Youth are the building blocks of a progressive nation. They can be a positive development force when empowered with the right knowledge and opportunities. Young minds contributed to about 18% of the global population (1.2 billion people) in 2019. They are the leaders of tomorrow and represent the most dynamic population segment in any country.
The young age group (15-24 years) is enthusiastic, vibrant, innovative, and dynamic, which makes them the most valuable- resource for any nation. India is among the youngest nations worldwide. By 2022, the median age of the country’s population would be 28 years who would constitute 34.33% share of youth in the total world population by 2020.
Youngsters of any country have huge responsibilities towards their country. In the testing pandemic times, they have to learn from past experiences and live with hope for a better tomorrow.
Youth and Covid-19
The covid-19 pandemic has bought many economic and social changes around the world. In the fight for normalcy, Young innovators have led the forefront through their innovation initiatives. They have been active around the world with their extended support to the at-risk populations and also those severely affected by the pandemic.
Youth have played an important role in information dissemination and providing help to the elderly during the lockdown. .Youth have leveraged online technologies to spread the cause of public health information, promote social distancing and facemask practices, and effective handwashing habits.
Wellness and Fitness for the Youth
The youth stage is extremely vital and sets the stage for future wellness or health problems. Though most youngsters are believed to be fit and healthy, the World Health Organisation estimates that over 2.5 million’ young people between 10-24 years annually die from poor health conditions. Youth go through several hormonal changes that affect their mental and physical health. In their formative years, they become taller, begin to gain weight, and develop differing attitudes.
Clinical studies point towards the habits and lifestyle change that people followed in their youth accounts for over 30 % of diseases acquired later on. For example, those who did not exercise, or consumed unhealthy fatty foods had a significantly high risk of developing hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Smoking in the early ’20s raises the risk of acquiring diseases like cancer or chronic bronchitis.
Health Conditions that affect the Youth
Those under 30 years of age show a very high prevalence of undernutrition. Many youngsters are deficient in vitamin B12 and vitamin D3, the essential muscle and bone-building vitamins. An altered lifestyle, poor sleeping patterns, and lack of balanced meals mean the youth do not get the right quantity of nutrients. Many young women become anemic. Back problems and other bone-related issues are quite common among the youth who follow a more sedentary lifestyle.
Obesity and being overweight is another health concern that impacts youth. Though many of us may look slim on the outside, we might foster harmful fat deposits within the organs that invite lifestyle ailments like Diabetes, Cancer, Chronic respiratory diseases, and CVD (Cardiovascular disease).
Depression, suicide, and mental wellness are silent killers among the youth today. Depression is seen in nearly one out of five individuals at any time whose symptoms include eating disorders, mood disturbances, and/or suicidal thoughts.
Office/ education and relation troubles add to anxiety disorders and stress among the youth.
High Alcohol Intake and Smoking:
Nearly 18% of individuals in India are addicted to tobacco while smoking is linked to heart disease, stroke, cancer, lung disease, and numerous other problems that have high mortality. Alcohol intake is now becoming an increasing health concern among Indian youth. The easy availability of tobacco and alcohol at pocket-friendly rates adds to the problem. Alcohol consumption is associated with numerous health problems that include liver disease, heart disease, abuse, and depression.
Observing National Youth Day
To observe the importance that the youth play in the growth of a nation, the Government of India celebrates January 12th. as National Youth Day. National Youth Day or Yuva Divas commemorates the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda and propagates his philosophy towards sustainable living.
Swami Vivekananda, one of the greatest visionaries in the world, was a great youth icon. He was a philosopher, thinker, and social reformer and introduced the philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the western world.
Swami Vivekananda’s Message to the Youth
Swami Vivekanand influenced millions of youths across the world. Vivekananda shared the views that youth can lead a successful life for themselves and others only when they are physically fit. He believed that working for social change required mental energy and physical fitness.
He advocated the ethos of fitness and sound health practices and believed that a healthy mind resided in a healthy body. For that youth must participate in exercises, play, and stay fit, otherwise, they would not be able to build healthy wellbeing.
Youth and Self-Empowerment with Gigadocs
When the youth have employment opportunities, they not only improve their financial and social wellbeing but also contribute to the economic growth of the nation. To empower the youth, Gigadocs brings youth employment initiatives by offering self-employment opportunities to the country’s young go-getters. Through availing self-employment from Gigadocs, youth can earn and become a contributing member of society.
Gigadocs honors the youth voice and extends self-employment opportunities to the Indian youth to make the nation a better place for all.
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