Prime Minister of India, Shri. Narendra Modiji, launched a nationwide Fit India movement on 29th August 2019, which is also celebrated as National Sports Day, in honour of Olympic Gold Medallist and fine hockey player Mr. Dhyan Chand. The purpose of the movement was to encourage the citizens of India to lead a healthy life by incorporating fitness in their daily regime.
The Fit India initiative comes on the heels of National Health Index report that stated diabetes and hypertension are on the rise and the youth of the nation too is afflicted by the disease. Inorder to make health a priority, Prime Minister Narendra Modiji, also administered a fitness pledge during the campaign.
In Bangalore, The National Sports Day and Fit India Movement was organised by the Department of Youth Welfare and Department of Sports Association with Bangalore University at Vidhan Soudha. The programme was presided over by Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri. B. S. Yedeyurappa, ministers of Karnataka and NSS State Officer
Dr. Gananatha Shetty.
The area in front of the Vidhan Soudha was converted into a mini sports arena. The event was not open to the general public, however, it comprised over 1000 chosen participants from the field of sports and NSS volunteers, who reflected the spirit of the youth of the state. Several sports like boxing, hockey, athletics, velodrome, basketball etc. were played during the event. There was also an artificial climbing wall and hoops. Though the event was not open to the public, the idea was to send a message about the importance of inculcating fitness regime in our everyday lives.
FIT INDIA PLEDGE
I take fitness pledge to remain fit by making outdoor games/exercise/physical activities a part of my daily routine and will make fit India a people’s movement by encouraging my family & neighbours to remain fit.