City leaders show the way to a healthy lifestyle

Health Minister Ma. Commissioner of Subramanian and Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), Gagandeep Singh Bedi was honored for his daily running and walking activities respectively. They have been recognized role models among city leaders.

The Smart Cities Mission of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs launched two challenges at the national level as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. The events, Freedom 2 Walk & Cycle Challenge for City Leaders and Inter-City Freedom 2 Walk & Cycle Challenge for Citizens, took place from January 1-26.

It aimed to motivate people to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The challenge was also to turn city leaders into walking and cycling champions in every city. On Thursday, an online event was hosted by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), which organized the challenges and honored leaders and top performers.

The ITDP paid tribute to Mr. Subramanian who it said completed 37 activities, including running, covering 390 km. He was ranked third while a doctor from a medical school in Kota was ranked first, performing 53 activities.

Mr. Bedi placed fifth, having walked 72 km. The best in this category is Smart Cities CEO Nashik, who walked 472 km in the same period. These leaders are among the 130 municipal leaders who participated in the challenges.

The country’s superhero is Rupesh Agarwal, Extra Commissioner, from Chandigarh, who cycled 110 km.

To maintain momentum, participating cities would sign pledges to commit to institutionalizing activities such as cycling to work, open street events, pedestrian days, and improving physical infrastructure for walking and walking. the bike. Although Chennai has produced a few winners, it has yet to participate in the engagement.

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