School shutdowns and the lack of physical education and sports have drastically impacted children’s health.

In March 2020, all schools and educational institutes were closed nationwide due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This led to physical education and sports stopping for millions of children, impacting their health. The 11th AHS reveals that children are displaying poor fitness levels across India. The nationwide survey has covered 2,54,681 children in the age groups of 7 years to 17 years from 364 schools across 250 cities and towns.