Eat right, work out regularly: School kids told as they get to meet the champion

Wrestler and Olympics Bronze medallist Bajrang Punia stresses the need to eat right as he meets students from 75 schools

If you look to be mentally and physically strong and want to see India top any field, you need to eat right and exercise at least for half an hour, twice a day. This was the success mantra that was imparted to students from as many as 75 schools from four different districts of Haryana by Olympian Bajrang Punia.

The renowned wrestler and Tokyo Olympic Games Bronze medallist, exhorted students, who assembled in large numbers, to eat the right food, and exercise well so as to make everyone’s dream of making India climb to the top.

Bajrang Punia spoke to students about the importance of ‘Santulit Aahaar’ or balanced diet, fitness and more. Demonstrating easy-to-do fitness exercises for the benefit of the students, Punia also stressed on the importance of promoting India’s traditional sports. In a bid to drive home this point, Punia also participated in a game of Kho-Kho with the students.

Exercise well and eat right, Bajrang Punia tells students

The visit was part of taking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s unique school visit campaign ahead, and was organised at Haryana’s Aarohi Model School in Panipat. This was part of the Meet The Champions school visit programme, jointly organized by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. The programme will have Olympians and Paralympians visiting various schools across the country, and interacting with students.

Punia’s visit is among the many more school visits by Olympians and Paralympians, as per the suggestion made by the Prime Minister to visit schools across India and interact with students. Olympic Gold medallist Neeraj Chopra had kicked off the initiative with a visit to Gujarat schools earlier this month, and it coincided with the Azaadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

Keep off junk food, students told

Stressing on the need to have homemade food that has essentials such as greens, proteins, carbohydrates, minerals, Punia cautioned students to keep off junk food.

Pointing out that, during the initial training days, athletes like him were not allowed to even step out of their training centres, Punia said that they had flocked roadside eateries to taste Chaat and Tikka when they got a chance to go out. Stating that this happened only once a month or so, he urged the students make sure that junk food will not be consumed regularly.

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