By Joyce Boahemaa Fosu
The Gender Development and Resource Centre of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, GIMPA, in early April organized a virtual meeting to mark International Health Day.
It was themed: ‘Building a fairer healthier world together.’
The Coordinator of the Centre Dr Beatrice Akua Sakyiwah stated that the advent of COVID-19 had altered the lifestyle of many individuals. Thus, diet and nutrition have become key.
According to her one thing that became obvious during the first wave of COVID-19 was the volume of weight increase that several people had to experience. They are now struggling to get rid of the weight.
The forum, she explained, grants an opportunity for individuals to share opinions about helpful lifestyle choices and how to combine them for an effective result.
The Chairman for the event, Prof. Anthony Sallar, an Associate Professor from the Business School lauded the Centre for its effort in sensitizing the public on a healthy lifestyle.
He indicated that the issue of health was paramount since it is all-encompassing and yet determined by many factors such as social status, age, and gender among many others.
He was optimistic that at the end of the meeting, many lessons would be learnt and some adjustments made where necessary.
Sensitizing the public, Mr Samuel Success Hanyor, a Registered Dietician stated that the impact of COVID-19 on health and lifestyle especially during the lockdown period were among others: a decrease in physical activities, a decrease in accessing health care due to fear of contracting the virus.
The rest are an increase in consumption of supplements, an increase in weight gain and also an increase in alcohol and tobacco consumption.
All, these have had health implications ranging from obesity, diabetes, and hypertension. ‘Unfortunately, these are all risk factors for certain forms of cancers,’ he added.
Mr Hanyor noted eating healthy requires having half of your plate of a meal being vegetables, a quarter being protein and the remaining quarter being carbohydrates.
He advised that the best way to lead a healthy eating lifestyle was to have small meals at regular intervals and not to starve or skip meals. He also cautioned against the intake of carbonated drinks and the need to cut down on sugar.
Mr Hanyor also urged the public to engage in a lot of physical activities.
There was a panel discussion by Dr Gina Teddy, Mr Benjamin Bubuama and Mrs Lydia Summerhayes Dodoo on the same topic.
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