In Ghana today, one of the most hardworking groups of people I have come across are our friends from the media fraternity. Elsewhere you can have a producer, an editor, a director and others doing their respective jobs but here sometimes it can be a ‘one man or two men show’. One person may be taking on three people’s duties.
Sometimes journalists are even forced to wear the marketing cap as well. So truth be told, most journalists have little or no time for themselves. Like I always say, your body is a machine that needs frequent maintenance. Some of my friends in the media take better care of their cars than themselves. Please pay attention to your health and love yourself:
- Know your numbers. When was the last time you went for a medical check-up? You should know at least your blood pressure, blood sugar and blood lipid levels.
- You must find 20 minutes 4 times a week to dedicate to exercise
- You must eat your heaviest meals during the day and eat light at night. I know most of you are so busy during the day working that you may be snacking here and there on junk foods. Now when you get home late at night then you want to eat heavily. Please put an end to this habit!
- Stop drinking and smoking.
- Lastly rest! You cannot save the world on your own. You need to have at least 6-7 hours of rest most nights if not all.
True health and wellness does not lie in a pill. True health lies within your very body. Our health system does not preach prevention. All our focus is on building new fancy hospitals. We are not looking at the basics.
What structures can we put in place to encourage more people to do the things listed above to prevent the occurrence of hypertension, stroke, diabetes and all other LIFESTYLE diseases? If care is not taken we will lose many citizens who are essential to the development of Ghana. Stand up today and be responsible for your health.
By: Dr. Naa Asheley Dordor, Chiropractic Physician
(Nova Wellness Center)