California based Modesto Hindu temple promotes health

Maniben Ratanji gets her blood pressure checked while Sushila Gandi awaits the results with her as members of the Hindu community held their first health faire Sunday (01-19-14) afternoon at the Hindu Temple in Modesto

The Hindu Temple of Modesto held a health fair Sunday that provided basic screening for the area’s Indian and Fijian communities.

People turning out at the Tully Road temple were checked for weight, body mass index, blood pressure, pulse and blood sugar. Those found to have high blood sugar received a glucose meter and other free supplies.

What began as a potluck during Sunday services evolved into a health food contest.

The fair featured a competition for recipes that were easy to make, tasty, high in protein and low in carbohydrates, fat and calories. Each entrant brought a dish large enough for 20 people to taste.

The San Joaquin Valley has a large number of people from India and Fiji, the latter a small Pacific Island that is home to many Indians.

Source: The Modesto Bee