To explore and highlight the significant role of wellbeing to not only save lives but also empower people to live their best lives, and to move the discussion away from disease burden towards, sustainable behavioral change and healthy longevity, the center of health and well being (chwb) in collaboration with office of research, innovation, and commercialization of the university of karachi organized its very first wellbeing symposium at the arts auditorium on wednesday.

The director of psychological health and strategy, chwb professor dr farah iqbal welcomes the participants by emphasizing the significant role of the wellbeing symposium which aims to bring together academia, trades, communities, and individuals for necessary discussion on wellbeing during the global crisis.

She highlighted that the focus on wellbeing can facilitate us to navigate uncertainty and can explore agents of hope. Later, director of physiological health and trainings chwb dr sadaf ahmed introduced the center for health and wellbeing and presented the goals, programs, and prospects of chwb.

The vice chancellor university of karachi professor dr khalid mahmood iraqi addressed the audience on the importance of bringing together health experts and practitioners in higher education to assess the urgent need for more effective partnerships.

The ku vc professor dr khalid iraqi, who is also the patron chwb, said that we have to be deep-seated and creative in looking for solutions, including in how we partner with staff and students, with our local communities and cities, and partnering across corporate and government sectors.

The university of karachi has always stood in front rows and is known for its extensive contribution in research and paving new paths. We, at university of karachi, have made this dictum our motto and our way of life in every single activity on the campus, from research, development, and scientific collaborations, that are the mainstay of our programs, and now taking another step forward toward the mental health of our students and staff.

He mentioned that now we have a full-time developed institute at the campus named the centre of health and well being to help students and employees. This institute is inclusive of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, adopted by all united nations member states shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.

Meanwhile, professor dr syed a. Aziz from the university of ottawa and health canada delivered the plenary talk on heredity and variation, inherited genes that play a role in our well-being or ill-being.

Later, a panel session was followed on wellbeing: a matter of health, happiness or social change? ” moderated by dr faizan mirza of ku department of physiology. The panel was equipped by professor dr iqbal afridi from jinnah postgraduate medical centre, dr syed a aziz, university of ottawa, canada, dr farah iqbal, dr asma makhani from aga khan university hospital, dr farah essa abdullah of essa laboratory, dr imran yousuf from transformation, dr aatir rajput from luhms jamshoro and dr fahad laasi dadabhoy institute of higher education.

Following the panel discussion, there was a poster presentation session for young researchers, including more than 30 research and thematic posters. The event was enlightened by a session including thematic talks by the speakers. Dr imran yousuf from transformation delivered a talk on how to be successful? Which was followed by dr aatir rajput talk on are we un-well? Lets find out!.

Dr fahad laasi delivered the talk on the association of body mass index with skinfold measurement as an indicator of obesity; a gender-based study.

The last presentation was delivered on the universal approach to happiness by professor salman raja from seeking reality channel. The event was concluded by dean faculty of arts and social sciences professor dr nusrat idress, who said that the one day symposium aimed to bring all the issues, concerned with occupational, psychological, physical, intellectual, and spiritual well-being of individuals to one platform and be heard by healthcare and intellectual experts.

The director chwb professor dr tanveer abass concluded the session by mentioning that sessions like this will help build stronger and stable communities with productive members and constructive minds. He said after the pandemic situation community health and wellbeing should be the priority and this seminar is the first leap towards it.

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Arsalan Haider is a reporter at Academia Mag and has worked with leading national dailies and news channels. He tweets @arsalanhaider14

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