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New Delhi 06 September 2019: Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla started the Fit India Movement in the Parliament House today in the presence of several Union Ministers, Members of Parliament, and other dignitaries. On this occasion Shri Birla said that, yoga had already become a part of people’s routine all over the world since the International Day of Yoga was started on the initiative of India. He called that Fit India Movement should become a peoples’ movement and that the message should go out that India is a most fit nation He added further that Members of Parliament must ensure that each of their constituencies becomes the fittest, he called for a healthy competition among the Members in order to ensure the same. Speaking to media persons Shri Birla called upon the MPs and the employees of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha Secretariats to especially incorporate a healthy lifestyle that comprises of regular exercise, adequate rest and balanced diet along with efforts to reduce stress, so as to improve their performance and efficiency. He said that it is only with fitness that we can fulfill our duties and responsibilities with dedication. Without adequate fitness we won't be able to reach our full potential and take the nation on the path to prosperity and fulfillment, he added. Earlier, Shri Birla led the participants for a walk around the Parliament House. Thereafter the instructors briefed the participants about free hand exercises and yoga. Shri Kiren Rijiju, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports said that Parliament gives a message that only a healthy nation can become a strong nation. He emphasized that we can remain fit by including simple changes in our lifestyle. He said that exercise rejuvenates our lives which not only makes us healthy but also leads towards the holistic development of the country. He further said that disease snatches the comfort from our families which makes it necessary that we collectively work for a fit and healthy nation. He thanked Lok Sabha Speaker and said that in his leadership Parliament has become healthy in terms of work as well as physically. At the end, Lok Sabha Speaker administered the Fit India oath to the participants. Conceived and inaugurated by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi on the occasion of National Sports Day on 29th August 2019, Fit India Movement pays tribute to one of India's greatest sports persons Major Dhyanchand, it seeks to launch a peoples' movement in order to make India a fit and healthy nation.



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