Physical Health Current Affairs - 2020

Khelo India Community Coach Development Programme

On June 2, 2020, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Kiren Rijju inaugurated the India Community Coach Development Programme

Highlights

The India Community Coach Development Programme is a 25-day long programme for community coaches and PE teachers all over the country. The programme has been launched to give more importance to Physical Education in schools. Both the Ministry of HRD and Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports are to work together to take the programme to every school. Besides regular sessions by eminent educationalists in the sports field, international expert will also participate in the programme.

Significance

The Physical Education teachers and community coaches have major role to reach every child, motivate them to participate in fitness and sports activities.

The GoI has also launched several steps to encourage people to take up fitness as their way of life. The Fit India Movement is one such step.

Fit India Movement

The Fit India Movement was launched by PM Modi. The movement highlighted the need to stay healthy amidst the modern lifestyle disorders. It was announced to celebrate the National Sports Day.

Why is the programme important?

  • The WHO says that one in four adults is not active.
  • The Indian Council of Medical Research says that the deaths due to Non-Communicable Diseases are increases. This can be reduced only through physical activities
  • The National Family Health Survey says that 11% of women and 15% of men are hypertensive. Fitness exercises will help improve hypertensive conditions.

Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat Programme launched

The Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) launched ‘Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat’ Programme. It was launched by Union HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar in Kochi, Kerala

The programme is an initiative of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) to prepare a physical Health and Fitness Profile Card for more than 12 lakhs of Kendriya Vidyalaya students.

About Swasth Bachche, Swasth Bharat programme

The programme aims to provide a comprehensive and inclusive report card for children covering all age groups and children of different abilities. Its main objective is to make students, teachers and parents aware about the importance of good health and fitness and encouraging 60 minutes of play each day.

The programme also intends to imbibe values of Olympics and Paralympics amongst students. The objectives are bringing back the childhood amongst children, make recreational games and physical activity an integral part of learning process, motivating potentially outstanding performers in various games and sports of excellence, using technology for analytics and data capture and giving access to schools, parents and teachers.