Thursday, 20 July 2017

All mainstream schools now offer healthier food choices

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All mainstream schools now offer healthier food, as part of a broader initiative to help young people adopt better habits.

This was announced by the Education and Health ministries in a press release yesterday.

Under the Healthy Meals in Schools scheme, canteen stall operators must serve healthier food - such as white rice mixed with brown and wholemeal bread sandwiches.

The initiative, started in 2011, was gradually introduced to more schools over the past few years.


Exceptional people: Singaporean undergraduate wins international game design contest

Singaporean Timothi Lim has won the Game of The Year award in the Web and Mobile category at this year’s The Rookies international competition, hosted by software developer Autodesk.

The five-month long competition - which ended on Jul 7 - showcased outstanding talent emerging from higher education facilities. It brought in a total of 2,752 entrants from 81 countries.

Mr Lim, 23, designed the game TILTOFF, which he described as a colourful balancing game “inspired by Tai Chi”.


Prince George effect

Prince George may not have been aware of the impact his outfit would have as he touched down in Warsaw during the Royal tour of Germany and Poland yesterday.

And within 24 hours of images of the three-year-old and his immaculately coiffed regal parents circulating the globe, the Tizza shirt he wore sold out on the website of its main retailer, Spanish department store giant El Corte Ingles.

This is 'Prince George effect' - where parents desperate to dress their sons like a royal.


It is important to expose your children to germs to boost their immune system

Exposing youngsters to microbes widespread in the great outdoors will give them a stronger, more robust immune system.

That's according to professor Jack Gilbert, co-author of 'Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child's Developing Immune System'.

Indeed, the germ expert – and parent – claims that our addiction to indoor-based, uber-clean lifestyles are weakening our children's defences against illness.

'Most parents think all germs are bad, that is not true. Most will just stimulate your immune system and make you stronger,' Prof Gilbert told The Independent.

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Spending time outdoors and playing sport prevents children becoming short-sighted

Children who spend less time outdoors and do not play much sport are more likely to be near-sighted, new research suggests.

They also have lower levels of vitamin D and a higher body mass index, the large study found.

Experts have previously said half the world's population will suffer from this in 30 years – with youngsters spending less time in natural light and more time looking at screens blamed.

To help prevent it, the new study recommends children should play outside for 15 hours a week.

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