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NUTRITION

Maharashtra CM highlights importance of nutrition at Fit India Conclave
Wednesday, 08 November, 2017, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
Devendra Fadnavis, chief minister, Maharashtra, and actor Sonu Sood spoke about the importance of nutrition and the benefits of adopting a healthy lifestyle at the Fit India Conclave, organised by Glanbia and held at The Lalit in Mumbai recently.

At the second phase of the Fit India campaign, which is aimed at spreading education and awareness about an active lifestyle and nutrition, Glanbia announced that it would offer a multi-nutritional sachet priced at Rs 2. Made in India, it is for common people.

Fadnavis stated, “No nation can survive without a fit population. I have fought obesity all my life, and I have understood that nutrition and physical workouts are very important.”

“Unless we have proper nutrition, we cannot stay fit. That is the need of the hour. Glabia, through its Fit India initiative, is offering nutritional supplements to Indian citizens at an affordable cost,” he added.

“And, as this sachet of multivitamin, which is made and branded in India, is priced at just Rs 2, I can say they are offering life at a very affordable price, and the government is happy to support the Fit India initiative,” Fadnavis said.

Avik Sanyal, country head, Glanbia, said, “To support our mission to make India a fitter India, we will be launching an affordable range of products to meet the daily nutrition requirements of the people in India. These products will be available across 20,000 stores in India.”

“Our group company, Glanbia Nutritionals, is already in the process of launching sachets worth Rs 2 to reach out to the people to enrich their health by providing solutions for both micro- and macro-nutrients,” he added.

The Fit India Conclave stressed on educating (to raise awareness about the positive impact of healthy lifestyles); inspiring (by giving people ideas about achieving fitness and adopting a healthy lifestyle) and enabling (by creating opportunities to be fit in today’s fast-paced environment).

Noted sportspersons such as Indian hockey player Sandeep Singh and Paralympic gold medallist Deepa Malik graced the event, as did cardiologist Dr Haresh Mehta, nutritionist Chirag Sethi, social activist Shweta Shalini and Sam Bedi, regional director, Glanbia Performance Nutrition, ASPAC.

Bedi said, “We are organiaing a Fit India Programme under our corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative in other cities of the country.”

“The main aim of this programme is to stress on the importance of nutrition for the people to be healthy, which will enable them to be disease-free and live long lives,” he added.

“Further, we would want to support the Make In India campaign, for which we have already initiated the process with local packaging in India for our new product On Whey,” Bedi said.

Sood said, “Supplements are necessary, but you need proper guidance on their intake, and one needs to supplement them with proper workouts.”

Malik shared, “Looking back at my journey, I wasn’t sure I would be a Paralympian. All I wanted was to be fit despite being on wheelchair.”

“I have always kept myself fit. I never made statements like ‘I am handicapped’, etc. I took part in sports to prove to myself,” she added.

“No one tells me I am handicapped. All they say is that I am a sportsperson and I am a champion,” Malik stated.

Fit India is an initiative of Glanbia and the government of India to promote greater focus on nutrition and physical activity across India.

It has been designed to inspire everyone to seek nutrition and fitness regardless of age, background or current fitness levels.

Fit India brings together individuals, public authorities, the fitness fraternity, civil society organisations and the private sector to discuss ideas and collaborate on initiatives to help increase public participation and focus on better nutrition and physical activity across India.
 
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