A Light In The Darkness
Healthy Lifestyle
April 28, 2022

A Light In The Darkness

Over the last two years, our lives and thoughts have been inundated with the COVID-19 pandemic. However, in South Africa especially, we cannot forget another dreadful pandemic that has been raging for decades – HIV /AIDS. As with COVID-19, the HIV/AIDS pandemic hit us out of nowhere, completely changing our understanding of the world and shattering lives globally. The world stood by in shock as fear, misinformation and panic spread.

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E-cigarettes and vaping – Is it the solution to quit smoking?
Healthy Lifestyle
April 28, 2022

E-CIGARETTES AND VAPING – is it the solution to quit smoking?

Despite wanting to quit, many people who smoke find it difficult to stick with it in the long term. Almost half who try to quit without support will not manage to stop for longer than a week, and fewer than 5% are able to keep it up for one year. Several products and services have become available to assist smokers in finally kicking the habit. The ‘quit smoking’ movement has become a growing industry.

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Grow Green
Healthy Lifestyle
April 28, 2022

Grow Green

If you, and maybe your children, need some motivation to get excited about eating your veggies, have some fun growing from kitchen scraps. Yes, you read it correctly, from vegetable cut-off scraps.

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Preparing for the double whammy: Flu season + COVID-19
Healthy Lifestyle
April 28, 2022

Preparing for the double whammy: Flu season+COVID-19

If there were any positives to come out of the past 2 years living through a pandemic, it was that the annual flu season seemed to be non-existent. While for some, flu means a few days off work, a headache and a tight chest, for vulnerable groups it can be deadly. Every year influenza kills about 10,000 people of five years and older in South Africa, and annually causes millions of cases of severe illness globally resulting hundreds of thousands of deaths.

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How up-to-date are you on physical movement?
Healthy Lifestyle
April 28, 2022

How up-to-date are you on physical movement?

Got a few minutes to spare? It isn’t breaking news that exercise is good for you, in fact physical inactivity is one of the leasing causes of chronic disease worldwide. That said, it is estimated that less than half of all South African adults meet the minimum criteria of health-promoting activity. A recent study has found that adding in just a few minutes of activity into your day, every day, can lower your risk of disease.

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Empower yourself: Beat workplace bullying
Healthy Lifestyle
April 3, 2022

Empower yourself: Beat workplace bullying

There’s no two ways about it: being bullied isn’t just tough in the moment, it continues to take a toll in other areas of your life. Bullying leaves a trail of destruction in its wake. It shatters your self-esteem and increases your risk of anxiety, depression, sleep disturbance and self-harm. It can even result in physical health problems like high blood pressure, stomach pain and poor appetite.

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Is COVID-19 related to your genes?
Healthy Lifestyle
April 3, 2022

Is COVID-19 related to your genes?

It’s something that has puzzled researchers from the start of the pandemic – why do some people experience severe illness, and others do not? These differences extend beyond known risk factors – like age, and existing disease. To answer this question, researchers began studying the genetics of people exposed to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and were able to identify links between developing the disease and variations in specific parts of their DNA.

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Spotlight on tuberculosis
Healthy Lifestyle
March 8, 2022

TB awareness – the role of chronic stress and mental health in disease risk

The pandemic has highlighted the idea of a disease being front and center in all aspects of our lives. However, for someone living with a chronic condition, this has been their reality long before COVID-19 came along, and the pandemic has simply made things worse.

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Standing up for yourself and others
Healthy Lifestyle
March 8, 2022

Standing up for yourself and others

Underlying all human rights is a deep respect for human life. There are those passionate people whose daily lives center around defending and upholding these precious rights so that we can all live in a more caring and just world. Each one of us can take inspiration from this and make choices that demonstrate how our own personal values uphold human rights.

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