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Older kids can teach younger peers to be healthy


LEMENTARY school children who took part in a healthy living pro gram with older peers reduced their waist sizes and showed improvements in self-esteem, according to a new Canadian study. In the so-called Healthy Buddies program, students learn about healthy foods, physical activity and positive body image from older kids, rather than adult teachers or coaches. Researchers say the program could potentially reduce rates of childhood obesity. “We recognized that in Manitoba and particularly in our northern regions rates of childhood obesity are fairly high,” Jonathan McGavock told Reuters Health. McGavock, from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, co-authored the study that was a collaboration between his university and policymakers in the province of Manitoba. “About one in three children are overweight or obese and in some communities it’s up to one in two, so 50 percent of our youth,” he said. McGavock said previous schoolbased interventions or afterschool programs hadn’t worked to reduce obesity. “A new model had come out where a group at the University of British Colum-

bia (also in Canada) had developed a peer mentoring program that relied on older peers delivering the healthy living messages to younger peers and it looked like it had worked,” McGavock said. He said early studies of the Healthy Buddies program looked promising, but Manitoba policymakers wanted stronger evidence and to see whether they could disseminate it widely across the province. The program features 21 weekly lessons focused on physical activity, healthy eating or positive body image using three slogans: “Go Move!”, “Go Fuel!” and “Go Feel Good!” In the fall of 2009, the researchers enrolled 647 students from 19 elementary schools in Manitoba in their study. Students from 10 schools were randomly selected to receive the Healthy Buddies curriculum and nine were put on a waiting list and served as a control group. About half of the students attended rural schools and 36 percent were overweight or obese. At the start of the study, the researchers measured kids’ waists, calculated their body mass index - a measure of weight relative to height - and assessed the children’s physical activity and fitness levels, self-esteem, knowledge of healthy living and eating habits.

Sindh CM for foolproof security to anti-polio volunteers

Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah presiding over a meeting to ensure foolproof security cover to anti-polio teams at CM House.

STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Qaim Ali Shah has strictly directed the Law Enforcing Agencies to ensure fool-proof security cover to Anti-Polio teams in Karachi and stressed upon them to evolve such a strategy so that neither any attack on Anti-Polio team be made nor Polio case be emerged in future. He said that likewise terrorists, Polio virus was also big threat to nation and officers and organization concerned must combat with these twin menaces. This he directed while presiding over meeting to ensure fool-proof security cover to AntiPolio teams in Karachi held at CM House Tuesday. The Additional Chief Secretary Home Syed Mumtaz Ali Shah, Secretary to CM Sindh Rai Sikandar, Additional IG of Police Shahid Hayat, Additional Secretary Health Dr Mansoor Zaidi, Dr Muhammad Salah and Dr Motoku from World Health Organization (W.H.O), Dr Ahmed Ali focal person on Polio and other officers of lined departments attended the meeting. The CM said that henceforth SSP of the concerned district would be responsible for any

Governor Dr Ishratul Ibad, Senior Minister Nisar Khuhro, Sindh Assembly Speaker Agha Siraj Durrani, US Consul General Michael Dodman, US ambassador Richard Olson and MQM leader Farooq Sattar cutting a cake to celebrate anniversary of US independence at a reception held at the residence of US consul general.—PO photo by Sultan Chaki

KMC Administrator reviews arrangements of Aalmi Mushaira STAFF REPORTER KARACHI—Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC) Administrator Rauf Akhtar Farooqui has said that hosting of Aalmi Mushaira was an honor for Karachi and KMC will fully cooperate in the holding of Aalmi Mushaira. He said this while talking to a delegation of Sakinan-e Shehr-e Quaid Mushaira Committee. The delegation under the supervision of Azhar Abbas Hashmi met with Administrator Karachi. On this occasion representatives of Mushaira Committee Mehmood Ahmed Khan, Farhan-urRehman, Najamuddin Shaikh, Mushtaq Ahmed,

Muhammad Aslam, M. Yameen Khan, Hassan Imam Siddiqui, Shahab Mehboob Ghori and from KMC Director Media Management Ali Hassan Sajid, Director Medical Services Muhammad Ali Abbasi, Director E&IP Bashir Saddozai and others were also present. Administrator Karachi said that Mushairas were part of our cultural traditions which provide the opportunity to citizens to listen and review our language and literature while promoting the language. Karachi Metropolitan Corporation will play key role in the holding of Aalmi Mushaira in the city. Later while reviewing the arrangements for Aalmi

Bilawal condemns cinema blasts in Peshawar STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Patron-in-Chief of Pakistan People’s Party Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has strongly condemned the terrorist attacks on a cinema in Peshawar today, which resulted into loss of precious human lives and called it an inhuman and beastly act. In a statement, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said that mosques, schools, hospitals, cinemas and other public places are being attacked by the terrorists to keep the people illiterate, maimed and spiritually hollow to hold the masses of Pakistan captive. “Terrorists need to be dealt with an iron hand instead of appeasing them to protect Pakistan and its founding ideology”, he added. PPP Patron sympathized with the families of victims who lost their lives and limbs in the blasts and expressed solidarity with them.

Mushaira he said that it was a cultural event and such events emerge soft image of the city and citizens. He said that the efforts of Sakinan-e Shehr-e Quaid Mushaira were worth admiring and promoting these kinds of activities was very important.

breach in security cover to Anti-Polio teams and no excuse in the regard would be maintained. He was of the view that attacks on Anti-Polio teams are not only affecting the Anti-Polio campaign but also causing bad name to the Government as well, which could not be tolerated. He directed Provincial Health Authorities to ensure 100% coverage of Administrating Anti-Polio drops to the children under -5 years of age by activating mobile and fixed medical units assigned for the purpose. The CM directed in principal secretary to monitor the security arrangements for Anti Polio teams and immediately reports him in case of any bottleneck or security lope holes. The Additional IG of Police Shahid Hayat while briefing the meeting about security measures said that a fool proof security plan has been planned in consultation with Health Department. He said that as many as 3000 Police personals would be deployed in the areas, where Anti-Polio teams to perform their task/ duties. He said that all entries and exist points of these areas would be closed and strict vigilance would be made on miscreants/ terrorists. He said that strategy to provide fool proof security to

the Anti-Polio teams has been made in such a way so that neither terrorist could enter nor escape from the encircled area of Anti-Polio campaign. The Additional Secretary Health Dr Mansoor Zaidi while briefing the meeting said that keeping in view the sensitivity and vulnerability of Polio virus; the areas of Karachi have been bifurcated in three categories because of its sensitivity. He said that more attention was being paid to the areas fallen under category-I, where multiple rounds of Polio drops and all multiple intervention of Health campaign has been planned up to May 2014. He said that total 2, 147,845 children under 05 years of age residing in areas from 1 to 3 category would be administered Polio drops with facility of 7832 Polio workers in Karachi. Dr Muhammad Salah from WHO expressed his satisfaction on the Anti-Polio campaign in the Interior Sindh and also pointed out difficulties because of law and order situation in Karachi. He said that Karachi and Peshawar were Polio virus affected cities of Pakistan and same must be treated accordingly.

Police preparing arrest Fahad Aziz STAFF REPORTER K ARACHI —Fahad Aziz, worker of the Muttahidda Qaumi Movement (MQM) would likely be arrested again by Karachi Police as Police claimed they had gathered vital information about his involvement in criminal activities. Police claimed they had also raided his home on day of Mayoo, a period when the groom is restricted to stay at home till his marriage day. Police had arrested Fahad Aziz on his marriage day when he was returning home after his marriage was matured legally. He was arrested from Shah Faisal Colony

Bridge and was taken to Shah Faisal Colony Police Stations, where he was subjected to brutal physical and mental torture. On his arrest, the MQM had along with families of groom and bride staged a protest sit-in at the Karachi Press club at about 2 AM and then at the Sindh Chief Minister House. MQM Coordination Committee had stated that the party would launch a protest movement against Police atrocities and the MQM Chief had also address a press conference from London the other day and had appealed to the Chief of Army Staff general Raheel Sharif to take notice of Police atrocities.

Shabana Aazmi pays tribute to Bilawal for organizing Sindh Festival IRFAN ALIGI KARACHI—Bilawal Bhutto Zardari deserved due applause and tribute for launch of Sindh Festival in a quite versatile style due to which the culture of Sindh had gained momentum across the world. People of India and Pakistan had both desires for free cordial interaction, peace and brotherhood and promotion of arts and culture between the two countries. Therefore, the people of the two countries should lay stress on their respective governments to come closer to each other for the sake of peace and prosperity of the people of the two countries. Legendary Indian film star Shabana Aazmi expressed these views on the occasion of her visit to Bagh Ibn-e Qasim in Clifton, Karachi Tuesday. She was accompanied by PPPP leader Syed Owais Muzaffar Hashmi. Shabana Aazmi visited around the stalls of the ‘City Festival’ being es-

tablished at Bagh Ibn-e Qasim in Clifton, Karachi. She also did some shopping there and purchased some items that carried a depiction of Sindh’s culture. “I feel sense of oneness here in Pakistan and my mother also used to visit Pakistan and was fond of buying goods of Pakistani origin’, Shabana asserted. “ Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarian Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari deserved due tribute for his efforts he had organized the Sindh Festival due to which the culture of Sindh had been introduced to the people around the world.” Speaking on the occasion, PPPP leader Syed Owais Muzaffar Hashmi said that Bilawal Bhutto Zardari had amid the suffocating situation of arson and carnage across the country had organized Sindh Festival, which provided a platform to the people to attain satiety to their recreational needs.

Food Minister takes notice of mixing damaged wheat into good wheat STAFF REPORTER KARACHI —Sindh Minister for Food Jam Mehtab Hussain Dahar, while taking serious notice of mixing damaged wheat into healthy and neat wheat by the employees of Procurement Centre Mirpur Mathelo, has suspended the food supervisor concerned and ordered to inquire into the matter.