LAUNCH OF FIT INDIA MOVEMENT
“True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.”
Every year National Sports Day is observed on 29 August across India. The Day, also known as Rashtriya Khel Divas, marks the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, the legendary hockey player who was born on August 29 in the year 1905. The Day is observed every year to spread awareness about the importance of sports and games in the life of every individual. On the occasion of Sports Day, the President of India confers the National Sports Awards, National Adventure Awards and other awards including Arjuna and Khel Ratna to celebrate the exceptional achievements of Indian athletes. The Union Government proclaimed 29 August as the country’s National Sports Day in 2012 to commemorate Major Dhyan Chand and his achievements in the field of sports.
The Government considers that people should involve sports and fitness-related activities in their daily routine for a better and healthier life. Our respected Prime Minister is a well known supporter of Yoga and has in the past attributed his fitness to regular yoga and breathing exercises. He encourages people to be inspired by the Panchtatvas or 5 elements of nature as he refreshes and rejuvenates himself from it.
To honour the spectacular acheivements of Major Dhyan Chand as well as encourage citizens to inculcate a culture of fitness, today our revered Prime Minister launched the FIT INDIA MOVEMENT. The campaign is supported by several national sports icons including World Badminton champion PV Sindhu, sprinter Hima Das along with celebrated wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik.
K.R. Mangalam World School Faridabad organised a live telacast of the program launch for its students from the pre nursery grades till grade VIII and staff. Necessary arrangements were made the day before to facilitate the process.The students watched the telecast with rapt attention. The traditional games and sports displayed in the cultural event left an indelible impression in the young minds. The martial arts of ancient India, Kalaripayattu and Malkhamb mesmerized the young leaners. Prime Minister’s reference to the thought that ‘there is no elevator to success, you have to take the steps” underlined the importance of physical fitness for the entire nation,specially the young generation. He insisted that this movement becomes a “ people’s movement” rather than a movement of the ministry. The students understood that fitness should be one of the prime paraments for every family’s development index. The students recognised the importance of physical activity in their lives and pledged to chart out a fitness plan as part of their daily routine.