gyms: She Gyms opened in five schools to promote physical fitness among girls | Kochi News
The official launch of the project took place at South Vazhakulam Government Higher Secondary School on Tuesday, where a gymnasium was set up with all essential training equipment. The inauguration was done jointly by District Panchayat Chairman Ullas Thomas and District Collector Jafar Malik at the ceremony presided over by District Panchayat Vice Chairman Shiny George.
Besides South Vazhakulam Government Higher Secondary School, She gymnasiums were established in four other schools – Chengamanad Government HSS, Kallil GHSS, Cheruvattur GHSS and Palissery GHSS – in the first phase. Each school has been given gym equipment worth Rs 1 lakh and they have machines like treadmills, cross bars, exercise bikes, weights and bars etc.
The gymnasium will be open to students and teachers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and training will be under the supervision of physical education teachers from the respective school. Selected teachers in each school received training on the handling and maintenance of the equipment. Thomas said that although the gymnasium is primarily for girls, boys can also use them at the discretion of the principals and respective APEs.
“The project was started to ensure that students value physical fitness. Unhealthy eating habits and lack of physical exercise are the leading cause of lifestyle-related illness among college students. The district panchayat prioritizes the physical and mental upliftment of female students. The project will be extended to other schools in the district gradually. We had initially thought of launching the project in 15 schools in the first phase, but we limited it to five schools to evaluate the success of the project,” said Thomas.
Malik said the district administration will give full support to the development of public schools. The chairman of the district panchayat health standing committee, MJ Jomy, explained the aspects and objectives of the project during the ceremony. District panchayat members Sanitha Rahim, Manoj Muthedan, Sharada Mohan, PM Nazar, Sharon Panackal, Animol Baby and Shimy Varghese were present.