With an aim to promote an active lifestyle and physical and emotional well-being, Sewa International volunteers in Atlanta, Houston, and the Bay Area, California greeted the New Year by walking five miles and making a decision to stay fit and healthy.
Organized as part of Sewa’s Know Your Healthy Self initiative, this event encouraged attendees to walk, run, or practice yoga wherever they were, with no time or location restrictions. On Saturday January 2nd, over 150 people attended the event.
Sewa International President Arun Kankani encouraged the Sewa families to be positive and work continuously for the health of themselves and others by encouraging each other to exercise. He tried to pull the curtain on 2020 – a year that was challenging and stressful.
Four elements of the SELF
Kankani participated in the walkathon in a park near Sewa’s Houston office, emphasizing the four elements of Sewa’s SELF program – S.leep, E.exercise, L.live in the present, and F.Food and nutrition. Approximately 50 people attended the event at the venue and 20 people participated virtually.
In the Bay Area, given the COVID-19 situation, the walk became virtual and 50 people took part. They went to their neighborhood for two weekends and reported their status online. Guruprasad, coordinator of the Sewa Bay Area chapter, said the first 50 registrants of the event would receive Sewa t-shirts in the mail.
In the Atlanta program at Rock Mill Park in Alpharetta, GA, Dr. Prasad Garimella, an expert in pulmonary and intensive care medicine, how sleep, exercise, living in the present and eating (YOURSELF) help optimize our mind and body for longevity. Using an analogy to “car and brake”, he explained how these elements are the four pillars of a healthy lifestyle.
More than 50 people attended the Atlanta event that started with Surya Namaskar (Sun Greetings), a popular series of yoga postures that provide the body with a well-rounded movement. They later all enjoyed a five-mile walk on a sunny afternoon.
Sewa International’s Atlanta chapter kicked off the SELF program last November with the organization of a webinar entitled “Find your newSELF: The Transformative Power of Training” by triathlon trainer and clinical psychologist Dr. Harvey Gayer.
Sewa InternationalThe company is a leading Indian-American nonprofit organization based in the Hindu faith and has extensive experience in disaster rescue, relief and rehabilitation. It has responded to 24 disasters in the US and abroad. In 2017, after Hurricane Harvey hit the Houston area, Sewa volunteers helped rescue nearly 700 people and have since supported thousands of affected families through their case management service. Sewa raised over $ 3 million to help restore Hurricane Harvey. Sewa continues to remodel houses and greenhouses that serve as livelihoods. Sewa International has also brought relief after Hurricane Maria in 2018 and Hurricane Imelda in 2019. Sewa teams in the San Francisco Bay Area continue to build and donate tiny homes for the homeless in the November 2018 California campfire.
Sewa International was among others by Charity Navigator – the leading non-profit rating agency – as number five among the “10 highly rated charities that rely on private contributions. “Sewa has continuously received the best rated 4-star award from Charity Navigator for the past three years and achieved perfect results for it Financial health and Accountability and Transparency.
More information about Sewa International and its activities can be found at http://www.sewausa.org. For more information on Sewa International’s efforts to serve communities nationwide during the COVID-19 crisis, please visit https://sewausa.org/covid-19.
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