Page 18

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.

Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf meeting with religious scholars on sectarian harmony at Aiwan-e-Auqaf.

Terror bid foiled LAHORE—A terror bid was foiled at the Jamia Manzoor Islamia in Cantt area here. Jamia Manzoor Islamia spokesman said that the security guards overpowered a suspected suicide bomber on recce approaching the gate of the Jamia. Maps of sensitive places were recovered from the suspected terrorist. The suspect revealed that he hails from Swabi, and was given the task of triggering a feud between the Pushto and Punjabi speaking people by his leaders in Mohmand Agency, while a mission has been sent to Karachi also for creating rift and animosity between different sections of people.— INP

33 teachers upgraded L AHORE —Additional Di-

Visitors keenly viewing paintings displayed during an exhibition at Ajaeb Art Gallery.

Importance being given to process of development STAFF REPORTER LAHORE—A delegation of assembly members of Muslim League-Q, Jamaat-e-Islami and Peoples Party met Punjab Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif at assembly chambers here today and informed him of development problems of their respective areas. They included opposition members Dr. Waseem, Aamir Sultan Cheema, Dr. Afzal, Waqas Moqal, Shahab ud Din, Ahmed Shah Khagga, Kh. Nizam Mehboob and Qazi Ahmed Saeed. Speaking on the occasion, the assembly members of the opposition commended the efforts of Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif for the development of the province. They said that due to special attention being paid to south Punjab, the pace of development has accelerated in this region. They said that unprecedented development activities have been carried out in

PTI offers condolence LAHORE—Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan,provincial president Ejaz Ch, Dr. Yasmeen Rashid, Andleeb Abbas and other officer bearers on Tuesday expressed deep sorrow and grief on the sad demise of actor Abid Kashmiri’s brother-in-law. In a condolence message, they prayed to Almighty Allah to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to the bereaved family members to bear the loss with fortitude.—APP

Bahawalpur, Pakpattan, Rahim Yar Khan, Dera Ghazi Khan and other districts of South Punjab. The opposition assembly members said that they have a separate identity in assembly and should not be associated with Tehrik-e-Insaf in the House. They said that Shahbaz Sharif is working with commitment for the development of the province and welfare of the masses and honest and hard working officers posted in these districts are paying fullest attention to development schemes. Talking to opposition assembly members, the Chief Minister said that due importance will be given to their valuable suggestions in the process of development. He said that uplift schemes are being completed expeditiously in the province especially South Punjab. He said that elected representatives of the masses deserve all respect and their suggestions are as important as those of the members of the treasury benches.

Iconic arts works on display

rector General (HQ) Lahore Development Authority (LDA) Mariam Kayani has ordered the upgradation of 33 Secondary School Teachers, both male and female, working in LDA Model Schools from BS-16 to BS-17. Twenty three female teachers include Abida Shaheen, Nazia Ashraf, Shumaila Moona Tariq, Rukhsana Nazir, Mussarat Qudoce, Nazia Dilawar, Shehla Ihtisham, Ghulam Fatima, Uzma Khadim Hussain, Shumaila Afsheen, Bushra Mukhtar, Memoona Majeed, Sadia Rafique, Samrah Dilpazeer, Tayyaba Abbas, Razia Sultana, Shumaila Sadaf, Farida Siddique, Kanwal Haroon, Saima Saher,Nabila Mehmood, Iram Adil and Shaheen Riaz. Ten male teachers are Muhammad Asif Iqbal, Tariq Azeem, Muhammad Yousaf Anjum, Muhammad Ahmed, Ghulam Nabi Alvi, Misbah-ul-Hassan, Irfan Haider, Fahim Adil, Muhammad Sajid Ramzan and Shakeel Ahmed.— APP

Minister for joint efforts to eliminate sectarianism L AHORE —Federal Minister for Religious Affairs and Interfaith Harmony, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf has stressed the need for making collective efforts to find out root-causes that were destroying the peace of the country. The minister said that a principle must be formulated to refrain such incidents of sectarianism and hatred. He was addressing a meeting of representative Ulema of various sects here at Awain-e-Auqaf on Tuesday. The purpose of the meeting was to improve Sectarian Harmony and gather suggestion from different religious scholars to chalk out a unanimous code of conduct for lasting peace. Provincial Minister for Religious Affairs, Atta Muhammad Manika, Secretary Religious Affairs,

Dr. Muhammad Saqib and DG Religious Affairs Federal Government, Manzoor Ahmed Khairi also addressed the occasion. The meeting after detailed discussion issued a 14 point joint declaration regarding the promotion of sectarian harmony. The features of declaration include: to create unity among muslims, condemn of any terrorism in the country. Reconciliation among all the ulemas from different sectarians. To respect the ulemas of other sectarians. All ulema and scholars should make balance speeches and writings. To ensure the protection and respect of all the holy places of different sectarians. To restore the confidence of ulemas through collective efforts. To

resolve all the sectarian conflicts through dialogue and consultation. Elimination of excitative data in audio/ video or written and abstention for the next time. Respect the Ummuhat-ulMomineen, Sahaba Karam, Ehl-e-Bait, Tabieen, Tiba Tabieen, Anbia Karam and all ulema. To protect the rights of others and pay one’e own duties with devotion. Unity among ulemas over national issues. To make efforts for establishment of peace and end of terrorism in the country. To make a modern literature on research basis for the youth of new age. The minister also stressed the meeting to arrange same meetings and seminars for creating national consensus and establishment of peace.—APP

13 development schemes of Rs11869m approved

L AHORE —Punjab Food L AHORE —The Punjab government on Vehari at a cost of Rs 288.103 million, Wid- Authority (PFA) Chairman Tuesday approved thirteen development schemes with an estimated cost of Rs 11,869.066 million. The approved development schemes included: Upgradation of Thalassemia Unit and Bone Marrow Transplant center at B.V. Hospital Bahalpur. (Revised) at a cost of Rs 908.632 million, Enhancing Vegetable Production in Punjab at a cost of Rs 410.870 million, Replacement of Outlived, Deeper and Inadequate Water Supply Lines in WASA, Lahore (Gastro Phase-II) at a cost of Rs 1917.650 million. Construction of Leftover (SPBUSP) Works of Sullage Carrier from Bosan Road Disposal Station to Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at Suraj Miani and STP to River Chenab, Multan. (Revised) at a cost of Rs 751.490 million, Construction of Express Way from Shujabad to Nag Shah L=26.15 km District Multan at a cost of Rs 1295.473 million. Construction of Bypass at Kehror Pacca length=12.50 km in District Lodhran at a cost of Rs 282.250 million, Widening / Improvement of Tibba Sultan Pur-Mailsi Road length:35.00 km in District Vehari at a cost of Rs 424.696 million, Widening / Improvement of road DM Road to District boundary Khanewal (length: 21.70 km) in District

ening / Improvement of Lahore Sargodha Mianwali Banuu Road Art:2 km No. 297.80 to 346.58=48.78 km & Jinnah Barrage Link Road (length 7.71(-)2.20=5.51 km) total length=54.29 km in District Mianwali at a cost of Rs 2018.138 million, Widening / Improvement of road from Adda Jahan Khan to Kotala Jam Via 36 Wala Khokha & Samlan Wala Morr (length=21.00 km) in District Bhakkar at a cost of Rs. 242.505 million, Rehabilitation / Improvement of Muridke-Narowal Road km No.42/0 to 75/ 21 (length=33.21 km) in District Narowal (Dualization of Road) at a cost of Rs 1586.125 million, Construction / Widening of road from Lahore Ferozepur Road Kahna to Halloki along both sides of Butcher Khana Distributary (length=8.50 km) (Revised) at a cost of Rs 893.365 million and Rehabilitation / Improvement Lawrence College Jhika Gali Bye Pass Road length = 9.35 km, District Rawalpindi at a cost of Rs 412.814 million. These schemes were approved in the 30th meeting of Provincial Development working Party of current fiscal year 2013-14 presided over by the Punjab Planning and Development Board Chairman, Muhammad Irfan Elahi.—APP

Justice (R) Amir Raza Khan has given approval for opening PFA offices in Gujranwala, Rawalpindi and Multan. The approval was accorded in a meeting to review different steps of the Punjab Food Authority and for their approval which was presided over by PFA Chairman here on Tuesday. The PFA Chairman also approved the PFA Information System which was also approved by the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB). Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) signed between Punjab Food Authority and the Government College University Faisalabad and (PFA) and GAIN were also approved in the meeting. Punjab Food Authority logo was also unanimously approved by the members of the authority.— APP

PES rescues 518 accidents’ victims

L A H O R E —A group exhibition of paintings titled “Icons of Art from Pakistan” will be inaugurated here on Thursday February 13. The exhibition is being hosted by Ejaz Art Gallery where Mrs Tehmina Durrani wife of Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif would inaugurate the show. According to the organisers, twelve artists’ works will be displayed including late Allah Bux, Sadequain, Ahmed Pervez and AR Chughtai, Collin David, A.R. Nagori alongside the works by other veterans including Saeed Ak-htar, Jamil Naqsh, Zulqarnain Haider, Bashir Ahmed and Ismail Gulgee. Interestingly, works by M F Hussain, original member of Progressive Artsits Group, have also been included in the exhibition in tribute to the influence cast by him on art sphere in the entire sub-continent. The display is to continue till March 1.—APP

PFA approves different initiatives

A vendor selling heart shape balloons in connection with upcoming Valentine Day.

L AHORE —Punjab Emergency Service has provided rescue service to the victims of 518 road accidents in the Punjab during the last 24 hours. According to Rescue 1122, eight persons were killed while 398 sustained serious injuries who were shifted to different hospitals. The statistics showed that 121 accidents were reported in the city, which affected 127 persons placing the provincial capital at top of the list followed by 51 accidents in Faisalabad with 61 victims and Gujranwala at third with 35 accidents and 37 victims.—APP