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Google will spend $150 million to promote coronavirus vaccine education

Another commendable initiative

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Internet giant Google said it will provide US$ 150 million to educate the masses on the benefits of a Coronavirus vaccine. To help with mass vaccination efforts, starting in the US, it’ll make select facilities — such as buildings, parking lots, and open spaces — available to anyone eligible for the vaccine based on state and local guidelines.

While US$ 100 million will be advertisement grants to the CDC Foundation, the World Health Organization, and other non-profit institutions, US$ 50 million will be allocated for public health agencies offering vaccine-related content and information for the underprivileged.

The US is the worst-hit, has with more than 25 million Coronavirus cases recorded in the country. According to John Hopkins University data, the death toll currently stands at more than 4,17,000.

In the coming weeks, Coronavirus vaccination locations will be available in Google Search, and Maps, starting with Arizona, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, with more states and countries to come.

“Our efforts will focus heavily on equitable access to vaccines,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a blog post. “Early data in the U.S. shows that disproportionately affected populations, especially people of color and those in rural communities, aren’t getting access to the vaccine at the same rates as other groups.”

Another initiative called “Get The Facts’’ for providing authoritative information about vaccines will be made available on Google and YouTube.

Google had committed to donating more than US$ 800 million to support businesses, organizations, and healthcare workers as part of its fight against the Coronavirus pandemic in March 2020.

It’s already working with Apple to make universal contact tracking easier for health authorities around the world. Similarly, Singapore also open-sourced its early contact tracing technology that was later leveraged by many other institutions.

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Race For Water is a virtual race and fundraiser for clean water access

Raise funds when you run, walk, or ride your bike

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Clean water is a right, not a privilege. As per United Nations, the average distance African and Asian women walk to collect water is six kilometers, while carrying at least one 20-liter jug.

Waves for Water Philippines, in partnership with Takbo.PH launches Race For Water, in time for Women’s Month and Water Month. The virtual fundraiser is also tribute to World Water Day, addressing the global water crisis we are facing.

Runners and fitness enthusiasts can hit their personal targets through this online event while helping people along the way. This innovative race is designed to ensure social distancing and prioritize safety among participants and beneficiaries.

“I want clean water access for everyone, how do I help?”

Wherever you are in the world, you can join the virtual event, but entitlements and raffle prizes are open to Philippine residents only. To join, you can amp up your support by walking, running, and biking that extra mile.

Sign up at app.takbo.ph and record your progress using any GPS-tracking app of your choice. For every personal target hit, there’s a monetary equivalent. Waves for Water will convert the accumulated distance traveled by all participants into liters of filtered water.

Proceeds of Race For Water will go towards building a gravity-fed water system for an upland indigenous peoples’ community in Porac, Pampanga. This ensures they have water points within meters of their homes.

“When can I sign up and join the race?”

The Virtual Race starts March 1, 2021, and will be ongoing until April 15, 2021. To know more about Race For Water, visit the fundraising page.

Follow @wavesforwaterphilippines and @race4water on Instagram, for updates on giveaways, premium raffle items, and other side events. The event is organized in partnership with H&M Philippines, Aveda Philippines, The Bouldering Hive, and co-presented by TUMI Philippines, San Miguel Corporation, and Atlas.

For more information, visit Race for Water Virtual Run | Race for Water Virtual Ride.

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realme Watch S Pro: Price and availability in the Philippines

Pro experience at an affordable price tag

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Smartphone maker realme has just launched the realme Watch S Pro in the Philippines. Dubbed as the partner for your everyday lifestyle, the “pro” smartwatch packed more than just the essential features.

Currently, it’s the company’s most premium watch. It sports a 1.39-inch AMOLED round display with high resolution and brightness and uses a powerful dual-process supporting a faster refresh rate while consuming less power.

Also, it’s equipped with a 450mAh battery that lasts up to 14 days on a single charge. It also tracks up to 15 different workout modes, thanks to its advanced dual-satellite GPS sensors.

Additionally, the smartwatch measures steps, heart rate, sleep, and even blood oxygen levels. Moreover, the smartwatch comes with a premium build where you can pair over 100+ watch faces to suit your mood and style — all while only retailing for PhP 8,990.

Shopee Mega 3.3 Shopping Sale

Heads up! The realme Watch S Pro will be available on Shopee, in time for the 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale happening on March 3, 2021, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

Get PhP 1,300 off for the realme Watch S Pro this 3.3 Mega Shopping Sale. From PhP 8,990, the smartwatch will be available for only PhP 7,690. Make sure to use the voucher code: GADGETZONE8 before you check out.

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5 home workouts to crush your fitness goals

Tracy your activity with the Lenovo Smart Watch S2

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Hopping on the fitness New Year’s Resolution bandwagon may seem cliche especially if you try to do it every year and you end up munching on pizza and chips while on your couch come March. The pandemic is even an added struggle since you can’t do your usual morning jog and frequent your gym.

But you can stay motivated and don’t let these hurdles stop you from your goal of staying healthy and fit throughout the year. Even without your usual equipment, you can do these home workouts to stay in tiptop shape and stick to your resolution.

Circuit

You’ve probably done circuit training at the gym, a cycle of different exercises that target different muscle groups without resting in between stations and are usually assigned by a trainer. Good news is you can also do it on your own at home and sweat through a total-body, strength-boosting and calorie-torching workout!

Personally, I like to customize and mix up my circuit training sessions to make sure I get to have fun as much as I get to effectively work out. I usually exercise between 20 to 30 minutes while moving at a quick pace. I measure my time for each workout station using my Lenovo Smart Watch S2 to make sure that I get to exert the same effort for all my targeted muscle groups.

Whether you have 15 minutes or a full hour to sweat, circuit training can help you burn fat, build muscle and beat the boredom of the same-old workout routines.

Home Yoga

Going to yoga class has been one of my favorite things to do before the pandemic that I even subscribed to a 3-month package. But as we are all asked to stay home for our safety, I thought it would be disadvantageous but it turned out to be a blessing that I get to do yoga sessions at the comfort of my home.

Using just a yoga mat, wearing the right workout outfit and watching YouTube videos that can walk me through different sessions, I was able to improve my flexibility, muscle strength and balance.

You don’t even have to rush to attend your class and with home Yoga and you also don’t have to spend a single cent. You can practice at your own preferred time, place and pace, helping you deepen self-awareness and even relieve anxiety, tension and stress.

HIIT Workout

The name of this workout alone suggests how this can pump you up. High Interval Intensity Training (HIIT) involves bursts of intense and explosive exercise alternated with low-intensity recovery periods that can really make you sweat and push you to your limit.

This workout has been my favorite during this pandemic since like circuit, I can work on different routines while using different alternative equipment I can find at home like a juice bottle or a chair.

HIIT also spikes up my heart rate, which I conveniently get to monitor with my Lenovo Smart Watch S2, stimulating my metabolism and helping me burn more calories and lose more weight.

Resistance band workout

One of my best purchases during this pandemic was a resistance band — that big rubber band that you usually see on the gym floor or tied up on a pull up bar when were still able to go after work.

It probably looks nothing compared to a dumbbell or a kettlebell but believe me when I say that you can definitely do so many workouts just with a resistance band.

Through its versatility and portability, it is actually a very handy training tool that can strengthen all major muscle groups. You can do squats, bicep curls, lunges and more, eliminating your need for big and heavy gym equipment.

Skipping rope

You’ve probably been playing with a jump rope since you were a kid and I’m making you realize just now that it’s actually a super convenient, easy and effective home cardio exercise.

Skipping rope actually improves your coordination by requiring several body parts to function in order to complete one movement. It also strengthens your bones and increases your flexibility and stamina.

Also, one major benefit of skipping rope is that it quickly reduces your belly fat and burns calories. In just 15 minutes of doing it, you get to lose 200 to 300 calories, which is why some even prefer to do it than running or brisk walking.

I include skipping rope as my daily cardio and even assign “jump rope days” when my muscles are too sore from working out. I find it rewarding whenever I check through my Lenovo Smart Watch S2’s counter how much calories I’ve actually burnt, making me feel like I’ve really done something good for my health.

With all these kinds of workout, you surely don’t have any excuse that you can’t stick to your New Year’s resolution and continue to stay fit and healthy. Do yourself a favor and try to exercise even just thrice a week so you can take good care of your heart, mind and body during this pandemic.

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