Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Exceptional people: $1m raised at relay run for cancer fight

The SCS TalkMed Relay For Life is in the Singapore Book of Records for the longest distance covered by a group of runners in six hours. PHOTO: PORTRAIT FROM THE HEART

The third edition of the Singapore Cancer Society (SCS) TalkMed Relay For Life set a new mark in the Singapore Book of Records for the longest distance (14,849.2 km) covered by a group of about 7,000 runners in six hours.

The relay saw a total of 208 teams taking part in the 100km challenge - almost double last year's number. The $1 million raised will go towards funding programmes and services run by SCS.

Falls are not just embarassing – they can kill you

Falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults. Every 19 minutes in the United States, an older person dies from a fall.

To be sure, nearly everyone falls now and then, and some falls are unavoidable. But falling is not an inevitable consequence of ageing. Most age-related falls are preventable once you know why they happen and take steps to minimise the risk for yourself, relatives and friends whose age or health status renders them especially vulnerable.

Here are some ways to minimise the risk of falling:
  • Do some exercises as they can help balancing. Tai chi is an excellent exercise.
  • Practise standing on one leg whenever you can, like when you brush your teeth, wash dishes or prep a recipe. 
  • Get your eyes checked at least once a year or more often if you have a gradually worsening condition. Go for surgery or treatment if recommended for cataracts or macular degeneration.
  • Regularly update your prescription for corrective lenses. Older people often do better with single-focus lenses.
  • Also get regular hearing checkups and consider hearing aids if needed. 
  • Have your doctor review all your medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, for their ability to cause dizziness or drowsiness and wherever possible, eliminate or lower the dosage of some of your medicines.

Ref: https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/wellness/falls-can-kill-you-here-is-how-to-minimize-the-risk-11288824

Babies with healthier diets are more active, sleep better

Physical activity is important at all stages of life. It prevents obesity, improves well-being and reduces the risk of many chronic conditions, such as heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.

Diet is an important factor when it comes to being an active child. The children who were breastfed (breastfeeding has been associated with higher fitness levels in childhood) and those who ate more vegetables were more active. Infants who were less active had a more adult style diet, with juice rather than milk and adult crisps.

As well as improving their activity levels, healthy eating behaviours, such as having a higher vegetable intake, adopted at this age are likely to be carried through life too.

Infants who were active during the day woke up less at night, so they tended to sleep better – although they did move about in their sleep more.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/babies-with-healthier-diets-more-active-sleep-better-11257286

Forum: NParks needs to be more transparent on Ubin

I have mixed feelings regarding the dilemma facing Pulau Ubin (Trouble in paradise, Feb 24).

The free-spirited adventurer in me recoils at the thought of even more rules being enforced.

But the sustainability advocate in me also realises that the National Parks Board (NParks) has a statutory obligation to conserve the flora and fauna within our borders, which includes preventing over-fishing and the mistreatment of wildlife. And this is a responsibility that we all share.

NParks should educate and guide visitors on how to live harmoniously with the natural environment.

When incidents occur, NParks should step in to maintain the balance.

NParks also needs to be more proactive and transparent.

Despite overwhelming testimony from people on the ground, NParks said that it has "not observed any discernible drop in visitorship since" it stopped tracking visitor numbers in 2010.

This is difficult for the public to accept, and I would like to know how it came to this conclusion.

And as for the issue of compensation for Pulau Ubin villagers, they have been stalwarts of the kampung community here, familiar to Singaporeans while providing novel encounters to foreign visitors.

Having invested in their homes - even if they are built on state land - the villagers should be adequately compensated.

Adam Reutens-Tan

Ref: http://str.sg/oaCe

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