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1st Place Winner, Drawings/Art, 17-21 Age Group

Name: Mehak D

Age: 20

Country: India

Personal Statement:

The world health depends on the health of its youth. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and other mental health risks can hinder what could be great prospects for development in all walks of life. Such diseases often are the reason why families are entrenched in poverty due to catastrophic expenditures for treatment.

Art is what makes us human. Awareness among the masses can be achieved by speaking in the language of Art – bringing the youth together to control and prevent the accelerating growth of NCDs. The common goal of art world wide is to communicate with the youth, nurturing them with a sense of belongingness and affiliation goes a long way in building steadfast future.

The process of bringing an artwork to life is a creative one, but art itself can also serve a purpose. It can be used as a way to raise awareness about issues that affect us in our daily lives. It is the force of expressions which bind people from across the world together. A piece of art contains more power that any number of words. It has the power to reach the illiterate and the under-privileged. The visual sensory creates lasting memories. Art, being a social culture, can be utilized to support the social concerns associated with NCDs.­­­

NCD prevention is a choice; the youth today has fallen prey to a number of risk factors. Four particular behaviors (tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, and the harmful use of alcohol) lead to four key metabolic/physiological changes (raised blood pressure, overweight/obesity, raised blood glucose and raised cholesterol).

We often come across posters promoting physical activity, moral values and effects of alcohol and drug abuse. Not only does art help with spreading awareness about how we can cease such hazardous habits, it also helps in restoring the health of NCD and mental health patients.

Painting and sculpting help NCD patients. Art appreciation improves resilience to patients suffering from chronic health issues. Studies have shown that expressing themselves through art can help people with depression, anxiety, or cancer; doing so has been linked to improved memory, reasoning, and resilience in healthy older people.

Art competitions such as the NCD Child Global Art Contest can go a long way in sensitizing the world to such diseases. This global concern has given us the goal to prevent NCDs; healthcare for all is the need of this hour.