The University Grants Commission (UGC) has instructed heads/vice-chancellors of all Higher Educational Institutions (HEIs) and their affiliated college to encourage their students and faculties to carry out registration on the FIT INDIA portal. UGC has also instructed the institution's head to upload data associated with the fitness activities conducted at various periods.
The FIT INDIA movement was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Aug 29, 2019, with optimism to make physical fitness an integral part of every citizen's life. The primary goal of the "FIT INDIA" movement is to alter behaviour and encourage people to lead more physically active lives. The "FIT INDIA" portal was developed by the Ministry of Education (MoE) for all to lead physically fit and live mentally, socially, and socially-emotional fit lives.
Furthermore, UGC directed every institution to build a platform where students and citizens can share information and raise awareness about the perks of being fit. The "FIT INDIA" initiative is being carried out to achieve the following objective:
- To promote fitness as an easy and fun activity
- To spread awareness of physical activities
- To encourage indigenous sports
- To create a platform for every citizen and student of every college/institute to share innovative ideas and encourage others by sharing personal fitness stories.
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A study includes more than 100,000 children between the ages of 7 to 17 in 287 schools across over 85 cities in 23 states of India. All age groups displayed an alarmingly low level of fitness. The study involved parameters such as anaerobic exercise capacity, flexibility, lower and upper body strength, and body mass index.
Furthermore, based on the study, slightly more than 40% lacked a healthy BMI and stamina. Experts cited the absence of outdoor games and physical activity as a major contributing factor. Moreover, the study showed that 65% of girls and 59% of boys had healthy BMIs. But in other areas of fitness, girls performed worse than boys.
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