Open Gyms at Tibetan Settlements in India

As Tibetans living in India are increasingly adopting a sedentary lifestyle because of the shift like their occupation, and availability of modern transport system, leading to the rapid rise of various serious health problems. Further! physical inactivity, increasing tobacco use, poor diet, and nutrition becoming part of today’s lifestyle which have become significant factors contributing to rising mortality in the adult population in our Tibetan community.
A study in 2012 by the Department through Health Information System (HIS) showed Hypertension and Diabetes related conditions were among the top causes of death in the Tibetan community in India. DoHe-CTA HIS also reported that hypertension is the leading reason of footfalls at DoHe-CTA health facilities. Similarly, Tibetan Medicare System (TMS) morbidity data from the claim database also shows that NCDs account for majority of TMS participants who claim reimbursements.
A 2019 report on non-communicable disease of Department of Health, CTA mentions that average body mass index (BMI) of the 11847 participants of above 18 years age was 26.27. 95% of the participants in the study were Tibetans from North, South, Central and North-East India and their average age was 51.03 years. The average BMI of the survey above 25 is a concerning health issue.
Hence, our aim is to promote health in a new way through combining outdoor exercise, natural light, and an open-air environment which act as a therapeutic landscape that contributes to preventing various health problems associated with lifestyle related diseases and also encourages healthy behaviors such as socializing, strengthening community and interpersonal relationships while exercising. This particularly provides opportunities for the adults and seniors to recreate and participate in physical activity outdoors which is accessible, and easy to operate without supervision from fitness experts or trainers. The project of setting up open gyms in our settlements began in the year 2017 and so far the Tibetans in the settlements of all ages appreciates and enjoys its benefits on daily basis. 

Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay on inaugural ceremony of the open gym at Kollegal Dhondenling Tibetan Settlement
Open gym in Kollegal Dhondenling Tibetan Settlement
Health Kalon Mr Choekyong Wangchuk during the inaugural ceremony of Delek Gym in Dharamsala
Delek Gym in Dharamsala
Tibetan member of parliament on inaugural ceremony of the open gyms in Hunsur Tibetan Settlement
People exercising in the evening at the open gyms in Hunsur Rabgyeling Tibetan settlement
Open gym at Bylakuppe Dekyi Larso Tibetan Settlement
Open gym at Bylakuppe Dekyi Larso Tibetan Settlement
A kid in Odisha Tibetan Settlement exercising at the open gym
Open gym in Mundgod Tibetan Settlement
Mainpat Tibetans exercising at the open gym
Bylakuppe Lugsam Tibetans exercising at open gym
Open gym in Ladakh
Tibetans in Ladakh exercising at the open gym facility
Open gym in Hunsur Tibetan Settlement
Open gyms at Dekyiling Tibetan Settlement
Open gyms at Bhandara Norgyeling Tibetan Settlement