Worried with more and more community parks in Delhi colonies turning into ornamental parks, Delhi health minister along with Public Health Foundation of India launched the Capital's first year-long campaign - Delhi Active Daily Active. "All we won at the Beijing Olympics was a single medal for shooting. This is a clear indication of the fitness levels of a country's youth," said Dr K.S. Reddy, president, PHFI.
"If we don't want a repeat in the forthcoming games. We need to encourage our people to adopt regular physical exercise as a routine and not just treat commonwealth games as a mere spectator sport to be watched by sedentary citizens," he said. Dr Reddy also stressed on the decreasing physical activity levels in schools. "Schools have cut down on recess time with increased focus on formal studies, leading to inactive children who grow up to be inactive adults," he said, adding, "Statistics have shown that almost one-fourth of Indians spend three hours or more sitting during their leisure time."
Delhi health minister Kiran Walia also expressed her fears on more Delhiites adopting sedentary lifestyles.