Outlook magazine managed to assemble an excellent set of contributors – top names, good new names – Paediatricians, Educators, Psychologists, Counsellors, Psychiatrists, Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists, Nutritionists, Policy makers, author – publisher, and Bharatanatyam exponent – choreographer – mentor – research worker.
Our very own Dr. Rajat Chauhan was invited by Outlook to contribute to the special edition – Children & The Pandemic for what physical inactivity and being locked up has done to the children during this pandemic and what do we do henceforth. Mukul Oberoi is the co-author of the column and an integral part of the whole project.
You can click below to read our column in Outlook’s collector’s issue. Please feel free to share with all the parents, teachers and counsellors.
Team La Ultra, from putting together the world’s cruelest race, where, since 2010 we have been making runners from 23 countries achieve supposedly Impossible distances, ranging from 111 to 555 kms, from the very outset of the pandemic last year, we, have been guiding everyone to get moving, which again seemed like an Impossible task to begin with. Ordinary folks are yet again doing extraordinary things, one move at a time. We have been putting together ‘do-anywhere-online‘ sessions in different avatars for ages ranging from 5 to 75 years. Now we want everyone to be part of this. And that’s our vision, to make school students pan-India, along with their parents, grandparents and teachers, to get off their backsides and start moving. With a smile on. Enjoying every moment of it.
For those who don’t know what La Ultra – The High is all about, watch this video.
For this project we spoke to a lot of parents, children, leading educators and counsellors. Thank you all.
Here is a video we put together. Thanks a million miles Chetan Sehgal, Mukul Oberoi and Barry Walton for making the video look really super awesome.
Those who we couldn’t cover in this video, we have put pearls of wisdom from them below.
You can click below to read Outlook’s collector’s issue. Please feel free to share with all the parents, teachers and counsellors.
“For, this pandemic has been a decidedly adult affair. They (adults) have behaved as if it is their catastrophe: they have taken stock, they have counted their losses, they have decided what to do and what not to, they have lamented and legislated on their fate. Nobody asked the children.”
— Sunil Menon, Managing Editor, Outlook magazine
“Enhanced screen time only increases their dopamine levels and leads to hyperactivity and excess stimulation. Government and educational institutions have added to their anxiety, due to the lack of clarity on everything, from admissions to kindergarten to conduct of board examinations for school leavers and entrance exams to undergraduate courses for young adults.”
— Shweta Puri, a Delhi based psychologist specialising in Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy & more of 14 yr old twins
Below is a video where Nupur and Richard talk about their experience as parents during the pandemic.
Dr. Rajat had a in-depth discussion with the core team of the Shiv Nadar Schools: Col. Gopal Karunakaran, CEO; Ms. Shashi Banerjee, Principal (Noida); Ms. Monica Sagar, Principal (Gurgaon); Ms. Noora Sinha, Head – Well-being & Counselling (Noida) and Ms. Jenny Gandhi, Head – Counselling (Gurgaon). Below are some of the pearls of wisdom.
Barry Walton, Director of ‘the award winning ‘Empty America’ & ‘The High’ put together a video for the cause of getting kids moving during this pandemic.
The Vermas, Shalini and Chetan, along with their boys, Vardaan and Shaurya, have been active throughout the pandemic. Below they share their experience through these tough times.
Below is a video to give you an idea of what is PUSH about. Just keep some basics right and you are all good.
Follow K.I.S.S. philosophy, i.e. Keep It Simple & Smile. It needs to be fun. Structure helps but is overrated. The moment it feels like chore, we’ve lost the main purpose. It should always be PLAY in whatever we suggest and make them do. We, as parents, need to lead by example.
Below is a video of Kids at PUSH.