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"Fit-India-Movement" Promoting Physical Activity: A Perspective for Clinicians and Epidemiologists

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Objective: Whereas the Fit-India-Movement (FIM) is not a health program, per se, it attempts to meet the sustainable development goals of the World Health Organization for the control of non-communicable diseases by promoting health-related physical activity (PA) behavior in the Indian population under the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs. We aimed to find out how the government of India is operationalizing the PA guideline without a national PA plan. Methods: We reviewed the FIM website. Results: It contains the PA guidelines and recommendations for the Indian population. Conclusion: This article compiles our findings, revealing the paradigm for promoting PA in India. It describes what the FIM offers from a clinician???s perspective, utilizing resources at the individual level and an epidemiologist???s outlook for PA promotion.

Keywords: EXERCISE; INDIA HEALTH; NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY; PHYSICAL ACTIVITY GUIDELINES; PHYSICAL FITNESS

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Chief Consultant Physiotherapist, Medcare Hospital & Research Center, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India 2: Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India 3: Professor, Community Medicine, IMS & SUM Hospital, Siksha ‘O’ Anusandhan, deemed to be University, Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India

Publication date: April 1, 2024

This article was made available online on May 25, 2024 as a Fast Track article with title: ""Fit-India-Movement" Promoting Physical Activity: A Perspective for Clinicians and Epidemiologists".

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