(Newswire Online) Due to academic pressures, TV, and smartphones, about 80% of the children between the ages of 11 & 17 aren’t exercising the WHO-recommended 60 minutes every day. With COVID-19, the situation has gotten worse and most children are unable to play and exercise safely for weeks. Some parents are able to organize Zoom-based classes at homes, however, most government school children do not have access to devices/internet and are unable to receive academic or physical education.
During the summer holidays, Vedanth Nandivada created a Handbook for children to do simple exercises at home without any equipment. This handbook is a step-by-step guide for children to stay fit while staying at home. This book is available in 3 languages – English, Kannada, and Telugu. With support from various NGOs, over 1500 copies have been distributed to government school children and orphanages in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. “The Fitness Handbook For Children: A Step-by-Step Guide For Fitness At Home” is also available as an ebook on Kindle Unlimited for free and as a paperback for purchase on Amazon.
Vedanth is a 10th-grade student at TISB, and is passionate about athletics and fitness. He wants to make a small difference in the lives of government school children in India by inculcating lasting habits of health and fitness.
“This handbook teaches you how to do simple exercises to stay fit at your home without the need of any physical equipment. I recommend all children to pursue some form of exercises like the ones in this book. This is a great way for kids to get into fitness in the current pandemic” said Vedanth’s coach Vinod Kumar, India’s Decathlete and CEO/Founder at Startline and CTO at upUgo