sight for sore eyes:Students of Andhra University High School participating in a rangoli competition in Visakhapatnam on Monday.— Photo: K. R. DEEPAK sight for sore eyes:Students of Andhra University High School participating in a rangoli competition in Visakhapatnam on Monday.— Photo: K. R. DEEPAK


Future perfect

Taking up a sport in high school proves beneficial in older age.

Anew study has suggested that boys who get involved in sports in their high schools are more active and healthy in their older age than those who don’t.

The new study looked at what factors of behaviour, background, and personality impact the health of men over 70. The study was conducted by researchers Brian Wansink of Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab and Simone Dohle of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.

The study tracked 712 World War II veterans who were healthy as young men, who had passed a rigorous physical exam when being screened for the military, and surveyed them 50 years later at average of 78 years. The most surprising result was that those who had played a high school sport in the 1930s or early 1940s, reported visiting their doctor fewer times a year.

Also, the best predictor of whether a healthy young man would regularly exercise 50 years later was simply whether he had played a team or individual sport in high school. Many of those who played a high school sport were still active compared to those who didn’t.

Decreased physical activity among youth is a rising concern in the U.S. Inactive children are more likely to be obese and suffer from mental and physical health problems. One way to further assess the importance of physical activity in children and adolescents is to look at the long-term impacts of physical activity on overall health and wellbeing, as this study did. The results emphasise the necessity of encouraging youths to regularly engage in athletic programmes and other exercise activities such as swimming or dance. Physical activity programmes are often hurt by budget cuts, leaving children with fewer or no opportunities to be active on a regular basis. The study is published in BMC Public Health .


DPS lauded for balanced approach

Students of Delhi Public School exhibit their skils at the annual sports day celebrations at Nidamanuru near Vijayawada on Tuesday.A student who is good in sports is bound to be good in academics as well. This strong connection between sports and academics was revealed by a recent study, said Krishna District Sports Secretary N. Srinivasa Rao on Tuesday.

He was addressing students of Delhi Public School (DPS), Vijayawada on the occasion of the school’s 7th annual sports day. Mr. Srinivasa Rao complimented the management of the DPS for giving equal importance to academics as well as sports. Track and field events like 100-mts run, 400×100 mts relay for juniors and seniors and ‘tug of tunnel’ and ‘Clip Clap’ race for tiny tots were held besides an impressive display of karate feats.

The chief guest gave away prizes to winners of the various events.

The overall championship in sports and games was won by Brahmaputra House. The winners included K. Jnana Sri (Ganges House); Individual sub-junior championship (girls), P. Pravishta (Narmada House); Individual sub-junior championship (boys), T. Ananya (Krishna House); Individual Junior Championship (girls), J. Rahul Pundarika (Brahmaputra House); Individual Junior Championship (boys), G. Himaja Varma (Brahmaputra House): Individual Senior Championship (girls) and K. Pratap Reddy (Brahmaputra House); Individual Senior Championship (boys).


The overall championship in sports and games was won by Brahmaputra House



Chekumuki science talent test winners felicitated

Students should appear in various competitions frequently as it would instil self-confidence among children, Rajiv Vidya Mission Project Officer A. Suryanarayana Reddy said while giving away prizes, mementos and certificates to the winners of the District-level Chekumuki Science Talent Test at the municipal high school at Gandhinagar here Sunday.

Yogi Vemana University assistant professor Thummalakunta Sivapratap said that students should not believe in superstitions. Jana Vignana Vedika district general secretary A. Raghunatha Reddy said that as many as 20,000 students participated in the talent test held in 46 mandals, with the cooperation of many government and private schools. Among English medium category, G.V. Nitish, N. Lekhana and K. Bharat were adjudged winners while S. Venkata Saicharan, T. Subbarayudu and V. Subbalakshmi were chosen toppers in Telugu medium category. They will take part in the State-level talent test.

In English medium, the team of Aditya High School, Proddatur stood second and the Narayana Olympiad School, Kadapa, came third. In Telugu medium, students of Viswabharathi High School, Lakkireddipalli, stood second and Viswajyothi High School, Rayachoti secured the third position.


‘Role models can be from any section of society’

Four schools in Reliance quiz semi-finals; finals on December 27

Ch. Priyanka, RDO of Amalapuram Division, said that the young generation could take any leading personality with great character, ethics and values as role models from a cross section of society.

She addressed a large number of students from 16 mandals who participated in the fourth edition of the prestigious district level quiz competition, Reliance Dhirubhai Ambani quiz (RDAQ-2013), held at Ambedkar Bhavan, Amalapuram, on Thursday.

Ms. Priyanka said that Mr. Dhirubhai Ambani, the founder of Reliance Industries, had started his career as a pump boy in a petrol bunk but with his determination and business acumen had built one of the world’s largest petroleum corporations. Paying floral tributes to Mr. Dhirubhai, she asked school children to take him as a role model and said that she was happy to see the large participation of students from government schools.

Senior RIL officials Ravichandran Nageswaran, Head-Support Services, Gadepally Sriramamurthy, Head- HSE, Pankaj Ballabh were present during the inauguration of the quiz and Young World fame V.V. Ramanan was the quiz master.

Good participation

There was a 50 per cent increase in participation with separate stream of prizes announced for government schools. Around 450 students from 110 schools across Amalapuram division took part in the preliminary quiz competition.

Two Government Schools – AP Residential School, Samanasa (L. Sujith Kumar, G. Rakesh Naidu) and ZPHS, Appanapalli (M. Jayasravani, K. Suryalaxmi Nagasivani) in government stream and two private schools Sri Chaitanya High School, Ravulapalem (V.M. Kashyap, Krishna Sastry) and Vidyanidhi High School, Amalapuram (B. Ambarish, KLV Ganesh) in private sector, made it to the semi-finals of the fourth edition of the competition.