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Shahrom Sulaiman was a football reporter and writer from 2002 till 2007. He wrote for various columns and magazines such as, Football Weekly and The New Paper.

He has always been a football fanatic and has attended many live local football matches to watch LionsXII or Geylang International. The only teams that he has watched live overseas are Paris Saint Germain and Caan in Paris.

He will enthusiastically analyse soccer matches and has a dream that Walking Football can be further expanded for the ageing football enthusiasts and a proper competitive league can be formed in the years to come

A Tale of Two (Walking Football) Men
Reported by Shahrom Sulaiman

As the sun sets on another successful Walking Football training session held at Bedok North Secondary School, two gentlemen cut a spirited shadow of their vibrant selves as they proceeded to make their way to pack the training equipment.

The first gentleman, …
Nutrition: About Fats and Oils 

Feeling breathless? Fatigue all the time? Challenged with hypertension, diabetes or high cholestrol? Obese? Are you a high risk profile for stroke and heart attack? 
Time to take care of your heart health by  - Encouraging healthy fats in the diet. How? By replacing animal fats with vegetable fats
- Decrease levels of saturated fats (fats that come from meats, poultry, cheese, dairy products and tropical oils - e.g. coconut and palm oils) to reduce their risk of heart disease. 
Replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats, which include polyunsaturated fats and monounsaturated fats.  This decreases the levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol as well as fats in the blood called triglycerides, which are risk factors for heart disease.
Studies have shown that if people replace saturated fats with polyunsaturated fats, they reduce their risk of heart disease somewhat more than if they replace saturated fats with monounsaturated fats. Replacing saturat…
Vitamins and minerals - from your plate - not from your medicine cabinet, FIRSTLY.
Important things we MUST have on our plate: Fiber + Vitamins & Minerals + Phytochemicals

Fiber is the part of plant foods that we cannot digest.  What does fibre-rich food do? It helps  - reduce total and LDL ("bad") cholesterol,  - improve blood sugar control and  - prevent constipation.  High-fiber foods make you full faster and hungry slower. It is excellent for weight management. 
Good high-fiber foods: brown rice bulgur (cracked wheat) barley oats nuts beans and lentils apples blueberries carrots Vitamins and minerals. Vitamins are organic substances found in plants and animals and minerals are inorganic elements from the earth (soil and water). They are both are essential for normal growth and optimal health. Vitamins and minerals that are crucial for good health, and the following are the best food sources of each: vitamin A — carrots, sweet potatoes, spinach, kale vitamin B12 — meat, p…
Healing your cough Apart from taking cough medication from the pharmacy or you are on a dosage of antibiotics prescribed by the doctor, how else do you take care of that cough?  Hot Chicken soup Chicken soup is a traditional remedy for cold and coughs. Include onions, sweet potato, carrots, celery and parsley in it. Researchers at the University of Nebraska found that it acts as an anti-inflammatory, and speeds up the discharge of mucus to ease the symptoms of coughs and colds.  Menthol/essential oils Essential oils containing menthol and eucalyptus:  Menthol works as a mild anaesthetic and is used to relieve sore throats. Menthol gives a cool sensation to the mouth and throat giving it relief from nasal congestion. It also relieves the symptoms of sore throats and coughs by a local anaesthetic action. It may also help to inhibit infection of the airway. Duck liver Oscillococcinum is a medicine made from the heart and liver of the duck effective in treating flu symptoms and cough. 
"Please teacher, may i go out?" (INCONTINENCE)

Do you find that you experience the urgency to urinate very frequently, even when the urine that you release is just a trickle or sometimes none at all? These urinary symptoms include frequency, urgency, and burning. This is Incontinence. For women, incontinence is a common side effect of childbirth. In men, most often it is a side effect of treatment for prostate problems. Visit the doctor to be examined. If you have determined that it is not a case of UTI (urinary tract infection), then it is time not to take bladder control for granted.  These are steps you can take to lower the chances of incontinence:

Watch your weight kilos. Just losing that excess weight can do wonders for women especially. Extra abdominal fat weakens the pelvic floor muscles and lead to stress incontinence (leaking when coughing, laughing, sneezing, etc.).                                            Smoking is a No-No. Smoking doubles the likelihood that a …

We need to eat MORE in order

-  to weigh less (healthy body weight); -  to improve our body systems for speedy recovery  of  medical conditions and injuries and -  overall good health and improved body performance

Not eating enough or calorie restriction results in not getting enough nutrients . Hence, your body breaks down with sickness and slow recovery.  No-fat diets can actually malnourish us, stressing out our bodies. 
Women: 1500 - 1800 calories per day Men: 1800 - 2400 calories per day
The above are based on your activity level. The more active you are,  you can eat up to 1800 calories for women for instance. If you are sedentary, keep to 1500 calories per day. 
How active are you?  Exercise recommendations for health: American College of Sports Medicine recommends 150 minutes per week of moderate intensity exercise per week for healthy individuals. For weight management and if you have medical conditions, you need to cloc…