The first national health goals were developed in 1979 to be accomplished by the year 1990. The focus of those objectives was on reduction in the death rate among infants, children, adolescents, young adults and adults. Except for reducing death rates among adolescents, those goals were met and the average life expectancy was increased by more than 2 years by the 1990s. Those first national health objectives gave way to the Healthy People 2000 objectives designed to be accomplished by the turn of the century. The emphasis in these objectives shifted from reduction in premature death to disease prevention and health promotion. While many of these objectives have been achieved, others have yet to be accomplished. The goals of the Healthy People 2010 continue to focus on disease prevention and health promotion, but have areas of expanded focus. First, the goals emphasize quality of life, wellbeing, and functional capacity—all important wellness considerations. This emphasis is based on the World Health Organization statement that “It is counterproductive to evaluate development of programs without considering their impact on the quality of life of the community. We can no longer maintain strict, artificial divisions between physical and mental well-being (World Health Organization, 1995).” Second, the new national health goals take the “bold step” of trying to “eliminate” health disparities as opposed to reducing them as outlined in Healthy People 2000. Consistent with national health goals for the coming years, this paper is designed to study the changing life style and impact on women health in India and in adopting healthy lifestyles that will allow them to achieve lifetime health, fitness and wellness.
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