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Habits lead to healthy lifestyle – Expert

With good food habits and daily physical exercises or activities you will be on your way to a healthy life, Pharmacist Osayemen Olaye, a medical health expert has said. Pharmacist Olaye said our busy lifestyles such as rushing to and from school and tight work schedules can make it hard to find time to be physically engaged in exercises. ‘’Our busy lifestyles can be hard on our family’s health. Rushing to and from school and work can make it hard to find time to be physically active. ‘’We can also slip into the habit of choosing unhealthy snacks and take-away foods or spending our free time watching TV or in front of the computer. However, these choices can be dangerous for our health and our children’s health both now and in the long-term. That’s why it’s so important to stop, take stock and make a conscious decision to follow a healthy lifestyle’’ he said. Listing some simple ways to lead a healthy lifestyle and get back on track, Olaye said that getting active each day through regular physical activity is important for the healthy growth, development and well-being of children and young people. He stressed the need to get at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, including vigorous activities. “These include activities that strengthen muscles and bones on at least 3 days of the week. Parents should be good role models and have a positive attitude to being active. He also stressed the need to choose water as a drink adding that water is the best way to quench one’s thirst. “Water doesn’t come with the added sugar found in fruit juices, soft drinks and other sweetened drinks. Reduced fat milk for children is a nutritious drink and a great source of calcium. “Give kids whole fruit to eat, rather than offering fruit juices that have a lot of sugar. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Eating fruits and vegetables every day helps children grow and develop, boosts their vitality and can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases. Aim to eat two serves of fruit and five serves of vegetables every day. Have fresh fruit available as a convenient snack and try to include fruit and veggies in every meal. “Switch off the screen and get active. Sedentary or ‘still’ time spent watching TV, surfing online or playing computer games is linked to kids becoming overweight or obese. Children and young people should spend no more than two hours a day on ‘small screen’ entertainment. Break up long periods of use as often as possible. Plan a range of active indoor and outdoor games or activities for your children, as alternatives to watching TV or playing on the computer. “Eat fewer snacks and select healthier alternatives. Healthy snacks help children and young people meet their daily nutritional needs. Snacks based on fruit and vegetables, reduced fat dairy products and whole grains are the healthiest choices. Avoid snacks that are high in sugar or saturated fats – such as chips, cakes and chocolate – which can cause children to put on excess weight” Olaye added. Doosuur Iwambe, Abuja

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