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Iloilo sports academy, training center eyed


first_imgThe rooms, track oval and otherfacilities for sports are readily available at the Iloilo Sports Complex. “Wejust need manpower and maybe other materials,” Palabrica said, as the provinceneeds to hire coaches and sports experts to man the academy. Iloilo has produced various sportsicons, such as basketball players Kris Ann Pingol of Pototan, Ronald Tubid ofOton, and Danny Basilan of Passi City; volleyball player Lutrel Bugna of Pavia;and high jump queen Alexi Mae Caimoso of the Iloilo National High School. (With areport from PNA PN) ILOILO – The provincial government is exploring possibilities to establish asports academy and training center to hone the skills of potential Ilonggo athletes. Palabrica said Iloilo is home topotential athletes in track and field, javelin throw, long jump, and high jump,among others. The province will provide the athleteswith allowance, free board and lodging, educational assistance, book, anduniform allowance, among others. The sports academy and training centeris being considered to be located at the Iloilo Sports Complex in this city’sLa Paz District.center_img The academy aims to recruit athletesfrom high school and the tertiary level as Palabrica said Iloilo Gov. ArthurDefensor Jr. wanted home-grown athletes to improve through the help of theprovince. Provincial Board member Matt Palabricaof the third District, with officials of the Department of Education (DepEd)–Iloilo and the Commission on Higher Education, among others, recently convenedfor the proposal. The Iloilo Sports Academy and TrainingCenter is eyed to operate by 2021. “Upon consultation, we have planned tohave a consortium with different state universities and colleges to accommodateour athletes for them to be trained by our academy and at the same time, theycan attend school so as their ambition to become professionals will not behampered,” he said.last_img read more

Exercisers heed call of computer

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsThe group was divided into three: people who got no calls, people who were called by trained health educators and people who got computer calls. The automated calls were interactive – i.e. press “1” if you reached your goal last week – and participants got prerecorded advice on how to overcome challenges. Exercise levels were measured with devices that estimate physical activity and intensity. A lot of participants thought they’d need a real human to get motivated. But in fact, after a year, both of the called groups were topping 150 minutes of exercise a week. Those who got computer calls averaged 157 minutes while human-called participants logged an average 178 minutes. The no-call group averaged only 118 minutes. Abby King, a senior investigator at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, said the study shows that alternative ways can be used to encourage people to become more active. Results of the study, funded by the National Institute on Aging, are in the current issue of the journal Health Psychology. The 62-year-old Horiguchi has worked with computers for decades as a programmer and systems analyst among other things but considers herself a “people person.” And to her surprise, she found herself in tune with computer coaching. “I think it started growing on me immediately. Maybe my mind was more open than I thought it was,” she said. Gender didn’t make a difference on call responsiveness, with both men and women doing well with the computerized version, King said. Researchers are now looking at how to combine people and machines for a cost-effective model that still provides a human touch and are looking at other technological reminding possibilities such as text messages. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BERKELEY – Fitness research shows that when a computer talks the talk, even couch potatoes can be persuaded to walk the walk. Researchers at Stanford University, who studied sedentary people for a year, found that automated exercise reminder phone calls had about the same get-up-and-go power as calls from human counselors. “The recording had a very nice, kind of cheerleader voice. It sounded very natural,” said study participant Rita Horiguchi, who was initially disappointed to be assigned to get computer calls. “She would say things like, `That’s very good. I think you can go a little farther next week.’ So I would do a little bit more.”‘ Horiguchi was one of 218 adults over 55 in the San Francisco Bay Area who took part in the study, known as Community Health Advice by Telephone, or CHAT. The goal was to get them out walking at a brisk pace for 30 minutes most days, or engage in some other medium-intense activity, for a total of about 150 minutes a week. last_img