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United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. Over 31,000 young leaders on 2,400+ campuses across 140+ nations applied to join the Class of 2022.  200+ campuses worldwide (just 8%) were selected to host the 3,000+ Millennium Fellows.



St. John’s Medical College | Bangalore, India | Advancing SDG 3 & UNAI 10


" Non communicable diseases are

the next pandemic if they aren't already. As someone whose family has had multiple
generations falling prey to the same, I can also say that fighting against non
communicable diseases is a cause very close to my heart. It's a long tiring fight.
I would like to go a step before cure and assist in prevention. Prevention of lifestyle
diseases, promotion of health and all round well being, and cleansing the air of some pollution that plagues our city. And what better way to fight this than Bicycling!
Being a Millennium Fellow will

encourage us to accomplish the goals we

have set for the project and motivate us

beyond our comfort zone to make real change.

It is a seal of approval from the foremost
change enabler in the world. It is a
reassurance to the community which we reach
out to that we mean change and that we are
truly passionate about creating impact
wherever possible. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: Buckle Up Bengaluru

Buckle up Bengaluru
This project is a collaboration between a cohort of students at St. John’s and Mr. Satya Shankar, bicycle mayor of Bengaluru and the brain behind Council for Active Mobility (CFAM).
Our vision: to make functional cycling, i.e., cycling to work, and for daily activities, a habit for majority of Bangalore residents
Our mission: To encourage maximum participation from the residents of Bangalore by holding cycling rallies to raise awareness about stress related and chronic illnesses and further highlight the benefits of cycling for both our health and for the environment.
Our methodology: step 1 is to hold cycling rallies maximum up to four times annually, and with each rally maximise participation by encouraging more residents with chronic and stress related illnesses to take up cycling. Raising awareness about these illnesses and giving free advice on how to manage the illness through lifestyle and diet modifications will be a part of the promotion of the rally.

Step 2 includes getting more people to sign up for not just the rally but also select a group of middle-aged residents who are willing to share data about their vitals and how cycling or walking for 15 mins a day has impacted their health. Along with this a follow up is done every 2 months to ensure they’re still engaged in some active movement for at least 15 mins a day. Their vitals will be looked at for a period of 6-8 months. This data obtained will give us an idea of how much of a difference taking up an activity like cycling can make for a middle-aged person with such illnesses.

About the Millennium Fellow

Surabhi M Shastry, is a keen and passionate student of Medicine, studying in St John's Medical College, Bengaluru, India. Her interests include eco-friendly living methods and education. This year, she is part of the team of students implementing the project Buckle Up Bengaluru, which aims to enforce functional cycling in the citizens of Bengaluru. Her other hobbies include singing, art and theatre. She looks forward to an eventful Fellowship Term this year and can't wait to get started!

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