Speaking on the eve on International Women's Day, Dr.Preetha Reddy, Vice Chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Group said that myths about women's health are 'dangerous untruths'. She said that International Women's Day plays an important role in dispelling myths, adding that it ought to be used as a platform to shatter baseless untruths about women. "We have used the platform to shatter baseless untruths like women are not strong, women are less suited to high pressure jobs or that women prefer to be dependent on others. The time has come to shatter some new myths; these are myths about women's health and they are very dangerous untruths." ‘Apollo Hospital Vice Chairperson emphasizes the need to dispel myths about women’s health as women are equally susceptible to lifestyle diseases just like men.’ She said that women are as prone to lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer, as men are. "Heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and cancer are not men's diseases. The fact of matter is that they are just as likely to affect women as men. Lifestyle diseases do not discriminate by sex, they attack whenever indiscipline and sedentary lifestyles leave a chink in the armor - for both men and women. Emancipation, opportunity and recognition, all lose their sheen when health falters. So, get active, exercise regularly, eat right, and make time for health checks. It will transform your life," she added. She said that Women's Day was not just about honoring women achievers, but about honoring the role of women - in the home and in the workforce. Reddy also thanked her father for her upbringing, saying that she was never discriminant for being a girl during her childhood. "This year, the theme of Women's Day is parity- equality of gender, opportunity and dignity. I was fortunate that my father never treated us as girls- we were his children. He didn't give us concessions for being women, instead gave us the opportunity to serve as part of the Apollo workforce," she said. "It's unfortunate that in many parts of the world, discrimination and inequities persist and it is these aspects that prevent nations from realizing the potential of an equitable, peaceful, prosperous world. If we walk the talk on taking a pledge for parity, and take the bold steps to better the lives of women, we will be taking bold steps to better the lives of families and future generations," she added.Source: ANI << Hemophilia B Drug ‘Idelvion’ Receives USFDA Approval Caffeine Consumption is High Among Teenagers >> Recommended Reading Australia, India to Join Hands to Combat Lifestyle Diseases in the Developing World Health experts from Australia and India are set to collaborate on a new research on lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, stroke and cancers. READ MORE Premature Death Due to Lifestyle Diseases Mount to 16 Million Lifestyle-related diseases like diabetes, cancers etc are known to kill about 16 million people prematurely each year, the World Health Organization said Monday. READ MORE International Women’s Day 2011: Women and Wellness On International Women's Day 2011 Dr. Gita Arjun discussed the importance of empowering and encouraging women to pay attention to their health and increasing women's awareness of wellness and fitness. READ MORE International Women’s Day 2016 - "Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality" International Women's Day is on March 8 and is the time to step up for accelerating gender equality by changing attitudes among people. READ MORE Gardening and Horticultural Therapy for the Young and the Old Art of gardening can improve socializing and cognitive skills in children and elderly. As a therapy it benefits all, be it able or disabled, young or old. READ MORE The Better Flour - Refined Or Whole Wheat Flour! Whole wheat flour is rapidly gaining exposure for its rich nutritional value and being considered healthy, as opposed to all-purpose flour, maida. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Daily Calorie Requirements Selfie Addiction Calculator How to Reduce School Bag Weight - Simple Tips More News on: Gardening and Horticultural Therapy for the Young and the OldThe Better Flour - Refined Or Whole Wheat Flour!