PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 31 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 31 August, 2010, 12:00am

Exercise paves the way to a better life

I have been exercising since Sports Day in Primary Four. On that day, I ran a race that changed my life. I came in last and was very embarrassed. Since then, I've been exercising every day, even when I am very busy.

When I was small, I thought exercise was very hard. I really hated sport. I didn't do any exercise and I was always ill. I would make any excuse not to play sport. But now, if I don't exercise, I don't feel right. I play all sorts of sport, such as badminton and table tennis, and I also swim. Doing sports has made me taller, healthier and stronger.

I have also made many friends. If you play sport, your life will be much better.

Karen Lee, SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Find other things to occupy your time

Nowadays, technology is very advanced. Computers have made life more convenient. But the internet also poses problems, especially to teenagers who are addicted to it.

It seems internet addiction is becoming worse among teenagers. For example, when you log on to Facebook, you can see most of your friends online. You'll be tempted to chat

Spending too much time surfing the Net is not good for your physical or mental health. It can strain your eyes and affect your posture.

There are several things you can do to reduce the time you spend in front of your computer. First, you can draw up a timetable, and second, whenever you are bored, think of something to divert your attention, such as reading a book or listening to music.

Finally, finish whatever tasks that need to be done, such as homework or household chores before you sit in front of your computer.

Chow Kong-ho, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

Football good for body and mind

There are different kinds of football. The most popular is association football, more commonly known as soccer, or just 'football'. There's also American football and Australian football. I love 'English' football - I've played it for 10 years and follow it on TV. My favourite team is Manchester United, and my favourite player is Wayne Rooney.

Football can train your body and is also a great way to relax when you are feeling stressed.

Wang Wan-hong

What it takes to be successful

Success is important to everyone. But being successful is an ongoing process. First, strive for improvement - train yourself to concentrate and be patient. The more focused and tolerant you are, the more successful you will be

Second, you need to be confident. Confidence helps you do better. Finally, don't give up easily - perseverance is the key to success.

Nichole Leung

Elderly deserve to be better treated

Some young people think the elderly are out-of-sync with society and say the generation gap is widening. They feel that the elderly are annoying and a nuisance.

There is a general lack of concern for the elderly.

Old people who live alone have a hard time adapting to the rapidly changing world. They may not know how to access information and advice.

They may have money problems as well. The money senior citizens get each month is not enough to cover rent, electricity, water, food, transportation and medical bills. Many old people can only afford to rent a sleeping space.

The government should give senior citizens more help. The welfare allowance should be increased, and other subsidies and vouchers should be provided.

More nursing homes should be built to meet the demands of the ageing population, and legislation should be strengthened to prevent discrimination against and abuse of the elderly.

Community groups could pay more visits to nursing homes and elderly centres.

Home visits are also important. Social workers and volunteers can find out about the needs of the elderly.

Filial piety is an important element of Chinese culture. The elderly have contributed to society when they were young - it's now time for young people to give back.

Kong Yeung, Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School