Fitness & Health Promotion
MGM Physical Fitness Testing and Training Program
Developing countries like India face major threats from the rising tide of lifestyle related disorders leading to non-communicable diseases (NCD). Early recognition and evaluation of causative factors of NCDs is an urgent need of the hour to reduce the burden placed on governmental organisation and health care facilities. Physical inactivity is recognized as the fourth major risk factor leading to NCDs. Increase in physical activity can decrease incidence of NCDs by almost 25% thus potentially reducing the economic burden placed by them. Physical activity is behaviour whereas physical fitness is a biological trait. MGM School of Physiotherapy, Navi Mumbai has taken up the task of evaluating fitness of healthy Indian children, adolescents and adults as well as people with disease conditions.
The ‘MGM Healthy Campus’ is an initiative of MGM School of Physiotherapy designed to identify physical inactivity and promote engagement in simple, feasible health promotion activities.
The MGM Fitness Battery has been designed to evaluate five domains of fitness using valid, reliable tests that can assess health related fitness in a time limited frame utilizing minimum apparatus, space and personnel.
Following evaluation, a customised fitness report is prepared for each participant with prescription of tailor-made program based on the results of testing. Normative reference values have been generated and copyrighted for healthy Indian children, adolescent and adult males and females. These would be available on request from MGM Institute of Health Sciences.