On 15th August 2018, the Prime Minister, from the ramparts of Red Fort, declared September as the National Nutrition Month, putting the nutritionists of India into the national spotlight. While this has catapulted nutritionists and dietitians in to amongst the hottest jobs in the country, the challenge of getting India out of the extremes of malnutrition and obesity, and into the science of fitness, remains daunting. But through programmes such as InBody academia, the nutritionist diaspora of the country is making rapid - but sure - strides towards ushering in the best in knowledge and research from the developed nations.
When it started out in September 2017, InBody Convention was conceived as a one-off program for professionals from the fitness industry. The attempt was to share global research and understanding of Body Composition Analysis as is available with InBody. The target participants according to the understanding of the team organizing the InBody Convention were essentially gym trainers and staff. After all, they could certainly use a more scientific approach in their personal training methods for better results. Right?
They couldn't be more wrong.
InBody Convention 2017, held at Ramada, Juhu on the 9th and 10th of September, was an eye-opener in more ways than one. With a target batch of 50, the certification course was fully subscribed, but only 50% of the participants were gym trainers, managers or staff. The other half were nutritionists, dieticians including students or medical practitioners. The participants came in from as far as Kerala and Jharkhand. Many had never operated a Body Composition Analyser, and some had never seen one.
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