Milkha Singh India’s sprint legend has been appointed as goodwill ambassador for physical activities by WHO in South-East Asia Region. The aim is to promote the physical activities among people of every age in the South-East Asia Region with the support of Milkha Singh.
The appointment of Milkha Singh was done by Regional Director of WHO for South-East Asia region, Poonam Khetrapal Singh.
People have almost no or very less physical activities in their daily life. It is because of the kind of lifestyle people adopting today. Serious health issues like heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer are arising among people and only regular exercise can reduce the risks of all such diseases to happen.
As per the reports in South-East Asia Region, 70% of boys , 8% girls and almost thirty three percent of adults have very less physical activities or insufficient activities which is an alarming situation.
WHO recommends regarding physical Workout:
As per WHO recommendations, children need to perform physical activities for at least 60 minutes on daily basis whereas an adult should do it 150 minutes on per week basis in order to stay safe away from any of the above said common disease. The Importance of physical exercise is even more for people 65 years of age and above.
About Milkha Singh:
He is former Indian track and field sprinter.
Also known as The Flying Sikh.
He is awarded with the Padma Shri for wonderful achievements.