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Chevron Canstar wins PM Thaksin Shinawatra Ice Hockey trophy

40,000 people get into the swing of aerobics

Taylormade Adidas Golf (Thailand) launches latest in driver technology

Quizzing the Cricketers

Thanad Duangchan wins Bully Bowl Step Ladder Bowling championship

Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

Fitness Tips

Chiangmai SportRoundup

Chevron Canstar wins PM Thaksin Shinawatra Ice Hockey trophy

Rocket Thailand finishes second

Supatatt Dangkrueng

Chevron Canstar won the Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Trophy, top prize in the recent ice hockey tournament held at Bully Sky Ice on the 5th floor of Kad Suan Kaew.

Chiang Mai Sports Association director, Sakhon Phongphuttakun cut the ceremonial ribbon during the opening ceremony, and then watched the first games of the match.

Getting set up for the monster slapshot!

Canstar came out flying in championship game against Rocket Thailand on April 7, and with their close checking and precision passing earned a hard fought 5-1 victory. Their spoils of victory included 5,000 baht cash and the coveted PM Thaksin Shinawatra trophy.

Five teams took part in the tournament: Chevron Canstar, Panther, Rocket Thailand, Chiang Mai Falcon and Chiang Mai Sky Ice. The competition took place April 4-7 in cooperation with the Thailand Ice Hockey Association and Kad Suan Kaew Shopping Complex.

Ready to get underway in the first round of the competition.

Cute girls led the parade of the players onto the ice rink.

The Saraphi Wittayakom School marching band provided added excitement throughout the competition, from opening to closing.

Chevron Canstar, champions of the 2nd Thailand Ice Hockey Competition.

The competition was part of the celebrations being held for Bully Family’s third anniversary. The Bully Family businesses include Bully Sky Ice, Bully Sing Along and Bully Bowl.

Sakhon Phongphuttakun, Chiang Mai Sports Association director, presided over the opening ceremony on April 4, and then stayed around to watch the first match between Sky Ice and Falcon.

Rocket Thailand finished first runner-up, and Chiang Mai Sky Ice finished the second runner-up.

Deputy Chiang Mai Governor Parinya Panthong came to see the final match, presided over the closing ceremony, and then conferred the prizes to the winners.


40,000 people get into the swing of aerobics

Public Health Minister leads by example

Supatatt Dangkrueng

More than 40,000 people in the northern region, under the supervision of Public Health, Zone 10, gathered for a mass aerobics exercise held at the 700th Anniversary Sports Stadium on April 10.

Public Health Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan (center) shows her step in the mass aerobics campaign held last week at the 700th Anniversary Sports Stadium.

It was a sea of colorful bodies in motion, as thousands of people exercised in sync.

Wheelchair athletes also participated in the mass aerobics.

Bin Banluerit, MC and actor, joined show and kept in step up on stage.

Participants came from Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, Phayao, Lamphun, Lampang and Chiang Mai. This was part of a campaign to encourage people to do exercises regularly. It was first held at Sanam Luang in Bangkok in November last year. Since then, mass aerobics have been held in other regions under the supervisions of Provincial Public Health Offices and Chiang Mai Zone 10 area was the last one.

Public Health Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan led the exercises. The mass aerobics took about 30 minutes and Minister Sudarat went the full distance. She said, “Doing exercises is good for health, and I am glad that the northern people gathering here today are going to be healthy.”

Following the government launching the mass aerobics project, health clubs have been springing up in the communities and now more than 20,000 people are taking part. This is a good start and it is hoped that the number of clubs and participants will increase in the near future.

Minister Sudarat said that even after this campaign ends, people will most likely continue doing exercises regularly. They should spend a minimum 30 minutes doing exercises 3-5 times a week, and that is enough to be healthy, she said.

Finally, she said that when we are healthy, we will have immunity against viruses and bacteria, including SARS.


Taylormade Adidas Golf (Thailand) launches latest in driver technology

Supatatt Dangkrueng

Taylormade Adidas Golf (Thailand) launched its latest model golf driver, the XR-05 in Chiang Mai at the Chiengmai Gymkhana Club on April 4.

Sushai Suwachanakorn presents the latest model golf driver to Maj Gen Thawat Jaruglus.

Glamour girls present the latest model golf driver; XR-05, from Taylormade Adidas Golf (Thailand).

Major General Thawat Jaruglus, the commander of 33rd Military Circle, presided over the event and was presented with one to try by Sushai Suwachanakorn, manager of Taylormade Adidas Golf (Thailand).

Driver XR-05 is developed from the former XR-03 model. The development and research team showed that by using the XR-05 it could increase the speed of a golf ball by 1.9 meters per second, giving it added distance.


Quizzing the Cricketers

About 120 participants and guests of the recent ‘Cricket Sixes’ enjoyed the traditional Quiz Night held earlier this month at the Amari Rincome’s poolside. Shown here is the winning team, plus the 1st runner-up, flanked by GM Marc Dumur on the left and tournament director Maurice Bromley on the right.


Thanad Duangchan wins Bully Bowl Step Ladder Bowling championship

During the closing ceremony of the competition, Chiang Mai Deputy Governor Parinya Panthong (left) presented the coveted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Trophy and other prizes to Thanad Duangchan, winner of the Bully Bowl Step Ladder Championship held at Kad Suan Kaew shopping complex.


Chiang Mai HHH Corner - “On On!”

CH3, the oldest hash club (males) in Chiang Mai is picked up from the “ONON” pub (Moon Mueng Soi 1) at 16.00 once every 2 weeks. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CSH3 is a mixed Saturday hash which is picked up from the H3 Pub on Moon Mueng Road every Saturday at 15.30. Pick up can be arranged from Fish and Chips shop as well.

CUMH3 is a male hash which runs from the “ONON” Pub every consecutive (from CH3) Tuesday. Pick up is at 16.00.

BH3 is a female hash (Harriettes) that runs once a month on the last Sunday of the month.

All information either from Fish and Chips, H3 or “ONON” Pub. Or look at the websites at: http://www.thai-american.com/hhh/

It’s great fun and you surely get value for your money plus you get to meet all the long-time expats here!


Fitness Tips: A BIG problem - part 1

G’day readers,

A couple of interesting things that I came across this week talking about the 2 biggest risks in the modern society at large.

Stressful jobs barrier to exercise

Work demands, stress and deadlines force employees to forgo their exercise program, according to a new study published in the Journal of Occupational Health and Psychology.

Researchers from Middlesex University (UK) surveyed 200 employees of a computer company about exercise intentions. They were surveyed again a week later to see if they followed through on those intentions. Results indicated that employees who were classified as performing high-stress jobs with high demands and little control over their work were less likely to exercise than their colleagues.

Employees who expressed an intention to exercise, yet failed to do so, were most likely to blame work demands as their barrier to exercise.

“People in high-strain jobs may not have the time for exercise or they may be too fatigued to exercise because they need more time to recover after the working day,” said lead researcher Dr. Nicola Payne. Let’s put a little perspective into this; an interesting quote was dug up by the staff at the Bangkok Post this week, I can’t recall the exact words but it went a little like this: A sign of an impending nervous breakdown is when an individual believes that their company would fall apart if they were not the person doing their job.

Obesity epidemic tops 1.7bn

The number of obese people in the world may be as high as 1.7bn, experts have calculated. The International Obesity Taskforce (IOTF) says that the current method of calculating obesity - which gives a figure of around half of this - is flawed. This because it fails to take into consideration the fact that Asian people seem to be more vulnerable than other racial groups to the effects of excess weight. Professor Philip James, IOTF chairman, said the under-estimate had contributed to a failure of governments around the world to tackle the growing problem of obesity.

Speaking at a meeting of international obesity specialists in Monte Carlo, Professor James said that appropriate medical treatment was rarely provided to manage obesity. Yet, it was clearly established that even a modest weight reduction and improved weight control could bring health benefits, and relieve the burden on hard-pressed health systems.

Whether or not a person is overweight is currently defined by a measure called Body Mass Index (BMI), a calculation that compares height and weight. (To calculate your body mass index, divide your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters.)

For example if you are 6 foot tall and weigh 175lbs (for the Americans) for the rest of us that’s 181cm and 79.5kg - you calculate it like this:

BMI = kg/h2

= 79.5/(1.81)2

= 79.5/3.27

BMI = 24.31

A person with a BMI of 25 and above is defined as overweight, and somebody with a BMI of above 30 is obese.

However, an expert group from the World Health Organization, of which Professor James is a member, says that Asian people with a BMI of only 23.3 may be at increased risk of obesity-related diseases. The IOFT estimates that a significant proportion of the 3.6 billion people who live in Asia have a BMI above this figure.

Continued next week... Until then,

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