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7 Days Challenge: Not ‘Eat, pray, love’ but ‘Eat, move, live’

According to the website of the Challenge, its objectives are: To emphasise the role of individual action for sustainable development.

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The motto of 7 days challenge is to, 'live, eat and move.' Wikimedia Commons
The motto of 7 days challenge is to, 'live, eat and move.' Wikimedia Commons
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  • The 7-day challenge focuses on practice of living a sustainable life
  • The idea is for people to start living a smart and healthy life
  • It will not only benefit individuals but the country they are living in as a whole

Want to eat healthier? Or move around town in a more sustainable manner? Or just lead your daily life in a smarter way? You need to try the 7 Days Challenge.

The Swedish Embassy here, in association with the TERI School of Advanced Studies, has organised the Challenge targeting youth from classes 9 to 12 in schools and graduate and post-graduate students in colleges across the national capital from January 17 to 23.

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The Challenge is basically a call to action for the participants to practise sustainable lifestyles and consists of seven days of practical sustainable solutions focusing on three categories: Eat, move and live.

“The 7 Days Challenge is an attempt really for a short period of time trying to encourage people to think, eat, live, move smartly and sustainably and doing so in a short period of time and in encouraging best practices and also creativity around sub-solutions,” Swedish Ambassador Klas Molin told IANS, explaining the concept.

“Coming up with new ideas, not just emulating, copying which is being done, but thinking creatively,” he said, adding that in the first round, young people who are using modern technologies and thinking in new ways and whose future will be more impacted by today’s choices, have been targeted.

After Kenya and Indonesia, India is the third country where this challenge has been organised. Pixabay
After Kenya and Indonesia, India is the third country where this challenge has been organised. Pixabay

India is the third country, after Kenya and Indonesia, where the 7 Days Challenge is being organised.

But why seven days?

“Calling it the 7 Days Challenge, I think, partly is psychological, that it is a manageable period of time,” Molin said.

“Surely we can all devote a week to living smarter, thinking more consciously and acting, travelling and shopping more sustainably. It is a reasonable, manageable amount of time.”

According to the website of the Challenge, its objectives are: To emphasise the role of individual action for sustainable development; to spread awareness about the need for adopting practical sustainable solutions and lifestyles at the individual level; to build individual capacity and motivate individuals to improvise and innovate their choices and lifestyle towards more sustainable ones; and improve their own quality of life.

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Explaining the concept of eating, move and live, Ambassador Molin referred to a kitchen garden within the Swedish Embassy compound in terms of “eat”.

“Many people believe in growing their own vegetables right next door. It is not only nice to look at, it is very practical, it is healthy,” he said. In terms of “move”, he gave his own example and said that back home in Sweden he bicycled to school and then to work in professional life almost every day.

“Since I was in middle school or junior high school, I biked to school and back. I biked to work.”

The 7 days challenge is all about living a healthy and sustainable life. Wikimedia Commons
The 7 days challenge is all about living a healthy and sustainable living. Wikimedia Commons

Molin asserted that biking is “certainly the fastest and most convenient way” of getting about a modern city like Sweden’s capital Stockholm. Here in the Swedish Embassy, he said, staff members and colleagues are encouraged to carpool more, including with his own official car.

In terms of “live”, Molin again gave the example of the Embassy and said the building was fitted with solar panels. He also said that a system has been developed within the Embassy complex — which only uses LED lights — to create composts by pooling in all organic waste.

“We have pipes under the park, under the paved area and also in the back and all the rainwater or most of the rainwater is collected underground,” Molin said. “It’s rainwater harvesting and we use it during the dry season for irrigation and watering.”

“We want to be champions in combating climate change. We want to be at the forefront, on the cusp of development when it comes to living, eating and moving smarter and conserving energy and preserving our pristine nature.”

Molin said that the last few governments from all walks of the political spectrum in Sweden have embraced these issues.

Riding bicycles is one thing which the 'move' aspect of the challenge focuses on. westbrookcyclesdiscountcode2015.wordpress.com
Riding bicycles is one thing which the ‘move’ aspect of the challenge focuses on. westbrookcyclesdiscountcode2015.wordpress.com

“We have very progressive policies regarding incentives and disincentives when it comes to vehicles… We just introduced of January 1 new rules as to taxation of private vehicles where there are great incentives for going electric, hybrid, etc. And stronger disincentives in using older technology and older cars.”

The Ambassador also pointed out that Sweden has managed to have continuous GDP growth while at the same time cutting down on CO2 emissions. “So, growth is not contingent on old technologies and you know pumping out pollution. You can achieve growth in a smart way,” he asserted. As for the 7 Days Challenge, the participant who comes up with the most innovative idea or solution will be awarded. IANS

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Cycling responsible for maximum fractures in males: Study

The incidence of injuries in males was 1.7 times higher for neck sprains and 3.6 times greater for fractures when compared to females

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Cycling causes most fractures in men. VOA
Most fractures in men are caused by cycling. VOA
  • Cycling is healthy
  • But it also causes maximum fractures in males
  • The most common injury is spinal injury

While regular cycling has been associated with various health benefits, including a healthy heart, bones as well as decrease in body fat, a new study has shown that the recreational sport is the number one cause of cervical fractures in men.

The findings showed that sporting-related cervical fractures increased by 35 per cent from 2000 to 2015, mainly due to an increase in cycling-related injuries.

Cycling causes maximum fractures in men.
Cycling causes maximum fractures in men.

Men experienced the most fractures due to cycling, while the most common cause of fractures in women was horseback riding.

“Cervical spine injury is a substantial cause of morbidity and mortality, and, as far as injuries go, one of the more devastating injuries that we as orthopaedic surgeons can treat,” said lead author J. Mason DePasse, from the Brown University in Rhode Island, US.

“Our study showed that cycling is the number one cause of neck fractures, which suggests we may need to investigate this in terms of safety,” DePasse added.

For the study, the team examined 50,000 patient cases in the national database to estimate the sex-specific incidence of cervical spine injuries in sporting activities and to identify the activities most commonly associated with neck sprains and cervical fractures.

The study authors identified 27,546 patients who sustained a neck injury during a sporting activity. Overall, the number of neck sprains decreased by 33 per cent from 2000 to 2015; however, sprains sustained during weightlifting and aerobic exercise increased 66 per cent.

Cycling is a very healthy exercise yet it can be harmful if not done properly. Pixabay
Cycling is a very healthy exercise yet it can be harmful if not done properly. Pixabay

Sporting-related cervical fractures increased by 30 per cent in that time period, which was driven in part by a 300 per cent increase in cycling-related injuries.

The incidence of injuries in males was 1.7 times higher for neck sprains and 3.6 times greater for fractures when compared to females. The findings were presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in New Orleans. IANS