双语新闻播报(April 19)

2024-04-19 16:11:14

>There is a “magical” course at Peking University but it’s only open to students with a BMI over 25



A unique course at Peking University is helping students get into shape in a big way. Titled "Physical Fitness Enhancement: Exercise and Nutrition," the class is only open to students with a body mass index over 25 — meaning they are overweight or obese.

The intensive 30-hour program combines theory on weight loss principles, healthy eating and exercise plans with practical training sessions guided by specialized instructors. Activities include running, strength training and designing personalized weight loss programs with food and exercise logging.

"The goal is for students to develop a healthy lifestyle, master scientific weight loss methods, and form regular exercise and balanced diet habits," explained Zhang Xiaoyuan, the assistant professor who teaches the course. Her research focuses on exercise, nutrition and health promotion, especially for overweight and obese populations.

The selective admission requirements attracted many students to enter the lottery for the limited class slots. Those who made it in have seen impressive results, with the highest weight loss being around 15 kilograms over the semester.

On the final day, students share their achievements, with many reporting feeling lighter, improved moods and better sleep, taking up new athletic hobbies like rock climbing and finding workout buddies.

>Community fitness center's viral ascent to fame as 'Chengdu Disney'


Many were perplexed, having only heard of Shanghai and Hong Kong Disneyland, questioning if Chengdu would be the next city to host the magical kingdom.

However, the talk was not about a new theme park, but rather a surprising turn of events involving Yu Lin seventh alley, a modest community fitness area in Chengdu's Wuhou district that became a viral phenomenon courtesy of a music video by rapper Nuomi.

A netizen posted a video of people gathered around the fitness equipment, taking turns posing and snapping photos. Some even replicated the song's lyrics while using the equipment.

Many visitors said that the viral videos drew them to the area. Some visitors made special trips before leaving Chengdu, anxious to share their experience on social media and stay current with the trendy topic.

However, the influx of young visitors perplexed the community's elderly residents. They found it unusual and annoying that so many people would line up to ride a see-saw machine.

On April 5, according to a Jiupai News article, Nuomi appealed to his supporters on social media to be respectful and not disturb the residents. He added that this is only where he shot the video.

On April 6, staff had been arranged to limit the flow and maintain order. The officers said that they had received dozens of complaints from locals and planned to continue restricting entry to maintain community peace.

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