Monday, 20 January 2014

He died at 41

Last Saturday, I lost someone who inspired me from a distance. A person whom I never met or spoke to but will wait and listen to him, for few minutes to get inspired before leaving for school when I was a girl. His rise at BBC, was something that always had my heart swelled with pride – the pride of being Ghanaian, the pride of being an African and filled with so much inspiration to make an impact in this our world for he gave me the hope that I can make it. I was in love with his objectiveness, professionalism, his love for his Maker, family, friends, his country, for his continent and for people. So last Saturday, when this Black Star fell, you can imagine the big blow death has given me.

Some news have reported his death as due to a cardiac arrest and other news and posts on Facebook say he struggled with blood pressure which nearly got him to suffer a stroke last year.Only his doctors can tell for sure. But these news caused my public health nutrition mind to think of Non-communicable diseases and to write this post.

Non-communicable diseases which include cardiovascular diseases have become the leading cause of reported deaths globally. Unhealthy lifestyle which includes the list below are their main risk factors.

        1. Poor diet: diets high in fat, high in sugar, high in salt
2      2.  Inadequate physical activity
3      3. Not getting enough rest
4      4. Harmful use of alcohol
5      5. Smoking

Non-communicable diseases impact negatively on the economies of the world as the costs associated with their morbidity and mortalilty are high and hence requiring an urgent need for us to PREVENT them.

As the main risk factors of non-communicable diseases are lifestyle choices, we can prevent them by modifying any unhealthy behaviour we may be engaging in, by;

1       1. Cutting down on our salt intake, at most 6g/day.
2       2.  Including small amount of food high in fat and sugar to our diet.
3       3.   Including more fruits and vegetables in our diet, at least 5 different fruits and vegetables a day.
4       4.  Reading food labels to know the amount of food nutrient, a food product will be contributing to our diet.
5     5.  Getting and staying physically active, at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous physical activity in a week. 
       6. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep in 24 hour period.
7     7.  If you drink, not doing so above the recommended amount (read more here)
8     8.   If you smoke, seeking help to quit.
9     9. Regularly going for medical check-up, among others.

My Black star who I am bidding farewell today, who in my heart will live, and continually inspire me to be better and to help build a new Africa, died at 41. He accomplished a lot . How I wish he could still enjoy life to the fullest and live it to the longest to continually impact the youth of Africa towards a new Africa. But I know, he has left a great legacy and posterity will always remember him.

Fare thee well you who has inspired me for more over 10 years, fare thee well you who gave me hope of a new Africa, Fare thee well Gallant Black Star, The Hope of Africa, Fare thee well the Boss Player.

Till we meet again, rest in peace.

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Friday, 3 January 2014

What are the plans?

Happy New Dearies!

I know I wasn’t the first to wish you a happy new year even though I hoped so. I imagined the first two days will be full of best wishes from friends, families, loved ones and I did not want my best wishes for you to be lost in the “sea of many happy 2014 wishes” so I chose this 3rd day of 2014 to wish you the very best of 2014. :) Now tell me, how have the first three days of 2014 being like for you? Here at Olime Health, they have been exciting. Truth is we have labelled this year, as an exciting year for us and for you. There are exciting packages waiting to be unwrapped this year and I pray you not to miss any of these packages.

Oh Dearies, each year you give me more reasons to continue with this blog. Reading my blog’s yearly report, I must say the figures for the number of views, visitors, comments, and countries are simply amazing. Wow! We beat last year’s record by 250% on the average. Thank you so much. Your continuous visits, comments, feedback and love for this blog mean so much to me. I wish I could say thank you in person. I want you to know that I do not take your patronage for granted. In my language, we would say Medaase bebree (Thank you much, Merci beaucoup, Gracias, Asante sana, Danke).

So tell me, what are your plans for this year? Do they include health and nutrition ones? I bet they do and I can imagine what they are, if you doubt me take a read here and see if I got it right. And you count on Olime Health to assist you in achieving your health and nutrition goals. Here at Olime Health, the plans have been drawn up and are being worked on. I hope you are also working on yours, this year, we have to rock it or what sayest thou?
This is the first post so I will keep it short but remember not to miss out on the exciting packages, which have been put in place to help you prevent, promote and protect your wellbeing.

Do like Olime Health on Facebook, where most of the action will be taking place and keep coming. Tell others about us and let’s become healthier us together. :)

Till then, enjoy life to the fullest and live it, to the longest. Cheers!

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