Philanthropist of Healthy Living
A new-age entrepreneur and editor of a wellness magazine, Upasana Kamineni dons many hats. The granddaughter of Dr Pratap C Reddy, chairman and co-founder of Apollo Hospitals and a doyen in the philanthropy, healthcare and wellness industry, Kamineni has grown up in an atmosphere that marries business and wellness, and has inherited a keen interest in both sectors. The young and dynamic businesswoman aims to offer ambulatory care and spa services under one roof at Apollo Care to make life easier for corporates. She is also working with an institute in the United States to increase the energy levels of people in corporate India. “I see that people of my generation are very focused and driven towards chasing their dreams and in the gamble compromise on their health. What I take away from this is that if people don’t come to you for their healthcare requirements, you need to go to them and remind them of it and encourage them to take ownership,” reveals the 25-year-old.
Currently Kamineni handles multiple portfolios of vice-president of Apollo Philanthropy, director of Apollo Wellness and chief editor of B Positive magazine. Inspired by her grandfather’s charitable work, she believes in giving back to the society and has taken up several causes such as SACH (Save a Child’s Heart) Foundation, Society to aid the Hearing Impaired (SAHI) and CURE—to create awareness on cervical cancer. She continuously strives to lay emphasis on preventive healthcare. “Wellness is more than just the absence of a disease. We often chose to consult a doctor only if we have developed an illness or show symptoms of it. If we take ownership and responsibility for our own health, we will soon realise the importance of preventive healthcare. If we are healthy, it will allow us more energy and time to do what we love doing the most,” she quips, philosophically.
With a change in times, Kamineni, who is also the chairman of Apollo Life, the wellness and fitness arm of Apollo Hospitals, is always open towards exploring new trends in health and fitness. Kamineni’s parents Anil and Shobana Kamineni are also industry leaders in infrastructure, leisure and healthcare and have had a significant impact on her foray into the wellness sector. “When you are born into a family who are connoisseurs of health and wellness, it’s almost impossible for you to not be influenced. I am completely driven by my grandfather’s vision,” she expresses passionately.
Despite being skin-deep in the health care sector, she confesses that she was never really a fitness freak. “When I was young I was quite a chubby kid and the peer pressure that followed really made me take up some serious steps towards bettering my own health. Once you practice it sincerely, you begin to reap its benefits and it’s difficult to get back to your old ways. I’m not a fitness freak but I’m always game to try out new workouts and diets. I look forward to new things every day,” she says determinedly.
Kamineni was thrown into the limelight, thanks to her much-hyped high profile wedding with popular Telugu actor Ram Charan Teja. When asked if she helps him stay fit, she replies, “It’s the other way round. He plays an instrumental role in keeping me fit. Ram likes to stay fit and healthy the natural way. His food habits are set by his grandmother and he believes in wholistic living.”
Apart from her entrepreneurial work, she reveals that exploring the journalist inside her has given her tremendous joy as a magazine editor. “What thrills me is the challenge to deal with an audience who have an attention span of less than seven minutes and engage them in an effective yet interesting way on a serious topic such as health,” Kamineni points out.
When it comes to her own fitness mantra, she makes sure to keep a gap of 14-16 hours after her last meal and before the first meal of the day. Even as she strives to promote and popularise health and fitness, she remains open to trying different types of fitness routines, like yoga, pilates and barres, among others. “I like to try new techniques of fitness training and I look forward to a change sometimes even on a daily basis. This also keeps my trainers on their toes,” she adds, with a smile.
“As reported on http://www.newindianexpress.com/lifestyle/health/Philanthropist-of-Healthy-Living/2015/02/14/article2665616.ece”