Make sports, fitness part of daily life: Atul Wasan

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New Delhi, Oct 25 (UNI) Cricketer turned commentator Atul Wasan today lamented that India lacks education facilities for sports and fitness and recommended giving training in table tenis or football to blueline drivers to check rampant cases of accidents and road rages.

''In Western countries in county cricket local people from various fields be it mason, carpenter, grocer are playing cricket or participating and supporting any other sport. But in India, once you get a job, sports no longer remain part of life which is really bad. There is no education about sports and fitness here,'' Wasan told reporters here today.

He called for changing the mindset of people and making sports part of daily life of ordinary middle class middle age people to check the rising incidence of lifestyle diseases like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure etc. He said that the nine-day long 14th MTNL Perfect Health Mela starting from Saturday would play a crucial role in creating health and fitness awareness among the people in the country.

Wasan also called for introducing a Health Insurance Scheme for the common people so that healthcare become affordable and easily accessible to all.

Agreeing with the need for the health insurance, Delhi Finance Minister A K Walia asked eminent cardiologist and Heart Care Foundation of India President K K Agarwal to help the Delhi government formulate a ''practical and affordable and acceptable to all'' health insurance scheme.

He said that the government has realised the need for health insurance, but the the scheme should be such that it should be acceptable to all 1.5 crore people of the national capital without putting too much burden on the exchequer.

Dr Walia said that financial health was now becoming an integral part of the general health of people and they should plan for sickness and old age. Dr Walia, who is also the Power Minister, said that the government has made it compulsory for all the medical establishment to use solar water heating instead of electricity and the same would be the highlight of the Mela also.

Dr Agarwal said that the Mela would provide free health checkups to the people, counselling on weight reduction, yoga training, laughter yoga and live meditation sessions. It would also have a Help Desk to help people access affordable surgery for various ailments by coordinating with different hospitals. Mela would have consumer bazars, urja haat, handicrafts and consumer right awareness stalls also. It would create awareness about prevention and cure of dengue, malaria, chikungunia. Moreover, being held at the Sanjay Lake Park, it would be a very good picnic spot also, he added.

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