GAC Programme leaves indelible impact on all

Bokaro: Thousands of people in the age group of five to late eighties enthusiastically participated in ‘Global Active City’ programme organized at Bokaro Steel City on Sunday.

Aiming to bring the attention of the entire Indian citizens towards sports and healthy lifestyle several programs were organsied by the district administration in participation with mass at Library Ground. Mukesh Kumar Deputy Commissioner Bokaro inaugurated the programme at Aerodram More, from where a mini-marathon kicked-off and concluded at Library Ground.

Speaking on the occasion the DC said, sports plays a very vital role in our life, helps to keep fit among the people of all ages. By playing sports, not only our stress level decrease, but it also increases our energy level.

Being physically active will reduce the risk of diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes, which occurs due to the irregular lifestyle of the people minimizes the expenditure on health services across the world. And thus the incidence of early deaths will also come down drastically, he said.

The ‘Global Active City’ programme is targeted to link health and social life programs. You may call it the international version of the ‘Fit India Movement’. Our aim is to bring health awareness among mass and to inspire them to join some sports events, he said.

Recently, Bokaro Steel City has been honored with ‘Global Active City’ (GAC) standard. Now Bokaro becomes the first city in India and second in Asia to get this place. Karasiyaka in Turkey in Asia is the first city, got a prestigious standard.

The Global Active City programme is fully aligned with the agenda, guidelines and recommendations of UN, WHO UNESCO all of which aim at improving the health and well being of people as part of sustainable development.

The Global Active programme is additionally supported by the International Olympic Committee. Bokaro Steel City is the first city in India to join the network. On behalf of the Evaleo Association and the Association for International Sport for All (TAFISA), founding partners at the Global Active City programme has welcomed Bokaro Steel City to the Global Active City network.

The success of the Global Active City approach relies on the vision and support of leaders such as Bokaro district administration and all key public and private stakeholders, said an official.

Many sports like badminton, football and volleyball were organsied on this eve. Chhau dance was the main attraction of the program. Besides Blood donation camp, rangoli, music and painting-painting, camps were also organized to provide information about Disaster Management, First Aid, Road Safety, Health and Nutrition, Animal Husbandry, Anti Tobacco and others at the ground on this eve.

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