1st Place Winner, Videos, 12-16 Age Group

Name: Maaya G

Age: 16

Country: United States of America

Personal Statement:

Did you know that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death today? Nearly 71% of all deaths globally are caused by an NCD, which totals to about 41 million people per year. Naturally, you may ask, how can we change this? The short answer is: by targeting the cause. The fault of a majority of NCDs lay in our habits. While the short-term effects of smoking a cigarette, drinking a bottle of alcohol, or eating fast food may seem minuscule, the long-term effects are definitely not. It is too often that I see these “once in a blue moon” choices people make during their youth become lifelong habits. Unhealthy habits, like such, however, lead to an increased risk of contracting an NCD.

We live in an age where art no longer serves as mere decoration but, more importantly, as a statement. I personally believe art, in all its forms, has the potential to impact the world and its views. While a single video might not change everyone’s perspective, it might change a couple. Ultimately, it only takes one person to start a revolution and I'd like to be a part of it. Most people don’t realize the importance of health until they fall ill. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “The first wealth is health.” One’s health is truly a valuable gift. Avoid habits that put it at risk and remember to make the most of today because after all “you can’t recycle wasted time”.