Bishan Swarup Garg

Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences

Dr. Bishan S Garg, MD, Ph.D., is secretary of the Kasturba Health Society, India, and previous dean of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS), India. He is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Community Medicine and the director of the Dr. Sushila Nayar School of Public Health, MGIMS. He is also the director of the WHO Collaborating Center for Research and Training in Community-Based Maternal, Newborn and Child Health. He received the Best Teacher Award from the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, India, in 2005 in recognition of his academic achievements and contributions. He completed numerous fellowships, including a Commonwealth Medical Fellowship at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, UK, a fellowship from the National Academy of Medical Sciences (NAMS), fellowship of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine (IAPSM), fellowship of Indian Public Health Association, and fellowship of Indian Society for Malaria and Other Communicable Diseases. He was also bestowed with the Sir Shriram Memorial Award by NAMS in 2008, a Dhanwantari Oration in 2004, a Dr. Harcharan Singh Oration in 2007 from the IAPSM, and an Indian Epidemiology Association Oration in 2014. He has written four books, five book chapters, and twenty-two monographs on priority public health issues. He has also published more than 180 research papers in international and national journals. He was president of IAPSM in 2002. Dr. Garg has been awarded more than eighty research projects by various funding organizations. He has served as a consultant to WHO, UNICEF, the Department for International Development (DFID), and various other international and national agencies on issues of public health concern.

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This book discusses health promotion, which is an initiative to promote healthy habits and prevent disease. Non-communicable diseases have emerged as an important public health problem in all segments of society and thus health promotion and disease prevention activities are crucial. Clinical and epidemiology studies have provided sufficient evidence about the health benefits of a nutritious diet and regular physical activity. This book includes seven chapters organized into two sections on “Basics of Health Promotion” and “Approaches to Health Promotion”. Chapters address such topics as the benefits of physical activity, projects in health promotion, technological tools in health promotion, social media in health promotion and health policy, and much more.

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