OFI organised its first ever obesity awareness walkathon in December 2009. Encouraged by the overwhelming support of more than 7000 registered participants, the foundation conducted its Second walkathon on the 26th of February, 2011 at the Chennai Marina beach. “Shaping India” is a concept to raise awareness about the perils of obesity particularly among the younger generation. More than 100 teaching and corporate institutions have been invited along with the general public.
The 4.5 km “Shaping India” walkathon was flagged off at Chennai Light house by Ms. Kanimozhi, Member of Parliament along with matinee idol Actor Suriya in the presence of cricketer L. Balaji and Actress Pooja. The walkathon concluded with presentation of trophies to the best participating school and colleges by the dignitaries.
Whilst there are various treatments options available to tackle obesity related health problems, Dr.Ravindran Kumeran the founder’s vision is to prevent this major health hazard through such campaigns having a mass reach. The walkathon which has become an annual event in Chennai would spread across to more cities in the forthcoming years to become a nationwide movement in future he said