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Today marks World Obesity Day!

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On the occasion of World Obesity Day, Fat2Fit Ghana would like to encourage practical solutions to help Ghanaians achieve and maintain a healthy body weight and reverse obesity trends. Many of the underlying health conditions that have taken millions of lives around the world as a result of the global Covid-19 pandemic stems from obesity related diseases.

Obesity, a medical condition of carrying excess body weight, still remains a global health challenge with a third of the world’s population regarded as obese. According to a 2014 McKinsey Global Institute Report, this figure is expected to hit 50% by the year 2030 with the global cost of obesity exceeding 2 trillion dollars. Childhood obesity has also skyrocketed to unprecedented levels. In Ghana, the trend is no different. Nearly 43% of the adult population is either overweight or obese and childhood obesity particularly in urban areas are rising.

Obesity is a major risk factor for many non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, heart diseases, hypertension, stroke, sleep apnea, and various forms of cancer. Haven lost my mother to obesity related diseases and gone from weighing more than 130kg to 65kg, I have witnessed first-hand the havoc obesity can cause to one’s health, esteem and general lifestyle on one hand, and the many benefits of weight loss such as more energy, confidence, good mood, less stress, less knee pain, better blood sugar control and pressure, and better sleep, on the other hand.

The root causes of obesity are often a complex mixture of dietary, lifestyle, genetic, psychological, sociocultural, economic and environmental factors. Paying attention to total gut health, can go a long way to reduce some of the root causes.  Personally, I would attribute my obesity to the poor diet choices I picked up as a child. As a son of baker, I grew up on food, and the wrong ones at that. From bread, to pastries, pies, cakes, chips, cookies and all those highly caloric unhealthy foods. My siblings and I over indulged in eating these foods, making us all overweight and obese eventually. I used to deceive myself that I was obese because obesity runs in my family when in fact, no one runs in my family.

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To know if you are obese, simply check your Body Mass Index (BMI) which you can do at any pharmacy. A BMI of more than 25 puts you in the overweight category whiles a BMI of 30 and above puts you in the obese category. This means you are accumulating too much fat which can lead to severe health impairments. Fat around the mid-section particularly, known as visceral fat or belly fat, is highly dangerous as it surround vital abdominal organs like the liver, kidney, stomach, and small intestines and is linked to many of the NCDs mentioned earlier.

 

Practical solutions

Reducing and maintaining a healthy weight is simple though not easy. I tried for many years before I finally overcame it. It calls for Discipline, Dedication, and being Determined to achieve your desired weight; what I refer to as the 3Ds. It actually begins with a complete change of mindset and having strong reasons of why you want to embark on this journey. It could be for health reasons, for self-confidence, to look good or to become an inspiration to others which was one of my reasons apart from health to losing weight.

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Here are practical solutions which have not only worked for me but have proven beneficial to many of my clients and participants of my award winning 3FMFat2Fit Challenge.

The first area you want to tackle is your diet. You must be committed to eating healthy. Weight loss is 80% diet and 20% exercise.  This means you have to pay extra attention to the food on your plate. I always advise people to go for a plant based diet and less animals. Choose WHOLE foods over processed or packaged foods. Choose grilled, steamed or boiled foods over FRIED foods. Reduce your carbohydrate (rice, yam, banku, kenkey, fufu, etc.) portion and replace with fresh green salads with no salad cream. Avoid heavy late night eating and snack on fruits and vegetables instead of biscuits and soft drinks. If you have to eat late, go for a healthy soup such as carrot, pumpkin or a green soup with a few diced potatoes. Finally, avoid MINDLESS eating (turn off the TV and/or computer during meals) and drink lots of water. Also drink green teas. They help a lot.

The second area you want to look at is getting physically active. Many people do not like to exercise not because of the lack of time, but because they are lazy. I personally know many people who are working from home due to Covid-19 and have much control over their time, yet, they continue to say they do not have time to exercise. No you have the time. You just haven’t prioritized it yet because you will always make time for what you prioritize. The benefits of exercise are immense. It improves your energy levels, boost your immune system, makes you feel good, improves blood circulation, aids digestion, lights up your brain and boost your metabolism which would ultimately lead to weight loss. An hour of brisk walk in your neighborhood, an aerobics class, skipping, biking and swimming, are all great cardio exercises which can help you lose weight. You can also sign up at a gym and add some strength training exercises. Increasing your muscle mass would burn excess fats and also lead to weight loss.

A combination of a healthy diet and physical activity are the best ways to achieve an ideal body weight. One must however be consistent. Consistency is the key. Nobody gets into their ideal body weight by taking a single trip to the gym. You must do it over and over and over again until you get there. Do not go for any short cuts because short cuts they say are always dangerous. Rather, go for a healthy lifestyle approach which you can maintain and also comes with no complications. With the impact of Covid-19 still raging, a healthy lifestyle is one of the surest ways to minimize its effect on you.

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The role of government in fighting the obesity epidemic can also not be overemphasized. By reforming approaches to nutrition, exercise and health in schools, enacting the right policies, embarking on obesity education and awareness, promoting development and infrastructure projects that support healthy active lifestyles, and by influencing the food and beverage industry, government can reduce the impact of obesity in our country.

Obesity is preventable. Let’s all work together to build happier, healthier and longer lives for everybody!

By Akoto DerGross, Founder & CEO, Fat2Fit Ghana

The Writer is a Certified Weight Loss Expert and Author of 7 Simple Steps to Losing Weight and Change What You Eat; Change How You Look. He is also the Founder of Fat2Fit Ghana, an organization committed to assisting Ghanaians lose weight the right way. Think Weight Loss…..Think Fat2Fit!

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Samsung begins pre-order deals for AI TVs in Ghana

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Samsung has announced a new era of AI TVs with the launch of its Neo QLED 8K, Neo QLED 4K and OLED TVs at the Unbox & Discover event, with an amazing pre-order offer. Samsung, the Global Number 1 TV brand for 18 years, sets the benchmark for video innovation, with the ultimate embodiment of next-level AI TV technology and excellence designed to upscale every moment at home.

Imagine a world where your viewing experience is always extraordinary no matter the content! Thanks to the 2024 Samsung Neo QLED 8K AI TV powered by the NQ8 AI Gen2 Processor with built-in 8K AI Upscaling Pro Technology, the TV offers quantum leaps in performance by transforming any content into 8K resolution, even your old videos. You will see these videos transform into looking so clear and real, it is like bringing the past right into your living room with sizes ranging from 65 to 85 inches.

The 2024 Neo QLED 4K AI TV comes with cutting-edge innovations and elevates the viewing experience with groundbreaking features powered by the NQ4 AI Gen2 Processor. Enhanced by Real Depth Enhancer Pro and Quantum Matrix Technology, the screen ensures impeccable contrast even in complex scenes. With the world’s first Pantone Validated display for color accuracy and Dolby Atmos for an immersive audio experience, Neo QLED 4K sets the bar. Neo QLED 4K will be available in sizes ranging from 55 to 85 inches.

Made for more than just watching, the 2024 Samsung OLED AI TV ensures peak performance for ultimate gaming experiences. Samsung is also introducing the world’s first glare-free OLED, eliminating unnecessary reflection while preserving deep blacks and clear images under any lighting condition. Powered by the same formidable NQ4 AI Gen2 Processor as the Neo QLED 4K lineup, Samsung’s OLED TVs boast features like the Real Depth Enhancer and OLED HDR Pro, bringing picture quality to new heights from 65 to 83 inches.

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Pre-Order Offer

The 2024 AI TVs will be available for pre-order with exclusive premium freebies until 27th June 2024 in all Electroland Ghana Limited and CompuGhana Limited showrooms. Pre-order a Samsung AI TV now to receive a Soundbar, Freestyle Smart Projector, and Galaxy Fit3 with free delivery and installation.

 

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Soulful Songstress Emeli Sandé Scores “Roots” for The Macallan’s Bicentennial Celebration

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Internationally renowned singer-songwriter Emeli Sandé takes a surprising turn, crafting a stirring soundtrack titled “Roots” for the esteemed single malt Scotch whisky, The Macallan. This poignant composition marks a unique collaboration as The Macallan celebrates its momentous 200th anniversary.

Sandé, known for her soulful vocals and impactful lyrics, delivers a heartfelt ode to The Macallan’s enduring legacy. Her Scottish roots lend a special resonance to the project, mirroring The Macallan’s deep connection to the land and its unwavering commitment to exceptional craftsmanship.

Just as Ghanaians cherish the rich heritage of Highlife and Afrobeats passed down through generations, The Macallan honors its meticulous craftsmanship and centuries-old legacy with the collaboration.

“Roots” perfectly captures the essence of The Macallan’s enduring spirit. Sandé’s lyrics, “Time will bring its changes, but our roots they will remain,” resonate deeply, reflecting the brand’s commitment to tradition while embracing innovation.

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According to Emeli Sandé, “Roots means legacy. You have your roots and they spread so far around the surrounding ground. You have your trunk and that’s your journey through life – the branches can go here, and there, but at the end of the day, everything is coming from the same point.”

The celebration extends beyond music. A captivating film by Jérémie Rozan accompanies the soundtrack, taking viewers on a mesmerizing journey through The Macallan’s past, present, and future. The film showcases the enduring connection that binds generations who have stewarded this iconic brand.

This unexpected collaboration between Emeli Sandé and The Macallan promises a powerful exploration of heritage,artistry, and the pursuit of excellence.

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Founding Partner and CEO of the Fearless Fund Arian Simone visits Ghana Presidency

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In a delegation led by Pan African company Ifactorylive CCO Michael Djaba with Dora Whittley managing partner of Whittley Agency.

Arian Simone had discussions about Fearless Fund and Fearless fund foundation Africa.


Fearless fund have invested over 27 million US dollars in women of color businesses,Additionally, they have Invested over $850,000 USD in African-founded businesses and provided grants in Côte d’Ivoire.

Follow @fearless.fund for more information

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Edward Asare Inducted into IPR Ghana and CIMG as Associate Member

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Edward Asare, a seasoned digital marketer, media expert, and PR professional, has been inducted as an associate member of both the Institute of Public Relations Ghana (IPR Ghana) and the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG).

Edward Asare, who currently serves as Digital Marketer at UBA Ghana Ltd, has a passion for helping individuals, brands, and businesses communicate their value and build their online presence. With a background in social media community management and blogging, he has developed a unique approach that integrates marketing and communications to drive brand awareness, visibility, and engagement.

His induction into IPR Ghana and CIMG proves his expertise and commitment to excellence in the field. As an associate member, Edward will contribute to the advancement of public relations and marketing practices in Ghana, sharing his knowledge and experience with peers and professionals.

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Eye Care Tips for Different Age Groups

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Eye Care

Maintaining good eye health is essential at every stage of life. From childhood to old age, our eyes require different types of care to ensure they function properly and stay healthy. Here are some essential eye care tips tailored to different age groups:

Infants and Toddlers (0-3 Years)

  1. Regular Check-ups: Schedule regular eye exams to detect any early signs of vision problems. The first comprehensive eye exam should be done at 6 months of age.
  2. Monitor Development: Keep an eye on developmental milestones related to vision, such as tracking moving objects and recognizing familiar faces.
  3. Protect from UV Rays: Use hats and shades for babies to protect their sensitive eyes from harmful UV rays when outdoors.

Children (4-12 Years)

  1. Annual Eye Exams: Ensure children have annual eye exams to monitor their vision as they grow. Early detection of issues like myopia (nearsightedness) is crucial.
  2. Screen Time Management: Limit screen time and encourage regular breaks to reduce eye strain. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break and look at something 20 feet away.
  3. Protective Eyewear: Encourage the use of protective eyewear during sports and recreational activities to prevent eye injuries. 

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Teenagers (13-19 Years)

  1. Balanced Diet: Promote a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and omega-3 fatty acids to support overall eye health.
  2. Avoid Smoking: Educate teenagers about the risks of smoking, which can lead to serious eye conditions like macular degeneration and cataracts.
  3. Contact Lens Hygiene: Teach proper contact lens care to prevent infections. Ensure they follow the prescribed wearing and cleaning schedule.

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Contact Lens Hygiene           

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Adults (20-39 Years)

  1. Routine Eye Exams: Schedule comprehensive eye exams every two years to check for vision changes and early signs of eye diseases.
  2. Computer Vision Syndrome: For those who spend long hours on computers, use ergonomic setups, take regular breaks, and consider blue light filtering glasses.
  3. Sunglasses: Wear sunglasses that block 100% of UV rays to protect eyes from sun damage, which can contribute to cataracts and other eye conditions.

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Middle Age (40-59 Years)

  1. Presbyopia Awareness: Be aware of presbyopia, a natural age-related condition that affects near vision. Consider reading glasses or multifocal lenses if needed.
  2. Monitor Health Conditions: Manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension, which can affect eye health. Regular eye exams can help detect related complications early.
  3. Protect from Blue Light: Use blue light filtering glasses and reduce screen time to minimize the risk of digital eye strain and potential retinal damage.

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Seniors (60+ Years)

  1. Frequent Eye Exams: Increase the frequency of eye exams to at least once a year to monitor for age-related eye conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and macular degeneration.
  2. Maintain a Healthy Diet: Continue to eat a balanced diet rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that support eye health.
  3. Fall Prevention: Ensure living spaces are well-lit and free of hazards to prevent falls that could lead to eye injuries.

General Eye Care Tips for All Ages

  • Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of water to maintain good eye moisture and overall health.
  • Avoid Rubbing Eyes: Rubbing can introduce germs and cause irritation or infection.
  • Practice Good Hygiene: Always wash hands before touching your eyes, especially when inserting or removing contact lenses.
  • Regular Breaks: Follow the 20-20-20 rule to prevent eye strain from prolonged screen use.

Conclusion

Eye care is a lifelong commitment that changes with each stage of life. By following age-appropriate eye care tips and scheduling regular eye exams, you can help ensure that your eyes stay healthy and your vision remains clear. Prioritizing eye health is essential for maintaining overall well-being and enjoying a high quality of life.

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Ada Senior High Tech Students Receive 600 Math Sets from UK-Based Philanthropist Stacey Rosa

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In a commendable act of generosity and commitment to education, Stacey Rosa, a renowned Ghanaian philanthropist based in the UK, has donated over 600 math sets to the students of Ada Senior High Technical School. This significant contribution is aimed at enhancing the learning experience and academic performance of the students, particularly in mathematics. (more…)

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