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For a healthy adulthood parents must ensure kids get enough Nutrition for growth

Mother has a 75 year old helper called Bhavani Amma. I remember Bhavani Amma for her peculiar diet, or ‘strict diet’, that baffles everyone. Before telling about her diet I would like to explain her background.

Bhavani Amma spent her childhood on the shores of backwaters in Allappuzha which is famous for the paddy fields and fresh fish. She grew up on a diet of nature fresh rice and fresh-caught fish curry. In her twenties she was married off and she came to settle in our part of Allappuzha . Fish caught from the backwaters, rivers and sea reaches our village only after 8 to 10 hour. Bhawani Amma is choosy, she eats only fresh-caught fish with soft bones. Which means most of the days she had frugal diet. Bhawani Amma doesn’t consume chicken and in case non-veg is cooked in her home, she will survive on tea, from a nearby tea-shop, (chaya-vellam as we call in Kerala prepared from 1 portion milk and 2 portion water) for the next two days.

She has a concave stomach hollow like a shallow frying pan. My mother used to worry that Bhawani Ammani will one day starve to death because of her stubborn diet.

Last year Bhawani Amma slipped and fell; and as it is common among elderly we thought she was going to be bed-ridden for the rest of her life. To our surprise the doctor said that she had a minor injury and she will recover soon because of all the calcium she had accumulated in her younger days.

Bhawani Amma’s story compels me to believe that whatever we do in growing period keeps us healthy and sharper in our adulthood and old age. A doctor once said that after the age of 40 if you suddenly start having milk that would not benefit you in any form. And all of a sudden if you start jogging after the age of 40 that would not benefit you. Your diet and fitness regimen should be inculcated in the childhood.

Born during the time when the environment was unpolluted, nature provided Bhawani Amma, from a poor family, with all the nutrition for growth. In today’s world even the fish and vegetables are polluted. So we do not have the uncontaminated natural source to accumulate all the healthy nutrients. Hence we need to depend on food supplements to provide necessary vitamins, proteins and minerals during the growing period. One such popular and easy source of nutrient intake is by malt-based milk drinks.

Parents are doubtful whether milk health drinks are good for the children. Nowadays as we do not have the natural sources to provide proteins, vitamins and minerals to our kids, giving them malt-based hot milk drinks helps provide some nutrition for growth. Studies by consumer organizations show that malt-based milk drinks contains vitamins, minerals, calcium and protein; either all or majority of the nutrients. Children grow up within the blink of an eye and they should not be denied the essential nutrition for growth.

A mother of a 20 yr old girl now wonders whether her daughter did not grow taller because she did not give milk drinks. So instead of ruminating over ‘to give or not to give’ malt-based milk drinks to kids, better start giving them a hot glass of milk drink everyday. Since Consumer studies do not show any side effects of having milk drinks let the kids have milk drink and accumulate some nutrients.

Gail Indian Speedstar: A Search for future Olympic medal hopes

Going by the Mantra ‘Pick them Young’, Gail (India) Limited has ventured on an initiative – Gail- Indian SpeedStar – to spot the right athletic talents hidden in the cities and villages of India. According to GAIL “The reason to launch this program is to identify, select and nurture the hidden talent in athletes.” The targeted age group is 11 – 17 years in 100m, 200m and 800m track events across, who can be trained to possibly win Top Honours at Sporting events like the  2020-2024 Olympics

On 22nd of March, 2016, GAIL (India) Limited and National Yuva Cooperative Society (NYCS), inaugurated the selection campaigns   at the Constitution Club of India, New Delhi. The ultimate is to provide world-class training to the top 9 athletes, so that they can win international events for the country.

Eminent Selection Team

The selection and coaching panel consist of eminent sports persons –  P.T Usha, Rachita Mistry, Anuradha Biswal & Kavita Raut. They have been appointed in the selection committee to support selections and guide coaching camps. As members of the selection committee their role would include creating the selection criteria or the GAIL Indian Speedstar program, and developing the training plan and module for the selected athletes at the National Level.

State Level selection conducted

In trials conducted at 55 districts across 10 States, more than 25,000 Children participated out of which 850 children got selected to the State level. The short-listed children from the State trials will participate in the National Coaching camp and selection, scheduled to be held in May 2016 at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, New Delhi.  At the conclusion of the coaching camp, final trials will be held. Winners will be selected based on the qualification criteria and their potential. The winners will be given extensive training throughout the year.

Gail India Speed Star 1

World-class training for Top 9

The top 9 athletes will then be provided with a world class coaching for over a period of 5 years with an ultimate objective of atleast one of these athletes to represent India at the Olympics.

‘Legendary athlete P.T. Usha launched the initiative alongside the organizers DrAshutoshKarnatak,Director (Projects), GAIL (India) Ltd, Rajesh Pande – President, National Yuva Cooperative Society Ltd (NYCS) and Maneesh Bahuguna- CEO, Anglian Medal Hunt Company.

National Yuva Cooperative Society has tied up with Anglian Medal Hunt Company as its Technical Partner for The GAIL Indian Speedstar project.

The state trials were held in Odisha (14 Selection), Delhi (28 Selection), Kerala (28 Selection) &Jharkhand(4 Selection)followed by Maharashtra and Gujarat in the last week  of April.