Zika is one of the recent health scares that has caught the attention of the global health community.
Zika is a disease which is caused by the Zika virus. This is spread to people primarily through mosquito bite by an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes become infected when they bite people already having Zika virus. This can also be transmitted from mother to baby during pregnancy or childbirth.
Typically 1 in 5 persons infected with Zika become ill. Some of the common symptoms of Zika include fever, joint pain, rashes and conjunctivitis. These symptoms can last even for several weeks. Once you notice these symptoms, consult your physicians immediately.Read More »
Investment in employee wellness can reap huge dividends – not just for the company, but also for the individual employees. And which organization wouldn’t like their employees to be healthy, motivated and more productive!?
Traditionally, very few companies had employees’ health and wellbeing high on their priority list. Barring few organizations, organizations neither had intent, nor the knowhow about this. However, of late, several organizations realized the importance of healthier employees. Healthier workforce helps organizations increase productivity, reduce absenteeism and increase motivation. This in turn not only benefits the employee but has impact on overall organization’s performance.Read More »
“Eat Breakfast Like a King, Lunch Like a Prince, and Dinner Like a Pauper”
We can eat as much as a prince at lunch! That is – little less than breakfast and little more than dinner.
The quantity is defined here but quality also plays an important role, especially when lunch is eaten outside home/ at work. Some of us end up carrying packed lunches from home, which let us admit are often boring!Read More »
Increasing physical activity has the potential to improve weight loss and maintenance. Studies indicate that an increase in sedentary activities, particularly television viewing, and an overall decrease in physical activity are contributing to an increased incidence of overweight and obesity in children and adolescents.
Strategies to increase physical activity should include increases in structured and non structured physical activity and reductions in the amount of time spent in sedentary activities.
Kids need about 60 minutes of physical activity a day, but this doesn’t have to happen all at once. Several short 10- or even 5-minute periods of activity throughout the day are just as good. If your children are not used to being active, encourage them to start with what they can do and build up to 60 minutes a day.Read More »
Can seemingly healthy round and chubby babies be actually malnourished?
Yes! Round and chubby babies can actually be malnourished.
Malnutrition is not just under-nutrition, it covers over-nutrition as well. The diet of Undernourished babies is usually lacking in energy and protein (macro-nutrients) along with other vitamins and minerals (micro-nutrients). But the dietary habits of over-nourished babies include more energy / calories but less of the vital micro-nutrients and right type and amount of macro-nutrients. Read More »
Globally, in 2013 the number of overweight children under the age of five, was estimated to be over 42 million. Close to 31 million of these are living in developing countries, including India.
Overweight and obese children are likely to stay obese into adulthood and more likely to develop noncommunicable diseases like diabetes and cardiovascular diseases at a younger age. Overweight and obesity, as well as their related diseases, are largely preventable. Prevention of childhood obesity therefore needs high priority.Read More »
Back pain is one of the often-ignored health conditions. It is something people often take lightly even though there are symptoms and don’t seek intervention before the “mild” back pain becomes a “chronic” or “severe” back pain. This is often manifested in form of a ache, tension or stiffness in your back. While back pain can affect any point near your vertebral column, lower back pain is the most common back pain.
In extreme cases back pain can even lead to conditions like slip disk or spondylitis.
In later stages of life, back pain may often end up becoming a chronic condition with no definitive cure and in this case the best one can do is to take measures to prevent it from worsening.Read More »