There are several things, some within and others out of our control that can affect our health and well-being. Today, we are going to look at some of the small changes we can make here and there that are guaranteed to make us healthier.
- Keep a healthy weight. As you can see, I didnt give any particular values here, but generally weight is assessed using the body mass index (BMI), a ratio of weight in kilograms to the square of the height in meters with a normal range between 18.5 – 24.9.
- Regular exercise. The key word here is regular meaning everyday. Consistency is very key and 30minutes everyday is better than nothing.
- STAY AWAY FROM CIGARETTES and consume alcohol in moderation if you must. These are non negotiable facts.
- Eat healthy. Sugar, salt and fat and oil are three very good friends that have the power to destroy our health. Run!
- Regular health checkups. Most medical conditions are easier treated when discovered early so this is a no brainer.
- Vaccination wherever applicable. Several illnesses are preventable just by getting a vaccine shot.
- Avoid all forms of pollution. Polluted water, air, noise and dirty environments. Hmmn, now this can be very difficult for those of us that live in big cities. So I’ll add this, as much as you can.
- Avoid stress, rest adequately and be happy intentionally.
Joseph Odeyemi is a highly passionate and motivated medical doctor with a major interest in preventive medicine. He is driven by a keen need to target paediatric public health challenges associated with malnutrition and vaccine-preventable illnesses. He looks forward to harnessing his medical expertise to provide equitable and accessible healthcare to children in Africa, particularly Nigeria. A curious mind with an ardent love for history and football, Joseph is results-oriented, collaborative and excited about new learning opportunities. He graduated top of his class in medical school, spent the next year doing his mandatory 1-year internship at Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta and has since immersed himself into public health practice.