Thursday, 20 December 2018

Exceptional people: Temasek Polytechnic student wins Harvard Book Prize

He lost both his parents to illness at a young age, but Mr Selva Raju Arumugam made the best of his struggles and began improving the lives of others.

Now 26, the Temasek Polytechnic (TP) final-year student becomes the first TP student to receive the Harvard Prize Book for his civic-mindedness.

Presented by the Harvard University Association of Alumni in Singapore, the award aims to give recognition to altruistic individuals who have, over a sustained period of time, gone beyond the call of duty to perform acts of kindness.


Swimming, walking or lifting weights in the gym 'treats high blood pressure as well as drugs'

Exercise is as effective as prescription drugs at lowering blood pressure, researchers have found.

Regularly walking or swimming and doing simple weight training treats high blood pressure as well as taking pills such as beta blockers or ACE inhibitors, according to data from 40,000 people.

High blood pressure - known by the medical name of 'hypertension' - affects one in three adults, more than 17million of the British population and 75million Americans.


Want to lose weight? It is all in the MIND

Training people in ‘mindfulness’ techniques to stop comfort eating helps them lose weight, a study has found.

Many people eat as a coping strategy when they are stressed, anxious or emotional.

Experts at the University of Warwick trained obese people to overcome this – with dramatic results.

After just four 90-minute mindfulness sessions people lost an average of 6.6lb in six months, far more than the 0.4lb lost by people who did not undergo the sessions.


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