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Miss USA Nina Davuluri to attend AAPI meet

Washington, May 6 (IANS) Nina Davuluri, the first Indian American to be crowned Miss USA, will lead the women’s forum session and the “Be Fit Be Cool’ walkathon at the 32nd annual convention of Indian-origin physicians.

Over 2,000 physicians and their families are expected to attend the annual convention of the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI), the largest ethnic association of physicians in the US, from June 25 to 29 in San Antonio, Texas.

The convention will deliberate on ways to enhance their own professional growth and identify ways to network and stay united and offer a unified voice to protect their rights as well as explore possibilities to give back to the society, said AAPI president Jayesh Shah.

Childhood obesity Awareness Campaign, a pioneering preventive health initiative of AAPI in collaboration with local chapters across several states, was launched in San Antonio by the Texas Indo-American Physicians Society (TIPS) South West Chapter.

The obesity prevention initiative is one of the top priorities for AAPI, Shah stated.

“The Be Fit. Be Cool campaign aims to involve at least two elementary schools in each state to launch the educational programme for youth to adopt simple easy to follow tips to eat more vegetables and fruits, engage in at least one hour of daily physical activity, limit recreational screen time and eliminate sugary drinks,” he added.

“Many of the physicians who will attend this convention have excelled in different specialties and sub-specialties and occupy high positions as faculty members of medical schools, heads of departments, and executives of hospital staff,” said AAPI vice president Seema Jain.

“The AAPI Convention offers an opportunity to meet directly with these physicians who are leaders in their fields and play an integral part in the decision-making process regarding new products and services,” she said.

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