WALKATHON 2024 was a resounding success, reinforcing the importance of physical activity for overall health and well-being. Star Hospitals remain committed to promoting bone and joint health through such initiatives, striving to create a healthier and more active community.