The key to wellness

A decade ago, the percentage of people with non-communicable lifestyle diseases (hypertension, obesity, cardiac issues, diabetes) were about the same as those with communicable diseases. Now, the number has doubled, and it accounts for around 53 per cent of annual deaths in the country, according to a recently-released WHO report.

In light of these alarming statistics, the second edition of the Radiant Wellness Conclave will focus on eight aspects of wellness. Dr. Renuka David, managing director of Radiant Medical Services and co-founder of the conclave, explains, “Although so much information is available on the importance of health in today’s world, sadly, the urban centres are where statistics show a steady decline in wellness. We wanted to create a platform where people could learn how to lead healthy lives, directly from the experts.”

The eight aspects which will be covered include physical, financial, intellectual, environmental, emotional, spiritual, occupational and social wellness. Curated by Kiruba Shankar, the conclave will follow a format similar to the TED talks, where each speaker will speak for 15 minutes only, on their given topic. The list of speakers includes Naseem Jivraj, who will talk on emotional wellness and bringing up children; Gaur Gopal Prabhu, who with his trademark sense of humour, will discuss lifestyle issues; David Kamp on the role of gardens; Babu Krishnamoorthy on financial wellness; Archana Garodia Gupta on social wellness; Everest Twins Nungshi and Tashi Malik on physical wellness and Vir Sanghvi on intellectual wellness.

Chairman and patron of the conclave, Col. David Devasahayam (retd.), will speak on occupational wellness. He says, “It is important that people enjoy the work they do every day. As it is a major part of their life, it affects everything else. And any work, when done with a good intent, will always flourish. Through these talks, we hope to bring awareness on how every aspect of life is intertwined.”

A panel discussion on ‘Unconventional careers in a conventional world’ will feature doctor and IAS officer Dr. Santosh Babu, founder of DakshinaChitra Deborah Thiagarajan, and pilot, Harley Davidson rider and mother, Captain Asha. Actor R. Madhavan will also be in conversation with Dr. Renuka in a session on general wellness.

Post the event, all the talks will be available on their YouTube channel, Radiant Wellness. Dr. Renuka says, “This is not just a one-day event. We want the message to spread continuously to people. They should be able to reach out to us for any advice. Sharing this information will help in that process.”

Last year, Milkha Singh was presented with the Wellness Icon of the Year award; this year, it is being awarded to astronaut Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma (retd.), who was the first Indian to travel in space.

The proceeds of the ticketed event will go towards Radiant Group of Companies’ charity outreach activities, which includes providing around 33 villages a meal a day.

Date and time: August 13, 8 a.m.

Venue: Sir Mutha Venkatasubba Rao Hall, Lady Andal School Campus

Address: 13/1, Harrington Road, Chetpet

Donor passes at Rs. 5000, Rs. 2500 and Rs. 2000

Regular passes at Rs. 1000

Student passes at Rs. 500

Online booking:;

Tel: 84280 00001

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