Thursday, 26 December 2019

A reminder of what is BOXING DAY

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In the old days, after Christmas, the servants and helpers of rich families were allowed to take home the leftovers of turkeys and other food after Christmas in boxes (what we call takeaway nowadays), in addition to gifts and bonuses given to them by their bosses to thank them for their services.

Samuel Pepys, a naval administrator and Member of Parliament, is famous for writing in his diary in 1663: “Thence by coach to my shoemaker’s and paid all there, and gave something to the boys’ box against Christmas.”


Walking or cycling to work 'cuts your risk of a heart attack'

Commuters should walk or cycle to work to cut their risk of suffering a heart attack, research suggests.

Data from 43million people in England showed rates of heart attacks were lower in areas where 'active commuting' is popular.

The benefit was small – just a 1.7 per cent risk reduction – but applied to both men and women, Leeds University researchers found.

They have now called for employers to make it easier for workers, who often spend hours stuck in cars and on trains, to be active on their commute.


Forum: Sports can help develop a person's character

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While Singapore has punched above its weight in the sports arena, it is far from having developed a sports culture (Sporting Singapore Medals, top events, yes. But sports culture?, Dec 22).

Many parents and educators have overemphasised the value of academic subjects and underrated the importance of strengthening key life skills through co-curricular activities, including sports.

Active participation in sports can help to develop a person's character and leadership skills. Sports also help people learn to work in teams. Sports develop a fighting spirit and practitioners learn how to be flexible, agile and adaptable, and to commit to constant improvements.

These traits may help Singapore grow stronger and achieve greater success.

Patrick Liew Siow Gian (Dr)
Wrestling Federation of Singapore


Overweight people generate an extra 700 MILLION tons of carbon dioxide a year

Obese people generate an extra 700 million tons of carbon dioxide per year than those with 'normal weight', according to a new study.

Research from The Obesity Society has revealed that obese people account for about 1.6% of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions.

This is due to a combination of higher metabolic rates and the environmental impact of both producing the food and the increased fuel required to transport obese people, according to the researchers.


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