Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare recently met Kiren Rijiju, MoS (I/c) Youth Affairs and Sports for charting the convergent actions of the two Ministries for greater visibility and synergy towards popularising fitness in the country in various age groups.
He stated, “In a significant move, it has been decided that there shall be convergence of activities of the Ministries of Health & Family Welfare, and Youth Affairs and Sports for giving thrust to the national ‘Fit India’ movement, that was launched by Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji earlier this year to encourage people to remain healthy and fit by including physical activities and sports in their daily lives.”
The thrust for popularising Fit India movement shall now see convergence of activities of both the Ministries, as the goal of this national movement is to encourage people towards positive, preventive and promotive health and wellness, Dr Harsh Vardhan stated.
This becomes all the more significant as world over the burden of non-communicable disease is growing due to our changing patter of lifestyle.
“Fitness forms an integral part of wellness, and with this in view we have already included various activities such as yoga, meditation, daily physical activities, jumba etc., in the Ayushman Bharat Health & Wellness centres (HWCs) across the country. Encouraging people to adopt healthy lifestyle with healthy eating habits has been one of the primary focus of the Health Ministry, he said.
“We have launched the ‘Eat Right India’ initiative of FSSAI which has seen various promotional activities being rolled out, including the ongoing Eat Right Mela at Jawaharlal Nehra Stadium”, he added.
FSSAI is also creating awareness about trans-fats in processed foods.
Preeti Sudan, Secretary, Health & Family Welfare; Radheyshyam Julaniya, Sports Secretary; Pawan Agarwal, CEO (FSSAI) and senior officers of the Health Ministry were also present during the meeting.