School and family influences on physical activity may be stronger in boys than in girls in Australia, according to a study published March 9, 2016 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Rohan Telford from the University of Canberra, Australia, and colleagues.Scientists have observed what appears to be a gender-based disparity in physical activity among youth, where girls are less active than boys. To better understand the mechanisms that underlie these observed differences, the authors of this study collected data from over 550 boys and girls from 29 schools as part of the Lifestyle of our Kids (LOOK) study in Australia.They measured a variety of factors at ages 8 and 12 including individual fitness (multi-stage run), coordination (throw and catch test) and environmental factors measured using questionnaires of an individual’s perception of competence in physical education, family support for physical activity, and school and extracurricular sports participation. LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterest Share Email The authors found that school and family influences on physical activity may be stronger in boys than in girls in Australia. They found that girls were 19% less active than boys and that lower physical activity among girls was associated with weaker influences at school and at home.Girls were less physically fit compared to boys at age 8, including 18% lower cardio-respiratory fitness, 44% lower eye-hand coordination, higher percent body fat, and 9% lower perceived competence in physical education. The authors state that a variety of variables not measured in this study may also contribute to physical activity levels in children, but that the factors measured could be modified and potentially reduce the gap in physical activity between boys and girls.Based on these results, the authors suggest strategies aiming to increase physical activity should focus on a variety of areas simultaneously, including home, school, and extracurricular activities, paying particular attention to equality of support and opportunities for girls and boys.
Wine, chocolate and dancing 2-5 p.m. Saturday at Pajarito. Courtesy photoCOMMUNITY News:Pajarito is showing the love this Valentine’s Day with wine, chocolate and dancing.The event is actually 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 and includes: Chocolate from Rose Chocolatier;Wine from Unquarked; andMusic and dancing from El Duo del Sabor “Sol Y Luna” featuring Carlos Fontana the lead singer for Nosotros.This event is FREE for skiers and snowboarders with a $7 cover charge for nonskiing or snowboarding guests.
Top pick Mikki Isle scored his first Grade One title with victory at the NHK Mile Cup on Sunday.The 3-year-old colt beat 17th favorite Tagano Burg by a neck at Tokyo Racecourse, covering the 1,600-meter turf tack in 1 minute, 33.2 seconds to earn ¥92 million in prize money. Twelfth pick Kings of the Sun was third. KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES NHK Mile Cup, Mikki Isle IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
0Shares0000Philippe Coutinho has pledged his future to Liverpool.PHOTO/Sky SportsLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 25 – Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho has committed his future to Liverpool by signing a new “long-term” contract, the Premier League giants announced on Wednesday.Liverpool did not reveal details of the deal, but reports suggest Coutinho has signed a five-year contract worth between Sh19.6mn (£150,000) and Sh26.1mn (£200,000) per week. Coutinho, 24, joined Liverpool from Inter Milan in a Sh1.1bn (£8.5 million) move in January 2013 and has since become the team’s attacking fulcrum, scoring 34 goals in 163 appearances.“Ever since my arrival here, I was welcomed with open arms by the supporters and everyone at this football club,” Coutinho said in comments published on the Liverpool website.“This is an important factor that carries weight when you decide to remain here for a longer period and this did have a lot of weight when I thought about the renewal of my contract.“I can only thank every supporter for their faith in me. I really hope to repay them. I will do my very best on the pitch to create assists for my team-mates and score goals for us to try and win trophies and titles.”An artful attacking midfielder and set-piece specialist with an eye for the spectacular, Coutinho has been capped 23 times by Brazil, scoring six goals.He has been in sparkling form this season, scoring six goals in 18 games, and was badly missed by Liverpool after sustaining an ankle ligament injury in November that kept him out for seven weeks.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said Coutinho’s new contract, which is not thought to include a release clause, represented a “big statement”.“He is truly world-class — in that very top bracket,” Klopp said.“The fact he wants to stay here and be part of what we are looking to build and develop shows his personal commitment is to make himself better and be an integral part of something that is very special.“We have total belief in our project, but when a player of Phil’s calibre and status commits for this length of time it shows that our faith is shared throughout the game.“He knows he can fulfil his dreams and ambitions here at Liverpool. This is a big statement. I look forward to seeing Phil create many more great memories and moments for this club.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)