What You Should Know About Exercise

ExerciseConsistent physical exercise, extends far beyond weight management and is believed to be one of the most important things one can do for good health, particularly in the prevention of non-communicable diseases.

Going by figures from the World Health Organization (W.H.O), 24 per cent of deaths in Nigeria occur, owing to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases.

Research shows that regular physical activity can help reduce your risk for several diseases and health conditions and improve your overall quality of life.

Although such information seems rather cliché, it is necessary to re-iterate the importance of exercise as well as other lifestyle changes that can be imbibed for sustainable health.

According to fitness trainer, Jane Amuta, “fitness is a lifestyle, its not something that you touch one day and you leave it because these benefits come over time with consistency.

“I always marry fitness with diet because you need to feed this body with the right things to be able to function properly.”

Benefits Of Exercise

Heart Disease and Stroke: Daily physical activity can help prevent heart disease and stroke by strengthening your heart muscle, lowering your blood pressure, raising your High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL) levels (good cholesterol) and lowering Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) levels (bad cholesterol), improving blood flow, and increasing your heart’s working capacity.

High Blood Pressure: Regular physical activity can reduce blood pressure in those with high blood pressure levels. Physical activity reduces body fat, which is associated with high blood pressure.

Obesity: Physical activity helps to reduce body fat by building or preserving muscle mass and improving the body’s ability to use calories. When physical activity is combined with proper nutrition, it can help control weight and prevent obesity, a major risk factor for many diseases.

Back Pain: By increasing muscle strength and endurance and improving flexibility and posture, regular exercise helps to prevent back pain.

Osteoporosis: Regular weight-bearing exercise promotes bone formation and may prevent many forms of bone loss associated with aging.

Self Esteem And Stress Management: Researchers have found that exercise is likely to reduce depression and anxiety and in ultimately, improve one’s self-image as well as help you to better manage stress.

Curbing Malaria: Oyo State To Establish Health Insurance Scheme

Oyo State GoveMalaria, oyo state, health, insurance schemernor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has said that the bill for the establishment of the state Health Insurance Scheme passed earlier in the week by the state House Of Assembly, will soon be passed into law.

The Governor disclosed this while kick-starting the distribution of long lasting insecticidal nets across the state at the Government House arcade, Agodi, Ibadan.

He said that the bill would serve as a veritable tool for universal health coverage for residents of the state, especially to cater for the rural populace.

“The government has conducted the re-alignment of the health care service delivery in the state.

“Earlier this week, the state House of Assembly passed the bill for the establishment of the state Health Insurance Scheme.

“This is a tool the Government will utilize to ensure universal health coverage for residents of the Oyo state.

“Equally, the state Primary Health Care Law will soon be promulgated for further coverage of the grassroots in healthcare delivery.”

The Governor commended the United State Agency For International Development (USAID), Federal Ministry Of Health and other partners for their intervention and supportive roles, which according to him had enhanced the wellness of the people of the state.

He said that their noteworthy support over the years had assisted in minimizing the scourge of malaria, as underscored by the reduction in the incidence of the menace by 45% when compared with the 2012 figures.

Governor Ajimobi believes that the state is winning the battle as the incidence of malaria has now reduced by 45% when compared with the incidence of year 2012.

According to him, the regular mass distribution of insecticidal nets, which is currently ongoing in all 33 local government areas of Oyo state, has aided in the fight.

Ajimobi further assured all developing partners that the government would intensify its multi-prong approach aimed at curbing the malaria scourge in the state.

At the event, the representative of USAID, Dr Bolatito Aiyenigba, said that 8,500 health workers had been trained on malaria prevention, diagnosis and treatment, adding that mosquito nets, diagnostic tests and antimalarial drugs had been supplied to various centers in the state.

Aiyenigba said that no effort should be spared in the fight against malaria in Africa, stressing that the continent alone bears 80% of the global burden of the disease.

Of this percentage, she said it was regrettable that Nigeria alone accounts for one-third of the burden.

The USAID representative, however, commended the state government for spearheading the fight against malaria in all parts of the state through many safety nets.

Highlighting other key disadvantages, she said “malaria is responsible for one in every ten deaths of mothers due to complications in pregnancy.

“Therefore, no effort should be spared to tackle the scourge at the local, state, national and global levels.

“Your excellency, there is indeed great evidence that shows your commitment and good work to ensure that your people live in good health and in a sound environment.

“Please continue to give the health sector the required priority in your government,” she urged.

Chelsea Lose 1-2 To Liverpool In Premiership Tough Game

Liverpool and Chelsea matchChelsea lost 1-2 to Liverpool in a Premier League cracker-match on Friday.

The much talked about game started with both teams facing the game with so much enthusiasm, hoping to pick at least a point from the game.

Liverpool opened scoring at the 17th minute, with Dejan Lovren guiding a volley into the net from six yards.

Ivanovic had committed a foul and Liverpool took a quick short free-kick before Coutinho flight a ball to the far side of the box, where several Liverpool players were waiting, unperturbed by any defenders. Lovren guided the ball into the net.

Lovren’s first goal for Liverpool in the Premier League gave the visitors early lead in the game.

At the 36th minute Liverpool captain, Jordan Henderson, increased the margin for his side, after he curled a sumptuous dipping shot right into the top corner, beating Chelsea’s keeper again.

The first half of the game ended, with Liverpool two goals ahead of the home team.

Play resumed in the second half, with Chelsea making attempts to close the margin.

At the 62nd minute, Matic did brilliantly, showing unseen nimbleness to jink his way past Lallana to the by-line and cut the ball back to Costa, who stabbed the ball into the net at the near post.

It looked like a comeback for the home team, which made several efforts to share points with the visiting side.

Liverpool defence held sway, warding-off all attacks from Chelsea, carting home three maximum points.

It was their fifth game in the new season and with the win, Liverpool now have 10 points below Chelsea with 10 points but ahead of the reds on goal difference.

Manchester City is at the top of the table. The club has remained unbeaten in the new season, with 12 points from four games.

They are followed by Everton on 10 points, with five goals difference.