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Attending a sports club should be mandatory for kids says Labour MP

Attending a sports club should be mandatory for kids says Labour MP
Nov 19 2021 Share

Labour MP Jean Claude Micallef proposed making it mandatory for all children to join a sports club to improve wellness and fitness in Malta. Speaking during a parliamentary meeting last Wednesday, he said that ‘just like its mandatory for parents to send their children to school, with fines if they refuse, we must look at enrolment of five to 15-year-olds at sports clubs.’ 

He said that this would help create a new economy that Malta is ‘crying out for’, help children become more competitive, athletic and fit, and also guarantee sustainability. He also highlighted how these are the magic years when it ‘comes to choosing talent ahead of progress to elite sport.’ Micallef called for a small tax to be levied on high-fat foods, with the proceeds going to the sports industry. 

Apart from this he proposed allocating a percentage of revenue from sports books towards sports, ensuring the gaming industry can aid the sporting sector. ‘Through these measures, along with a dedicated budget, we can move towards a political direction that will help build the sporting sector, as well as a culture of excellence through which our children will adopt a more active lifestyle and become disciplined enough to refuse harmful things.’ 

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COVID booster side effects ‘nothing to worry about’ say doctors

COVID booster side effects ‘nothing to worry about’ say doctors
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Doctors have observed that many of those who received the COVID-19 booster shot experienced stronger side effects than they did when receiving the first doses.However, the same medical professionals are stating that these side-effects are nothing to worry or stress about. They should be instead seen as a reassuring sign that the vaccine is working. 

Edward Zammit, the president of the Malta College of Family Doctors, and Tanya Melillo, head of the Public Health Response Team, both confirmed more people complaining about side effects than they did when the first shots were administered. The side effects mainly consist of fever and aches lasting no longer than 12 to 24 hours. Side effects are also a sign that the immune system is responding well to the booster by fighting back. 

According to research, giving a booster jab made by a different manufacturer to the first two doses results in a stronger boost. Malta’s booster campaign kicked off in September, when residents in care homes for the elderly started receiving the third dose. The booster shot is currently being administered to healthcare workers and teachers before being rolled out to over-12 population. 

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Austria to make vaccination mandatory and imposes full lockdown

Austria to make vaccination mandatory and imposes full lockdown
Nov 19 2021 Share

Austria has become the first in the EU to make the vaccine mandatory as the number of COVID-19 cases spike drastically. Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg announced the news Friday, also revealing a lockdown for all, one step further from the previously announced lockdown for the unvaccinated.

Vaccination is planned to be made mandatory as of February 1st of 2022, with the lockdown starting from Monday and evaluated after 10 days. Addressing a press conference, the chancellor stated that despite months of persuasion, the government did not manage to convince enough people to receive the jab. 

He even blamed those refusing vaccination for an attack on the health system. People are thus no longer allowed to leave their house unless for very few exceptions. These include shopping for essentials and exercising. Infections continued to rise, with a new record being reached on Thursday. 15,000 new cases were recorded in the population of around nine million people. 66% of the population are now fully jabbed, slightly below the EU average of more than 67%. Restrictions in other European countries are also being tightened as the entire continent experiences a massive surge. 

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Fitness Goals? 5 reasons why you need a personal trainer

Fitness Goals? FitVit Personal Trainers will guide you step by step
Nov 19 2021 Share

Embarking on a fitness journey might seem daunting if you’re going at it alone. Here are 5 reasons why a personal trainer is the solution to all the questions you have about everything from diet to exercise to even specific injuries.

Expert Opinion – A personal trainer is specifically knowledgeable about all the innovative approaches in optimising the beneficial effects of physical activity, making better choices which can improve health outcomes and identifying the health risk factors. 

Diet – What and how you eat is a crucial aspect to accompany your workout regime. A personal trainer can form a holistic plan for your journey, to facilitate it and make it enjoyable along the way.

Accountability – A fitness journey should be a combination of responsibility and enjoyment. A personal trainer has the perfect sauce to bring the two together – accountability. It’s all about checking in with a positive future in mind to remind you of what the results will look like!

Variety – Whether it’s aerobic exercise, cross fitness or cognitive behavioural therapy, personal trainers will get to know your style and carve your fitness future through a wide range of exercises.  Maybe you want to achieve the perfect pushup, master the exercise ball or smash the 7 minute workout. They’ve got you covered!

Recovery – If you’re concerned about any specific illnesses, injuries or conditions, the personal trainer has your back for all of it. Injuries can pop out of nowhere, but a personal trainer will be there to address them as soon as you need them. No time wasted so you get back on track and into your workouts!

FitVit is the innovative approach which brings these all together. What differentiates this programme from everything else is that you will be provided with health checks throughout the programme from a holistically personal perspective.

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