Sports and COVID

With COVID continuing to persist, is it worth it – or safe – to play sports?

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“Of all the unimportant things, football (soccer) is the most important” – St. John Paul II

Sports are a key factor in many people’s lives that affects both their mood and their enjoyment of life. Watching sports is entertaining and the organizations that sponsor these sports make tons of revenue. However, the coronavirus has thrown a kink into 2020’s sports plans. 

The NBA has arguably done the best job at managing the coronavirus. They’ve created a ‘bubble’ in which all teams, with their players and staff, are going to be playing in Orlando together. It has worked incredibly well so far in limiting the cases of coronavirus in the NBA to 0. The organization has successfully managed to organize games with 22 teams of players and around 1400 staff members without instigating any threats to public health and wellbeing. Clearly, the work that Adam Silver put into learning about the virology and logistics of containing the virus has paid off. 

However, less can be said about the MLB. The New York Times reported on the Marlins, Phillies, and Cardinals, all with coronavirus cases that caused delays. It was clear to Zac Shomler from Strong Opinion Sports that Rob Manfred, the commissioner of the MLB, has done a far worse job at setting an example for the type of conduct that was to be followed in order to prevent coronavirus cases. Although a bubble like the NBA would be more difficult to maintain for larger leagues such as the MLB, it was still poorly managed as to how seriously players and staff should be concerned with maintaining their safety. These delays make it harder for teams to go through with playoffs, as regular season games become more staggered. 

The NFL season has yet to start, but training camps have already seen cases of coronavirus pop up. Now, if a bubble with the MLB would be hard, an NFL bubble would be downright impossible. NFL teams would have 32 teams, with a roster of around 40-50 players each, and their own staff of around 3800 people each on average. It would be a logistical nightmare, and there is not even a facility to house that many people in order to have a bubble. However, teams have begun to check into hotels, so that there is less contact with outsiders. Teams and staff are living in their own hotels and going from training camp to the hotel everyday. According to the Washington Post, there were “56 players [that] had tested positive for the novel coronavirus since the opening of training camps,” but Allen Sills, the chief medical officer of the NFL, says that they expect more cases to arise, and that their goal is to quickly identify and prevent the spread of these cases. Even so, some players have begun to opt out of practice and likely of the season completely, given that it would even start. 

These struggles are universal as coronavirus takes an ever larger toll on the world. Professional sports, although entertaining, should be considered as a luxury of a time before the pandemic. The leagues outside of the NBA get larger and deal with more staff and players, making any solution that is reminiscent of the NBA’s a logistical nightmare. It is far more important that the health and safety of the players is considered, especially in the US where the handling of coronavirus has been far less consistent. 

– Sean Choe ‘21

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Creative Japanese Health Products You Must Buy

By now, it is almost an established fact that Japan, our neighbor, produces some of the world’s best candies and jellies. Starting with the famous fruit konyak jellies, I’ve encountered blueberry and sweet potato pockies, green-tea powdered chocolate kit-kats, strawberry sodas, puffy melon breads, ice-cream mochi (rice-cakes), and this list of creative treats will go on forever. And often times, it is quite common to notice KIS teachers and students travel to Japan during their break or AISA sports seasons and return with humongous suitcases loaded with sweets.

But recently, I’ve found another reason to go shopping in Japan— not just for the delicacies, but for the convenient “over-the-counter” health tonics. These aren’t just any simple medications or prescription drugs you get from your doctors when you’re sick; these are useful, safe, and cheap daily life necessities that will assist you anytime and anywhere. Especially for the AP saturated high school juniors to worn out athletes, these five must-buys, highly accessible Japanese health products may one day come to your aid.

1) Eye drops for Computer strain and Contact lenses: Santen, Smile and Rohto

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These eye drops will certainly benefit many of our KIS students who spend day and night staring at their MacBook screens and smartphones or even those with dry eyes from wearing contact lenses. Also commonly known as eye refreshers, these eye drops contain  Vitamins A, E, B6, neostigmine methylsulfate, Allantoin and taurin that will relieve eye fatigue, a major cause of vision deterioration. Moreover, they will clear eye inflammation and provide extra protection from ultraviolet rays.

2) Cabajin Kowa alpha

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Cabajin is not just any temporary digestive pill. With its nickname “national gastritis pill,” Cabajin allows for a long term use in maintaining healthy gastric function. Its primary ingredient is the MMSC (Methylmethionine Sulfonium Chloride) found in cabbage juice that improves gastric movement; a total of 150 mg of MMSC contained in five whole cabbages are contained in six small pills, which is the recommended amount to consume each day. It is also worth noting that this particular medication is also widely available for purchase here in Korea as well, so perhaps you might want to try it out!

3) Loxonins

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Especially popular for its quickness and efficacy, this headache medicine is made out of ingredients that do not harm the gastrointestinal tract. It is non-steroidal painkiller that is lower in toxicity compared to other headache pills, thus creating less irritation to your stomach.

4) Kobayashi Medi-Shield

 

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These are waterproof “liquid” bandages, which means all you have to do is apply this thin, clear, odorless coat of this Medi Shield over your wound. Not only will it provide instant waterproof for any cuts, abrasions, scratches, or even burns, this will also clean and disinfect the wound by natural healing by preventing bacteria from entering.

5) Lion Cooling Sheets

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This is for anyone who is suffering from various muscle cramps after standing for long hours with high heels to playing sports. Japanese cooling sheets can also be a beauty product, almost like basic leg masks, providing instant soothing and moisturizing through vaporization of water. Moreover, they come with five aromatic fragrances—lavender, common sage, rosmarinus, lemon, and orange— that you can choose from.

– Sammie Kim 18′

Featured Image: Crescentia Jung (’19)

How To Diet

Ready for a healthier lifestyle? Here are some tips from our very own senior fitness gurus at KIS to help you with your diet.

It’s not about losing weight, becoming skinny, or gaining muscle. A diet is a holistic experience of subtle changes in food choices, workout schedules, and positive thinking. The result is more confidence, strength, and health! We all know it’s so hard to maintain a changed lifestyle, because of all the junk food, urges to be lazy, and busy schedules. But the senior class is somehow keeping up with their diets, and the results are obvious! We asked a few seniors for diet tips, and here’s what they have to say to you.

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Having a routine makes it easier to keep up with a changed lifestyle. Soon enough, your new lifestyle will seem like you’ve lived healthy all your life!

“Set time for when you eat and when you workout. Workout at around hungry hours because working out suppresses hunger. I just workout from 3-5 so I’m not munching on snacks, but burning calories! Set times for when you eat too. I eat breakfast always in my first block, lunch during advisory, and dinner right after I workout. That way, I don’t eat anything past about 6:30.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

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Staying motivated is important for you to continue your diet! The moment you lose motivation for a healthy lifestyle, you will start to lose self-control and fall vulnerable to cravings!  

“Have a cheat day every week so you don’t get burnt out and so you have motivation to eat healthy today, keeping that really good meal at the end of the week in mind!” – Jasmine Lee (‘15)

 

“As for motivation, I don’t know, I just feel lighter and happier because YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT so I just don’t want anything from keeping me going. Having a cheat day once a week is definitely helpful. You satisfy all your cravings and you have something to look forward to in a week. For example, when you see your friends eating pizza, you think ‘It’s okay, I can eat that in 3 days. I can resist the urge.’ I think eating healthy all the time is quite impossible.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

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Eating is important, but exercising and working out are necessary for a strong body! Plus, exercise makes you happier!  

“Work out everyday!” – Annie Na (‘15)

 

“Always do both muscle-building and cardio together so if you get tired of one thing you can do the other, and they’re both helpful in different ways.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

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Remember, you are what you eat, so make sure to be careful of what you eat. Although healthy food may not be as tasty as fried chicken, it’s much better for you, and you’ll feel happier eating what is good for you! Search up healthy recipes, and start making those green smoothies!  

“I started meal prepping, which is when you prepare all or most of your meals one day for the rest of the week, so I don’t have an excuse to not eat healthy. And when you eat out try to get the healthiest thing.” – Shana Yun (‘15)

 

“No fried food. Try to have a big breakfast, medium lunch, and small dinner. And no snacks in between.” – Annie Na (‘15)

 

“Everyday I bring to school a bowl of vegetables so if I get REALLY HUNGRY before or after lunch then I can eat that instead of going down to the cafeteria to buy an energy bar or something (they’re unhealthier than you think). Also, cut out anything fried or sweet during your non-fat days, and definitely don’t drink soda. If you start cutting out things from your diet on non-fat days, you’re not even going to want it on your fat day after you realize how good you feel without it and how unhealthy it is. Logging your food is a great idea so you know just how much you’re eating everyday.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

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One of the most underrated aspects of a healthy lifestyle is drinking water. You must, must drink water constantly throughout every day!  

“Drink lots of water.” – Annie Na (‘15)

 

“WATER. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS drink water. Your goal is to have a water bottle at all times. It flushes toxins out of your system quickly and keeps you from getting hungry often. And plus, it makes your skin look nice.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

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Last but not least, sleep is very important for the body to rest and recuperate. All of the previous tips would lose meaning if you’re always tired and don’t get enough of REM sleep. Sleep!  

“SLEEP. Sleep is important for a healthy diet. You’re less likely to lose weight if you sleep less than 5 hrs a night.” – Jennifer Lim (‘15)

  *Extra: check out https://www.youtube.com/user/blogilates for healthy tips, recipes, and workout videos!   So there you have it. Tips for a diet. But above all, remember that it’s for your benefit, so do your best, and enjoy it!

– Sarah Chin (’16)
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How to Stop A Cold in Its Tracks

Not feeling so well? Here are seven tips to help you get rid of that nasty cold.

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These days, especially with the different types of flus going around, it seems like a lot of students and staff at KIS are catching colds and getting sick. Wherever we go, there are people sneezing and asking for tissues. To prevent catching a cold or to lessen the effects of your cold, here are some tips you should follow:

 

 

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If you want to stay healthy or prevent yourself from getting another disease, it’s crucial to keep yourself clean. Since the most exposed – and therefore dirty – part of your body are your hands, it’s imperative that you wash your hands as often as possible (especially before you eat!). If you can’t wash your hands frequently, bring a hand sanitizer with you to school or use the ones in teachers’ classrooms.

 

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If your throat hurts or you feel a sore throat coming on, gargle with salt water. Just get a glass of warm water and scoop a few spoonfuls of salt and mix. Salt is a natural cleaning agent so it will clean your throat, and it will soothe the pain as well. But be careful not to drink it! Large amounts of sodium can easily dehydrate your sick body.

 

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We all know being a student at KIS means getting very little amounts of sleep, but when you’re sick, try to get the most sleep you can. Sleep as soon as you finish your work, and sleep instead of going on Facebook and spending hours watching TV shows. For those of you procrastinators who start your homework at the end of the day and work better under pressure, try taking a nap as soon as you get home from school.

 

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You’re probably tired of hearing this because everyone says it all the time, but that’s because it’s that much important. Your body needs water to function properly, and since colds tend to dry your body out, more than regular intake of water is necessary. You should drink about 8 ounce-glasses of water everyday (about one water bottle!). If you don’t like regular water, try drinking tea which have antioxidants and vitamins in them that can help your cold, or fruit/vegetable infused water such as lemon water. Which leads us to our next tip…

 

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Studies have shown that Vitamin C helps shorten the duration of a cold or flu, so it’s best to consume it as much as possible! Large amounts of Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits such as lemons, tangerines, limes, oranges, etc., and in vegetables like bell peppers, kale, broccoli, etc. Even foods that are easy to find and easy to like such as strawberries, kiwi, and pineapples are high in Vitamin C. So think twice about your lunch options when you’re in the cafeteria the next time, and maybe opt for that fruit salad instead of the pizza.

 

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A lot of us are probably somewhat attached to painkillers and other kinds of pain-suppressing medication without realizing it. Try not to rely too much on the ibuprofen to soothe your headaches, or else you’ll start needing to take it everyday just to feel normal. The next time you get a headache, try to fight it off by following the other tips in this article along with applying hot or cold packs to tight muscles and sniffing calming essential oils such as lavender, peppermint, or chamomile essential oils.

 

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Of course, one of the best ways to prevent diseases is to get vaccinations. There are different types of vaccinations for different illnesses, so make sure you go to your doctor to find the ones you need and the best time to get them. Keep in mind that some are for getting during your sickness and some are for getting beforehand to prevent them!

 

– Minji Kim (’18)

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