Schools Should Be Fitness Conscious. Debate

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Schools Should Be Fitness Conscious. Debate

In a recent directive, the University Grants Commission (UGC) asked universities to gather health-related data from students. The notice comes amid reports that India is the third most obese country in the world. Times NIE spoke to teachers on what their schools are doing to keep child obesity at bay...

We stress on physical activities: Our school conducts a lot of physical activities, aerobics exercises and PEC activities for primary school students.  Regular counselling by health consultants is carried out for  students. 

Mukul Jha, principal, GD Salwan Public School, Delhi


Conduct awareness camps: We conduct awareness camps, invite doctors and people from the medical fraternity to advise children about the importance of following a healthy lifestyle. 

Padmaja Limaye, teacher, Fr Agnel’s School, Vashi, Navi Mumbai


Regular health check-ups: We organise health/weight check-ups by a hospital on a regular basis. We target the few students who are obese and give them a remedial solution, by involving parents.  

Anupama Vinod, teacher, Sadhu Vaswani Intl school, Pune

Exclusive health and hygiene club: Our school has a health and hygiene club which comprises students from class I onwards.  Every day,  5 to 10 minutes are reserved for providing health and safety tips to students of all classes. 

Kala D, Librarian, Ganga International School, Bengaluru

Health monitoring programme: Apart from creating a diet plan for primary class students, an annual health check-up and weight monitoring exercises are conducted by our in-house doctor and nurse. 

Bandita Roy, educator, DPS, Ahmedabad


Focus on healthy tiffin: A ‘Healthy Tiffin Week’ is organised in every class on a monthly basis where the teacher chalks out a menu, according to which the child brings his/her tiffin. 

Kavita C Das, principal, St John’s High School, Chandigarh


What US schools are doing

Standing desk in classrooms: According to a new study, standing desks in classrooms could help children maintain a healthy body weight. Besides, encouraging students to stand and move could help them develop healthy habits that may impact future obesity in adulthood. Therefore, some schools in Texas have introduced standing desks to make students more active

School gardens: Ever since this idea was championed by US First Lady Michelle Obama, it’s caught on around the country. Schools are promoting gardens to highlight the need to have fresh instead of packed and processed food


How to stay healthy

  • Avoid maida-based foods like pizza, naan, white bread, etc
  • Don’t spend your weekend couch surfing. Instead, go for a walk or play a round of some outdoor sport
  • Avoid soft drinks and other sugary beverages such as synthetic fruit juices that are loaded with sugar
  • Include green veggies and fresh seasonal fruits in your daily diet.Don’t skip meals. Small portions of food are advisable instead of two heavy meals

Views expressed by dieticians Ritika Samaddar,
Delhi & Gitanjali Shah, Ahmd


  • India reportedly witnesses 10 mn cases of childhood obesity annually.
  • Childhood obesity can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. 70 per cent of obese youth have at least one risk factor for cardiovascular disease
  • Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatisation and alienation from their peer group


Are you aware of your BMI, Gen Z?

Being fitness conscious, I keep a constant check on my BMI which is average. To keep myself fit, I eat five to six small meals a day, jog for 30 minutes, practice yoga and ensure that green veggies are a part of my regular diet. 

Mahak Jain, class XI, Sushila Birla Girls' School, Kolkata


I have a near-normal BMI count, so I don't bother too much about it. I don't pay too much attention to exercise. I may not be supermodel-fit but I've been maintaining my body weight for quite a long time now.  

Haseena Parveen N, class X, Florence Public School, Bengaluru


Of course I know what BMI stands for! Fitness for me is not just about eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly – it is a value that has been instilled within me from the beginning. Ever since I can remember, fitness has been playing a crucial role in my life. I don't just prefer to be physically fit but also mentally fit. 

Shreya Gakhar, class X, Mata Jai Kaur Public School, New Delhi


BMI which stands for body mass index, is an important factor in determining the health of a person. I pay attention to what I eat and how I exercise.

Jnanam Shah, Std X, SSRVM, Borivali (E), Mumbai

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Comments

Himanshi Dhawan Saffron Public School

Schools should come up with healthy food stuff and less junk food. We all are familiar with the fact that school students love to eat junk. School is known as the second home of a child where he/she learns to talk, behave and even eat too. So, it''s the moral responsibility of schools to dump the junk!

Om Badiyani Sandipani

That would be a good move

Onkarpreet Bhavan Vidyalaya

Teaching healthy recipes can also help.

Onkarpreet Bhavan Vidyalaya

Schools can actually help the cause. Practical methods can be adopted. Compulsory tiffins of only green vegetables for a few days in the week can be done.

Pragyamita Basu B.D.M. International

Physical activities along with proper food habits are important.This is only possible if the initiative is taken jointly by schools and parents at home.

DIWANSHI SHETIJA BHARTI PUBLIC SCHOOL (SWASTHYA VHR)

yes,obviously schools should be health conscious.Children learn many lessons from homes but learn more than that in schools.Diet plan can be followed by each one of them to teach students about healthy habits.Canteens should also provide balanced diet rather than providing with pasta,maggi and all.

C.Prasanna Amalorpavam Higher Secondary School - Puducherry

Ya. Our school is fitness conscious.

Kashish Verma Bharti Public School Swasthya Vihar

Schools should definitely focus on the health and hygiene of the food provided in the canteens. Very less amount of junk food should be provided and instead of it healthy food should be provided.

gandwaid sai sri jahnavi P OBUL REDDY PUBLIC SCHOOL

No, school should no be a place where they take care of our body shape too. It will be the person''s own wish to do or not to do exercises for his/her fitness. That doesn''t mean that it should not give importance to sports. The students who are interested in sports will be into sports and the nerds will be into studies and the all rounders have their own plans to prove themselves but stressing someone to be fit for various reasons doesn''t make sense for me......

Chaitanya Batra Bhai Parmanand Vidya Mandir

Its a great topic over which we must put light, I am a student and I have observed my self that my mates eat a lot of sweet and junk. Despite knowing the fact that they could harm them in a long run. But today it tempt their tongue. Many schools just for profit provide junk and maids based foods in their canteens. To over come this problem we have to first awake the schools which are blind for easy income. Next comes the child who prefers eating from canteens rather than bringing lunch.

Bhavana Jaison Atomic Energy Central School No 2

Schools should motivate children to bring lunch box with healthy food. An awareness program can be conducted to make them aware about the need to have healthy food. Posters showing the disadvantage of junk food can be displayed in schools. Today’s generation is very smart to decide what is best for them.

Haya Naved FATHER AGNEL SCHOOL(GAUTAM NAGAR)

I think schools should bring in healthy food in the canteens than having burgers and cokes and should have atleast half an hour a day where each child will indulge himself into some sort of physical activity.

Ritvik Baweja BAL BHARTI PUBLIC SCHOOL (PITAM PUR

Absolutely the health check for all students should be there in each and every school.

V.Ananya D.A.V. Public School

School should give equal importance to sports and games as the do for academics . This will not only ensure their physical health but also their mental concentration ability .

Aishwarya Iyer Deens Academy

Yes, indeed they need to be fitness conscious. Apart from just teaching, they should focus on this too,because the children of today are the future of tomorrow, and to do something great, they need to be physically fit and able too.

BHUVANA.V Amalorpavam Higher Secondary School - Puducherry

Schools should provide healthy foods to the students in their canteens. Also they must be less expensive. This will encourage the students to eat healthy foods.

Sarath Kumar RM Bethel Mat Hr Sec School

These methods are really wonderful. In schools teachers can insist the students to bring healthy foods regularly. Parents should also take initiative on this matter.

Vihan R. Yalamanchili DDMS P.OBUL REDDY PUBLIC SCHOOL

Schools should provide more fresh and healthy options and less junk food in their canteens. Also, students must be taught of health as part of their curriculum to instill awareness about health. Medical check-ups should be conducted every term. Exercise should be encouraged by increasing the PE periods in a week.

Sachika Lala BGS National Public School

It is necessary for everyone who is in a child''s life to take care of him/her. Be it schools or teachers or parents or friends, we must make sure that such topics should also be taken up for discussion. Instilling this awareness of the effects of having too much of junk food or any other food which is unhealthy is very important. Certain measures should also be taken regularly such as exercises and outdoor playing.

Mansi Kohli JASPAL KAUR PUBLIC SCHOOL(SHALIMAR

since school is the worship place where students spend most of their time,it plays the most vital role in a student''s health.Schools can encourage students to play more sports and games.Awareness is more important than implementation.The school could conduct sessions to aggrandize the student''s knowledge about morbidness of junk food.

Brenda Marshal PADUA HIGH SCHOOL-MANKHURD

There should be no junk foods provided in school canteens. There should be regular exercise in schools for the health of students...

Dhruv Arora BHAWAN VIDYALAYA SCH PKL SEC15

the school children must be fresh, fit and healthy. They should be both physical and mentally healthy and also be social and have rational thinking. medical check ups of each student should be conducted regularly.Even in school canteens fast food is provide more which should be stopped. There must be a sports day or healthy tiffin week.students should get one games period in two or three days which can refresh them.They should not be overburdened.encourage them to stop electronic gadgets

Atharv Vedant SW VIVEKANAND INTL SCH-BORIVALI

In schools,they teach that we should not eat junk food as it leads to diseases and obesity. But,in the school canteens they themselves provide junk food. So,what is the use of teaching good food habits in school?

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