JUNE 28, 2007
 (STAR) By Helen Flores - The proliferation of computer games in the country is exposing Filipino children to some health risks, the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) said yesterday.

The FNRI, which is under the Department of Science and Technology, found in a recent study that most schoolchildren aged nine to 12, from public and private elementary schools, are less active.

The study reveals greater number of children perform sedentary activities.

“During weekdays, watching TV, VCD, VHS and DVD was the usual activity after school. While on weekends, playing video games and watching TV three to four times were noted,” the FNRI said.

“The result of this study shows that Filipino children are less active, (and this) needs immediate attention,” the FNRI said.

The research institute said simple activities like strolling in the park, bicycle riding or hiking every weekend would help children achieve a healthy body.

“These activities, however, are not limited to outdoor or exercises,” the FNRI said. “Doing household chores together such as gardening or cleaning the house are also better alternatives.”

Physical activity would result in a healthy heart, healthy muscles and bones. It also leads to better sleep, better stress management and more energy, the FNRI said.

Aside from daily exercise, the FNRI also urges children and adults to establish good eating habits to prevent obesity.

The FNRI is the principal research arm of the government in food and nutrition.

Jobs website launched featuring video resumé By Rainier Allan Ronda Thursday, June 28, 2007

A fledgling information technology (IT) company has opened a job search website that will allow job applicants to go “paperless” by going online and on camera, posting 30-second video pitches for jobs to prospective employers.

Florante Cruz, chief executive officer of Vidres.net, said the website will allow job seekers to post “video resumés” through which they can showcase their communication skills and personalities to prospective employers.

“On www.vidres.net, they can upload videos where they can introduce themselves in their own words and in their own way to employers on camera and immediately show their communication skills,” Cruz said in a press briefing at the website launch Tuesday.

Cruz said they expect the website to be a hit among employers who want to do away with the time-consuming initial personal interviews that usually give employers their first look at a prospective employee.

“With video resumés, they can already take their first look at an applicant and get an idea of his or her personality, eliminating one phase in the tedious, but very important, recruitment process,” Cruz added.

Video resumés, Cruz said, are also advantageous for applicants, since this will save them the time and cost of traveling to the offices of their prospective employers for the initial job interview.

Cruz also said applicants have the choice of posting a video résumé or a traditional résumé: “It’s their choice if they want to post a video résumé or just the regular résumé.”

Cruz said an applicant wanting to upload a video résumé to the website can use a mobile phone with video recording features to make a video résumé, “but we recommend that they use a web cam (web camera) in recording their video resumés so it will have good resolution.”

Vidres.net website managing partner Rosanna Llenado said that a number of companies have expressed interest in using their service to scout for possible hires: “We now have 10 companies advertising their vacancies in Vidres.net and we expect more companies to avail of the service soon.”

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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