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2022.08.29 20220829_re HKBU launches Jockey Club Mus-Fit for Health Project The Dr. Stephen Hui Research Centre for Physical Recreation and Wellness (CPRW) at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU), with funding from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, has launched a three-year “Jockey Club Mus-Fit for Health Project” (Mus-Health), which will design a series of exercises to train the muscle strength, endurance, balance and flexibility of 5,000 elderly people. The project will also help them develop regular exercise habits for staying healthy and active.   The launching ceremony of the project was held at HKBU on 1 August. It was officiated by Dr Gabriel Leung, Executive Director, Charities and Community of The Hong Kong Jockey Club, and Professor Alexander Wai, President and Vice-Chancellor of HKBU. Other guests included Professor Frank Fu Hoo-kin, Emeritus Professor and Honorary Director of the Dr. Stephen Hui Research Centre for Physical Recreation and Wellness at HKBU (the Centre); Professor Chow Bik-chu, Director of the Centre; Dr Wendy Huang Yajun, Associate Director of the Centre; Professor Cheung Siu-yin, Emeritus Professor and former Associate Director of the Centre; Dr Kevin Yue Kin-man, Associate Director and Associate Professor, Teaching and Research Division of the School of Chinese Medicine at HKBU; and Dr Lobo Louie Hung-tak, Senior Lecturer of the Department of Health and Physical Education at the Education University of Hong Kong.   In his speech, Dr Gabriel Leung said that a healthy community, positive ageing and elderly care are the focus areas of The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust. He added that the Trust promotes healthy communities and encourages elderly people to develop the habit of doing regular exercise through supportive preventive services. He also mentioned that Mus-Health encourages older adults to strengthen their muscles through exercise. Elderly people have reduced their outdoor activities during the pandemic, which has led to the loss of muscle mass. Therefore, activities from Mus-Health are conducive to slowing down the decline of the elderly’s functional fitness, and they also help them maintain health.   Professor Chow Bik-chu expressed her gratitude to the cooperative organisations for their support, which helped make the launch of Mus-Health go smoothly. “Through training ambassadors and health leaders, Mus-Health will encourage elderly people to exercise to increase muscle mass and promote a healthy lifestyle. The project will also increase the exercise and health knowledge of the public through diversified activities, and we will join hands with various sectors to build a healthy society,” she said.   The project has recruited 99 ambassadors who are aged 50 to 69, and they have completed the training offered by the Jockey Club Mus-Fit Action project, which was inaugurated in 2019. The ambassadors will provide exercise training on muscular strength, balance and flexibility to the Mus-Health participants aged 50 to 70. The training programme will include online and offline lessons, which will last for 12 weeks, with one lesson per week. When the participants have finished the lessons, they will train by themselves for three months and report regularly on their progress. The Mus-Health team will assess their health condition and train youngsters as health leaders to follow up on the progress of the participants. After completing the programme, the participants can become health leaders to deliver messages related to exercise and health to their peers.   The project team will also promote Mus-Health to different age groups in society and promote the message that exercise is important through seminars, competitions, promotional trucks, etc.     Please browse the Facebook Page (mushealth.hkbu) or to be launched in mid-September) of the Jockey Club Mus-Fit for Health Project for more information. 2022.03.24 Prof. Chung PK Prof. Chung Pak Kwong received President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Service Prof. Chung Pak Kwong received President's Award for Outstanding Performance in Service In recognition of the outstanding performance of distinguished academic staff, the University presented the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Service to Prof. Chung Pak Kwong, Associate Dean (Development) of Faculty of Social Sciences and Professor of Department of Sport, Physical Education and Health in 2021/22.   Congratulations to Prof. Chung! 2022.03.24 Baker1 Prof. Baker was Elected as the Distinguished Fellow of IETI (International Engineering and Technology Institute) On March 15, 2022,  the International Engineering and Technology Institute (IETI) has elected 40 new fellows, announced by IETI election committee.   Prof. Baker was Elected as the Distinguished Fellow of IETI.   Now, IETI has 6 Nobel Prize Laureates, 2 Turing Award Laureates, 1 Fields Medal Laureate, 3 Wolf Prize Laureates. It has two brother organizations: the International Research Institute of Economic Management (IRIEM, led by 2 Nobel Prize Laureates in Economics) and the Institute of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI). IETI takes engineering and science application, technology and science innovations, and sustainable social science as its goals; chooses general education as its vision to promote the coordinated development of natural sciences, engineering sciences, and social sciences. In 2022, the latest list of Fellows of IETI were nominated and voted by the previous fellows. These scholars have had a great international influence, ranking in no particular order. Full list : http://www.ietiglobal.org/memberships/Fellows.aspx   Source: http://www.ieti.net/news/detail.aspx?id=306   2022.01.19 Untitled-2 RAE2020 Research Assessment (RAE) results 2020   (UoA 40 - physical education, sport, recreation & physical activities)   The Department of Sport Physical Education and Health (SPEH) has achieved a remarkable result in the 2020 Research Assessment exercise (RAE) which was released on May 24th, 2021. Our department was assessed in the Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Physical activities Unit of Assessment (UOA) and was ranked Number one in Hong Kong. This was a significant improvement from the previous exercise in 2014. Overall, 6% of the work was judged to be World leading, with a further 63% judged to be Internationally excellent. In addition, our research impact was also judged to be Internationally excellent. There were 9 staff submitted into the 2014 exercise with 14 submitted in 2020, which was a significant increase.   “This result was a fantastic achievement by colleagues in SPEH. The results demonstrate the dedication and the excellent research undertaken by staff in the department. Further to this, the RAE classification underpins the strength and breadth of the research interests of staff, and include; Physical Activity and Health, Exercise Science, Sports Management, Children’s Health, Obesity, and Aged populations. The department now needs to develop and improve on this this success, and prepare for the next research exercise in 2026” said Professor Julien S Baker, Department Head of SPEH. 2021.11.22 IMG-20211118-WA0006 Prof. LAU Wing Chung delivered a presentation in the Education Info. Day hosted by Ming Pao newspaper On 7th Nov, Ming Pao held the 2021 Education INFO DAY, around 1,000 people joined the event, including students, parents and teachers. Prof. LAU Wing Chung was invited to deliver a presentation in the event. Prof. Lau introuduced the two main undergraduate programmes in our department, B.A. (Hons) in Physical Education & Recreation Management, and B.Soc.Sc. (Hons) in Sport and Recreation Leadership (SRL) . He also shared the requiments and notes on the application.