Meet the Swasthi Family
The Swasthis are a typical Indian middle-class family, with one earning member. Rising costs have made life difficult in recent years, but the family prioritises education for the children and has also recently started trying to focus on their health.
Mr BuddhiPrakash Swasthiworks through the week at a government department. He is a hard-working man and tries, along with his homemaker wife Sampoorna, to give their children --Aerobica and Pausthik - a good life. B.P., Buddhi Prakash's rather apt nick name (for he is very conscious of his health and that of his family's) considers himself lucky that not only does his wife share his vision for making their children healthy, well-educated and aware citizens of India, but that Aerobica and Paushtik too are quite motivated about staying healthy and happy.
BP, some years ago, was diagnosed with high blood pressure. Fortunately, it was borderline and small changes in lifestyle (a daily walk with his wife after the kids go off to school, and saying no to fried savouries/namkeen) have made an enormous difference.
Sampoorna keeps a tight lease on the finances and sees to it that the family gets the best. She strongly believes that 'Health is Wealth' and has been a strong advocate of a holistic lifestyle witha healthy diet with proper physical activity. She is of the opinion that the best way to optimise her monthly family budget is to cut down on unhealthy junk food and avoid medical bills. She loves to read up on health issues and keeps herself updated about the latest on health and nutrition.
Aerobicais in her pre-teens at twelve and a fitness freak. She has just begun playing basketballin schooland is also into aerobics as she loves music and thinks that music and exercise is an unbeatable combination. With ample encouragement and guidance from her doting mother Sampoorna, she finds time to follow her fitness routine and sports activities, sometimes compromising on her studies and school work.
Paushtik, Aerobica'sten year old brother, is a foodie. It is interesting (perhaps because of the general atmosphere at home) young Paushtik has developed a taste for healthy food.
The Swasthis, for all the right reasons, are the mascots of Healthy India. Here is a family that recognises how health promoting habits can not only make you feel better and be healthier, they can also contribute to the household economy by minimising sickness. Join this family on a health-seeking journey and feel free to use their tips and stories for a healthier, happier life.
Follow BP, Sampoorna, Aerobica and Paushtikon Healthy India.
The names of the Swasthi Family werechosen through an online contest conducted by Healthy India in 2009.