School has started in full swing and September is the time when many kids fall sick. Fisrt time nursery going kids and parents have a few extra challenges and fears.
Children cared for at day care centres exhibit a three times greater risk of acquiring infections, especially colds and diarrhoea, than children cared for at home. There are several factors that influence the risks for introduction and spread of infections in child-care settings.
These factors include:
1. The personal hygiene and health status of the caregivers and the children.
2. The condition of the facility (e.g. environmental sanitation, space and quality, food-
handling practices, policies for attendance, etc.).
3. The characteristics of the infectious agent that determine its potential to spread in a
Kids First Group in UAE has done a research with their school parents and found that a major concern for parents and nursery owners is keeping children safe and healthy.
Boecker, a public health company, in cooperation with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) – UK, has created the Safe ChildCare certification programme, a globally recognised certification that ensures that day care centres abide by international standards covering all major safety issues, in order to reassure parents and organise the work of child care centres’ owners.
AbdulHadi Chalak, country manager and Boecker Public Health, outlines the major safety issues that parents should look out for:
1. Licensing standards: Meeting at least minimum licensing requirements is the first step to measuring quality and showing the management’s commitment to providing children with the best environment for safe development and growth.
2. Adequate supervision: There should be adequate caregiver-to-child ratios and a specified group size in the classrooms based on the provided space and the age of admitted children, in a way to assure an appropriate level of adult supervision.
3. Qualified staff: Care providers should be qualified and trained on the basics of child safety and health.
4. Childproofing: As children in nurseries are still learning to balance while walking and are curiosity about exploring the surrounding environment, there is scope for accidents and injuries. It is important to make sure that the spaces are childproofed and that play areas are clean and in good condition.
5. Transmission of illnesses: This is expected in day care centres, however, preventive measures can be implemented.
6. Healthy and safe behaviours: It should be evident to parents that the day care is a healthy and safe place where staff and children wash their hands frequently, surfaces are being cleaned regularly and babies are being put to sleep on their backs. These practices can prevent germs from spreading and keep children and staff safe and healthy.
7. Food safety: Improper handling of food can result in food poisoning incidents and health threatening allergic reactions.
8. Medication and toxic substances: Accidental poisoning is one of the leading causes of injury and death among young children. Always make sure that medicines (when available) and cleaning products are stored in locked childproofed cabinets out of children’s reach and that there’ s a strict medication administration policy.
9. Emergency plan: This should cover all kinds of incidences that may occur during operating hours, including health-related accidents, natural disasters, fire, etc.
10. Staff turnover: Low staff turnover allows children to develop lasting relationships with caregivers. This results from good management practices which focus on teachers’ needs and wellbeing. When teachers are happy, they are more likely to treat children with warmth and positivity.
11. Open-door policy: A safe nursery encourages parents to observe and ask questions, before or after enrolling. This includes checking how teachers wash their hands, how they handle the emotional needs of the children, how staff interact with the children and with each other, etc.
Founded in the US, 9Roundis a few month old in Dubai and is a specialized “30 minute” fitness centre.
The concept is having a workout without being locked into rigid class times. With exercise routines changing daily, 9Round offers a kickboxing themed, full body fitness programme that incorporates functional, interval, cardiovascular, and circuit training regimens, consisting of a proprietary system of nine challenging workout stations developed by a World Champion Kickboxer.
You can arrive when it is suitable to your schedule to start the 30 minute circuit at any time, always supported by a certified 9Round Trainer.
Here’s what happens when you reach 9Round:
● Show up at your convenience; there are no class times
● Trainer wraps your hands for support when punching
● Use heart rate training to stay in your target fat burning zone
● Trainer shows you how to do each exercise based on your fitness level
● Every three minutes, you move to the next exercise station
● After station nine, your 30-minute full-body workout is over
● Access 9Round Nutritional Guidance & one-on-one support
Stations 1 and 2 focus on cardio & strength using dumbbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, jump ropes and other equipment.
Stations 3 until 8 feature Kickbox fitness wherein you punch and kick heavy bags to build power, double end bags to increase coordination and timing, and speed bags to develop shoulder conditioning and speed.
Station 9 is all about Abs & core where you can tighten and strengthen all the muscles in one of the most common trouble spots, which improves your ability to perform any movement you do for work, exercise, or leisure.
We went with one of our viewers who is taking up the 9-week body transformation challenge, which we will be following.
We found the workout intense and quite exhausting as we had never kickboxed or tried this kind of an exercise routine.
We will be following Mehul’s journey through videos, so keep coming back.
Being a sports enthusiast, I have always wanted to try paddle boarding.
I finally got a chance to do a class with Dukite in Dubai. We started at 7am at Jumeirah Fishing harbour.
My instructor Nic Muhl explained some stuff about the inflatable board, its size, where is the handle, proper place to stand and gave some instructions on how tall the paddle should be and how to hold it for the perfect technique.
After the 10 minute theory, we pushed the paddles into the water. I got on to it and was kneeling and paddling for a bit, before I attempted to stand. And stand I did, without falling.
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It was then testing my paddling skills and trying to turn, paddle and go far and wide. There were no major waves, so I was standing throughout the session.
In the 45 minute session, I learnt how to stand properly, where to put my weight, how to turn and paddle fast. While, paddling, saw some fish including a number of jelly fish.
It was a full body workout, as you are using your legs and hands and keeping your weight in the right direction.
Though it was still very hot in the morning, the spot is beautiful to do paddle boarding. You get to see the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa in the distance.
I am definitely going back to do this. Looks like I am going to get addicted.
Costa Coffee UAE launched Nitro Cold Brew in its Jumeirah drive-thru branch in Dubai.
The launch was accompanied by a HIIT workout, specially designed for the nitro cold brew.
Nitro Cold Brew starts as a cold brew made with a single origin Arabica Colombian roast and steeped for 20 hours in fresh, filtered water. The cold brew coffee is then pored through a tap that infuses the drink with nitrogen for a smooth, creamy taste.
Served from the tap, into a frosted glass, the cascading coffee has bubbles that need to settle.
If you love coffee then nitro cold brew is for you, however, if you like it sweet, you can add either caramel or vanilla flavour to it.
Its supposedly guilt-free as Costa claims the nitro cold brew is 1 calorie per mug and after adding the syrup its 3 calories.
We tasted the one with caramel syrup and must say the experience of it being poured from the tap to us waiting for the bubbles settle and then sip was quite intriguing. The coffee was smooth and gave us an instant kick.
This is available in Costa’s Jumeirah drive-thru and dnata building in Business Bay stores, with three other outlets set to offer it in the coming weeks.
Taste it and let us know your experience.
Deliveroo and Barry’s Bootcamp Dubai teamed up to help achieve the ultimate summer body.
It was an afternoon of workout, food and perfect hair.
We started with the bootcamp class which was intense and fun. From running, squats, lunges to jumps, it was a full body workout and we all came out sweating and tired.
We were then offered some super nutritious, healthy and delicious food by Deliveroo. Black lemonade, juices, energy balls to salads, we had it all.
And then there Blowout and Go stylists ready with their wands to make our hair perfect. My hair was braided, while others got some hairdos done.
It was a truly healthy and active afternoon.
There are various types of yoga and yoga instructors. We tried the one at Mad About Dance Studio in Dubai.
The first of the eight classes in the workshop was all about technique and easing into the world of yoga.
The instructor, Sucheta, started by asking if we had any issues with any body parts or injuries. Once all was clear, we concentrated on the breathing technique and learnt how to breathe right.
Slowly and steadily we tried out a few basic yoga poses that were not very tough. The one-hour session made our body relaxed and thoroughly stretched.
The class also corrected my posture, though I need to make a conscious decision to keep that in mind when not in a yoga class.
Yoga certainly helps a lot in leading a healthier lifestyle and I am surely looking forward to having a better posture and learning to breathe right.
Etihad museum in Dubai traces the steps of the unification of the UAE.
Its a mix of the old and the new. The modern white futuristic building houses photos, library, reading room, rooms for films and the constitution.
Our tour started inside the modern building where a guide took us through the process the unification of the Emirates in 1971.
We also visited the Union House, where the unification took place and has been kept in its original form.
We were then taken to the guest palace that can accommodate 300 guests, has an office, a majlis, a dining area and rooms, has been restored.
Inside the museum there photos charting the history of UAE, be it of the founding fathers, the ports to the flags that were used by the 7 emirates before the unification.
The museum has all the technology you can think of. It has a lot of audio visual elements which are very interactive. There are 2 films that are played out as well with one in 3D.
The original constitution is also kept in the museum with a backdrop of a gold wall on which words are displayed visually.
Our tour ended with a gastronomic experience at Seven Sands where we had a sumptuous Emirati meal made out of fresh local ingredients.
Their date pudding is the best we have ever tasted and we can safely say that it is the best in the country.
The entrance to the museum is AED 25 for adults and AED 10 for children.
Etihad museum is the place for your culture and history fix in Dubai.
Do-it-yourself is catching on in Dubai with a few stores providing all the material needed to make something at home.
Speedex Tools has come up with a series of workshops to help DIYers in Dubai.
The latest workshop on furniture painting was led by Julie Fraser. The workshop led us to paint a step stool that we could take home.
The material including the step stool, paint, stencils etc. were provided by Speedex.
The two and a half hour workshop had 25 women wanting to learn how to paint on wood. It was very informative and Julie showed us some tricks to get that perfect finish.
We chose Turquoise Blue as the base colour for the stool and opted to make our own design with masking tape.
Dark Grey was the colour for our design. Another trick was to not use a paint brush for the design but a bobber, which is quite versatile. Depending on the pressure you apply, you can get an ombre effect.
Julie was at hand to tell us not to keep the masking tape for long on the stool. So the minute the paint was dry, everyone gathered around to take off the tape.
We were very happy with the result and came back home with not only a unique step stool but also tips and tricks for future furniture painting.
You can check Speedex Tools’ Facebook page to know of upcoming events.
We are not that much into gyming but definitely into trying different fitness programmes.
So when we heard about the newest spinning studio hitting the city of Dubai, we promptly tried the 7am sprint class at Cadence Theory. What we didn’t know was the sprint class is hard core fitness.
We reached about 7 minutes late and while we were apologetic to start out late, frankly speaking, it was quite relieving that we had to only do 20 minutes of this tough workout.
The studio has black walls and has funky murals painted on it, with a giant cinema-sized screen, a sound system fit for a night club and 32 bikes.
The bikes are super hi-tech and you get your shoes from the reception, that fit onto the bike. We thought that was pretty awesome.
The instructor takes you through the class with some great music. He even comes down to each one and pumps them up to go higher and faster.
There are towels and water bottles on each bike as well.
We enjoyed the workout, however, we would start with a regular 45-minute class to begin with, unless of course you have been spinning for some time.
The first ride won’t cost you a single dirham at Cadence Theory.
The studio offers the hottest global spin craze, Les Mills Virtual, Cadence Theory sees the world-leading 30 and 45 minute RPM programme.
There are 15 classes on offer every week to suit hectic schedules, virtual sessions are priced at AED 60.
For those who prefer a physical in-house instructor, cyclists at Cadence Theory can join one of six different classes (14 throughout the week) from early early morning to late night.
Classes include Sunday night Hip Hop Cycle and Monday and Thursday Club Life (think 45 minutes of constant TUNES), as well as high energy and head-to- toe Sound Theory and RIDE.
The latest Technogym bikes, MyWellness fitness tracking iPhone and Android app, which shares weekly health and fitness reports directly with members, and industry pioneering SCOTT spin shoes are also available free of charge to all cyclists.
Regular classes are priced at AED120, with non-expiring value packages on offer at www.cadencetheory.com
Another fitness revolution comes to Dubai – PRAMA is a functional training system based on spatial references on the floor and walls bringing fitness to life with lights, sound and sensors.
It is a high-intensity, circuit-based workout that claims to quickly improve muscle memory, endurance, strength, balance, speed, agility, reaction time and overall fitness.
The workout provides complete strength and cardio conditioning, burning up to 1,000 calories in just one 45-minute session.
PRAMA by Pavigym at The Fairmont Palm Dubai, is functional training via LED enriched stations with pressure sensitive walls and floors and a variety of lighting options.
We were dead tired after our 40-minute session with 7 stations covering a full body workout.
The trainers control the workouts and are there to help you.
The dark exercise area with flashy lights and circuits involving chasing lights with a ball or running on them, made the workout interesting and fun.
The lights on the floors and walls of the gym are controlled and can be adjusted to fit varying fitness and activity levels.
This class can be attended by all age groups and at all levels. I am sure it’ll be quite a hit with kids as the lights make it special.
PRAMA by Pavigym sessions can be made on Palm.Healthclub@Fairmont.com or 04/ 457 3330