NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC 1st Running Clinic

NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC, Training Clinic 1 (credit to RUN 350) (6)

Photo Credit: NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC

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NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC, has prepared a series of running clinics and training sessions to help participants to be better prepared for the run held on 5 April 2015 at F1 Pit Building, Marina Promenade.

At the 1st running clinic, two speakers are invited to share with the participants on how to prepare for the run.

The first speaker is Mr Melvin Wong as in the above picture. He is a competitive runner and also known as The King of Race. He won the Adidas King of the Road race in 2012. He shared tips on how to set realistic targets and getting past a running plateau using the PRIME framework:

  • Priority Setting – list down what is most important to you. 
  • Resource Allocation – find out what is available for you to improve your performance as a runner. 
  • Intrinsic Expectation – Set realistic running goal.
  • Milestones Management – Plan long term goals with targets to achieve it. 
  • Execution – the last stage, you must look into executing successful strategy in order to achieve your running goals. He suggested that runners must be determined and do not procrastinate, use trial and error to find out what is the best way for you to achieve peak performance. 

NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC, Training Clinic 1 (credit to RUN 350) (11)

Photo Credit: NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC

The second speaker, Dr Derek Li who has represented Singapore at the Macau Marathon in 2014 shared with the participants on tapering strategies and nutrition. He advised that runners should not embark on any hard training a week before the actual race. It does not lead to increase performance on your actual race day but will only wear your body out. He advised runners to have adequate rest and sleep before the race in order to achieve peak performance, not forgetting to stay hydrated on the day before the race.

He further advised that on the morning of race day, do not eat too much for breakfast aim to have a light breakfast not more than 300 calories. If you eat too much, you may experience stomach cramps and other problems during the race. If you are want to eat something, do it at least half an hour before the race and he recommended energy gels which are carbohydrate gels that will provide energy. It is easily absorbed into the blood to supply the body with calories and nutrients to fuel the body and enhance performance. 

NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC, Training Clinic 1 (credit to RUN 350) (26)

Photo Credit: NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC

After the talk, the participants gathered to take a group photo before going for a 5.5km run around Marina Bay led by the Official Pacers, Earth Runners.

That’s not all, at each Running Clinic, 3 lucky participants of the clinic will stand a chance to walk away with a Soleus sports watch worth $95.20. The draw will be held at the end of each clinic and winners must be physically present to receive the prize.

NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC, Training Clinic 1 (credit to RUN 350) (44)

Photo Credit: NTUC Income RUN 350, Organised by Young NTUC

Look out for the next running clinic held on the 7 March 2015 by Mr Lim Thow Wee. Details as follows: 

Running Clinic #2: Training & Selecting for an Overseas Race Run

Date: 7 March 2015, Saturday
Time: 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue: NTUC Centre, One Marina Boulevard
Targeted Pax: 100
Speakers Mr Lim Thow Wee
Programme 1 hour talk followed by a 5.5km run around Marina Bay


Mr Lim Thow Wee will share his experience and tips with the crowd who, like him, started running late in age while they would wish to conquer a full marathon. Participating in overseas races is very common in recent days but what do you have to look out for when selecting one? Thow Wee will share with you tips and advices on participating in overseas races. Please click HERE for more information and to register for the sessions. 

Global Eduhub, Leading Preschool Chain Launches First-Ever Symposium to Promote Habits of S.U.C.C.E.S.S in the Young and Exclusive Interview with Prof Arthur Costa

SymposiumThe symposium featured the creator of the Habits of Mind framework, Professor Arthur Costa, Emeritus Professor, Education for State and Founder of The Institute for Habits of Mind, USA (left in the photo), Dr Branton Shearer, neuropsychologist and founder of Multiple Intelligences Research and Consulting, USA (right in the photo) and Dr Henry Toi, Executive Director of The Art Costa Centre for Thinking and Affiliate Director of Habits of Mind, Singapore and also the creator of Habits of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (middle in the photo). 

At the 2012 National Day rally, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong urged educators and parents alike to “prepare every child for a test of life, and not a life of tests”.  In today’s increasingly competitive arena, our children need to be educated in a manner that prepares them for a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world.

Global Eduhub, a leading preschool chain with 36 centres located in Singapore, Australia and China, is set to take the initiative with its first-ever symposium in innovative thinking for early childhood. It launches Hybrid Pedagogy of Habits of Mind and Multiple Intelligences after 18 years of early education research. Its pilot programme is to be introduced in all Mulberry Preschools in 2015 with the aim to prepare children for a VUCA world.

Themed ‘Nurturing Preschoolers’ Habits of S.U.C.C.E.S.S’, and in partnership with The Art Costa Centre for Thinking, the symposium featured the creators of 2 well-known frameworks that have proven to define success in adults, and Global EduHub’s own hybrid pedagogy that distills the essence of these frameworks into a curriculum that can be implemented at the early education level.

The symposium targeted for early educators and parents, hopes to raise awareness for this need for a shift in thinking about early education pedagogy.

Professor Arthur Costa

Our Parenting World is honoured to interview Professor Arthur Costa, founder of the worldwide movement for Habits of Mind to instill patterns of success in individuals.

1) Can you tell us more about what are Habits of Mind?

Habits of Mind are dispositions that are called forth when one is confronted with confusing problems and complex decisions, the resolutions to which are not immediately apparent. They have been found to be characteristics of successful people in many walks of life: athletes, artists, entrepreneurs, journalists, scientists, etc.

2) How did you and Dr Bena Kallick decide and come up with what are the 16 thinking approaches to help students tackle complex problems?

About 25 years ago I edited a book entitled, Developing Minds: A Resource book for Teaching Thinking. I invited cognitive psychologists, philosophers and educators from around the world to contribute chapters. As I was editing, I began to see a lot of commonalities of what are the characteristics of successful problem solvers in many walks of life. Although they did not use the same labels, the intentions were similar. I began to classify these dispositions. I started with 7 but the list began to grow—10, 12 and over the years we studied and added more. We now have 16 but that may not be a final number. Our hypothesis is that if these are the attributes of successful people, can we teach them to students so that they will be successful in school, in work, in college and in life. 

3) In your personal opinion, what are the more important habits for success?

While they are all important there are some that research has shown to be significant:

Metacognition: Thinking about and being aware of our own thinking, behaviors, emotions and our effects on others.
Managing impulsivity: Self regulation and emotional control
Persisting (Grit): Sticking to a task to achieve our goals
Thinking Interdependently: Collaboration and concern for others
Remaining open to continuous learning — Lifelong learning. 

4) How can parents help their child to better prepare for the future?

Parents are the first teacher so their role is of primary importance. Talking with and reading to children is essential. Keeping children in good health—disease free, stress free, and good nutrition. Remember that parents are models for their children. Children are always learning from and imitating their parent. So, it’s important to demonstrate these habits of mind in front of their children: Persisting, managing impulse, asking questions, learning from mistakes, wonderment and awe, problem solving, etc.

Thank you Professor Arthur Costa for taking our interview and sharing your valuable insights with us!

More about Habits of Mind, developed by Professor Arthur Costa and Dr Bena Kallick, this set of 16 thinking approaches has been used by schools across the world to help students to tackle complex problems. The 16 Habits of Mind has also been incorporated into the Gifted Education Programme (GEP) in Singapore. More recently a school in Singapore won the Lee Hsien Loong award for its practice of the Habits of Mind. Global EduHub is the first preschool in the world to fully integrate the Habits of Mind into its curriculum and teaching practices. Global EduHub is in the process of being certified as the first Habits of Mind preschool in Asia by the Institute for the Habits of Mind, founded by Professor Costa.

To find out more about Global EduHub and its education centres, please click HERE


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