Nutrition is the cornerstone of good health and development. From September 1-7, National Nutrition Week is being observed to spread awareness about good nutrition diet and healthy lifestyle. The nutrition week is observed to make people understand the importance of a nutrition filled diet so they can maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Apricots are a great supply of vitamins and minerals that are required for a healthy body. Eating apricots as a part of a diet rich in fruits is a great way to prevent cancer, low cholesterol, and heart disease risk. Apricots also enhance vision and improve digestion. Besides, it also aids in weight loss and improves skin health. The dietary fibre in Apricot increases the metabolism which improves the human body's digestion and prevents constipation. Apricot is also a good source of iron making it one of the curing food for anaemia.
It is a shrub from China and areas of Europe. It contains many medicinal compounds and nutrients like vitamins, amino acids and fatty acids which are good for a healthy immune system. The leaves and the berries of sea buckthorn are all used for their medicinal and nutritional qualities. Sea buckthorn is also used as a cosmetic treatment like sunscreen or any other remedy for skin problems. In herbal medicine, sea buckthorn is used to stimulate the digestive system and enhance heart and liver health as well. It is helpful for other health issues like diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, inflammation, and arthritis. According to Aseem Sood, Managing Director, Proveda India, their new nutritional powerhouse 'Sante Sea buckthorn Juice' is useful for all parts of human health.
Giloy has been used in Indian medicine for a very long due to its medicinal properties. Giloy is a powerhouse of antioxidants that attacks free-radical and prevents diseases. It helps in cleansing the blood and ward off liver diseases and urinary tract infections. Consuming Giloy is very beneficial as it improves digestion and treats bowel-related issues like constipation. Giloy is for excellent health and regular consumption of Giloy juice helps to reduce the high level of blood sugar and respiratory problems. It is also beneficial in treating arthritis.
Amla also known as gooseberry is powerful than any other fruit and is considered as one of the superfoods. Vitamin C, one of the nutrients in Amla, is easily absorbed by the body to combat the common cold. Studies have proven that carotene in Amla improves vision and regular consumption leads to improved eye health. One of the most exciting advantages of Amla is that it burns fat. Consuming Amla before a meal makes one feel full and help them eat less. Amla also boosts metabolism that will help in faster weight loss. This superfood also prevents dandruff and strengthen the hair follicles making hair look beautiful.
Ginseng is a light coloured, fork-shaped root herb that boosts energy and controls blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It helps to promote physical and mental activity for those who feel weak and tired most of the time. Some initial studies on cancer patients receiving treatment have shown that ginseng help reduces cancer-related weakness. Due to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Ginseng reduces inflammation. Ginseng also benefits brain functions like memory or mood swings.
Blueberries are incredibly healthy, nutritious and widely popular and often known as a superfood. Blueberries are low in calories. These berries are among the most nutrient-packed berries containing fibre, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese along with a small number of other nutrients. The king of antioxidant foods, blueberries protect your body from free radicals preventing early ageing and other diseases like cancer. People with high blood pressure issues can consume blueberries as a part of their daily diet. Alongside, it also prevents heart diseases and helps in maintaining brain functions and also improving memory.
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Washington, Sep 4 (IANS) A woman from Kansad who died in January 2020 has been listed as the first known person to die with Covid-19 in the US, according to local media reports.The death certificate of Lovell "Cookie" Brown, who died on January 9, 2020, in Leavenworth, Kansas, was recently amended to say she died from the disease, Xinhua news agency quoted The Mercury News daily as saying in a report."Three months ago, Brown's doctor quietly added 'Covid-19 Pneumonia' as one of the causes of her death, not only amending her death record but also effectively rewriting the timeline of when the pandemic reached the US," said the report."Brown's original death certificate said she'd died only from a stroke and chronic obstructive lung disease. "But in May of this year, that changed," said the report, adding Brown's family had no idea until this week."Why is still a mystery. Her death is now included in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's official record of US Covid deaths, but the agency wouldn't comment further," it said.Previously, the first known Covid-19 death in the US was thought to have occurred on February 6, 2020, in a woman living in San Jose, California. Since the onset of the pandemic early last year, the US has registered a total of 647,573 Covid-19 deaths, the highest in the world.--IANSksk/
San Francisco, Aug 20 (IANS) Apple has delayed return to office until at least January 2022, as the US witnesses a surge in cases of the delta variant of Covid-19.The iPhone maker said the employees would get a month's notice before they rejoin work in-person, reports The Verge, citing an internal email."I know there are feeling of frustration that the pandemic is not yet behind us. For many colleagues around the world, this period has been a time of great tragedy, suffering, and heartbreak. Please know that we are all here to support one another and stand with one another during such challenging times," said, Deirdre O'Brien, senior vice president of people and retail.In June, Apple CEO Tim Cook had said that employees would need to return to offices three days a week starting in early September. That date was then moved to at least October.Some employees have pushed back against Apple's hybrid model at workplace.Earlier, Facebook also delayed its return-to-office plans till early next year.Microsoft has also pushed its full office reopening date from September to "no earlier than October 4, 2021".Twitter has shut offices in US, and Google and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said the company will require employees to be vaccinated before returning to the office in the later part of the year.Amazon has also announced to delay its return-to-office timeline by January 2022.The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world's highest number of cases and deaths at 37,291,739 and 625,153, respectively.--IANSna/
Kolkata, Aug 19 (IANS) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will be camping at SSKM -- the state-run tertiary referral hospital -- once in a week along with senior bureaucrats to make on-the-spot survey for further upgradation of the healthcare system in the state.It will be the first occasion since the time of the first Chief Minister of the state, Bidhan Chandra Roy, who was also a medical doctor by profession, that a Chief Minister will spend regular hours at a city hospital."Healthcare is an important sector for me. The health secretary himself sits at the Swasthya Bhavan. So we have decided to camp at SSKM every Thursday. If I am not in the city, it would be held every 15 days. The purpose of my visit is to address health related issues as early as possible with better monitoring and coordination," Banerjee, who also holds the health portfolio, said during her visit to the SSKM on Thursday evening."Many new projects are also coming up at SSKM, including a new cancer hospital in collaboration with the Tata Memorial. I can also monitor the developments taking place at the hospital," she added.Banerjee will camp at the SSKM along with Chief Secretary H.K. Dwivedi and senior officials of the health department, including Health Secretary N.S. Nigam, to carry out an in-depth study of the infrastructure available in the state-run hospitals.Banerjee also asked SSKM Director Manimoy Bandyopadhyay to set up the necessary infrastructure so that it can accommodate a dozen officials who would be present with her during her visits to the hospital every week. The Chief Minister would visit the hospital at 4 pm every Thursday and would be present there for the next three to four hours.The Chief Minister's decision comes at the time when the state government has introduced Swasthya Sathi Card that provides health insurance coverage for every 10 crore people of the state. The state government has also introduced free treatment at the government healthcare establishments."The Chief Minister wants to oversee the execution of different projects personally. She wants to see the implementation of the projects so that the people are not left out of the government benefits. She will personally monitor all the health-related developments and instruct the officials for the fast implementation of the projects," an official said.Talking about a second cancer hospital that is coming up in Siliguri, Banerjee said that she has asked G.K. Dhali of IPGMER, who had earlier visited Siliguri in connection with setting up of the hospital, to once again visit north Bengal as there are reports of rise in Covid cases on the Sikkim border.When asked about the condition of her leg, in which she had received injuries during Assembly election campaign at Nandigram and had subsequently campaigned on a wheelchair, Banerjee said: "Last week only there was an MRI on my ankle. It is yet to heal completely and it is still swollen. They (doctors) are saying that it would take another one-and-a-half months to heal completely."--IANSsbg/arm
Chennai, Aug 19 (IANS) With schools in Tamil Nadu for classes IX to XII all set to reopen from September 1, the state health department has issued a standard protocol wherein all the students are to be screened within a week of reopening.The SOP also made it mandatory that all the teachers and school staff be vaccinated. The students who are eligible to take vaccines must also be inoculated, a statement from the state health department on Wednesday said.Schools have been asked to disinfect areas such as water tanks, kitchens, canteen, washrooms, libraries, laboratories and transport vehicles. Frequently touched surfaces such as desks and benches and other equipment also must be disinfected, as per standard protocol.The SOP also said that standard distance has to be maintained in classes and chair or benches have to be kept wide apart - at least 6 feet distance from each other. Temporary spaces or bigger outdoor spaces can be used for conducting classes. If weather permits classes can be held outdoor.Temporary spaces and larger rooms like laboratories and libraries, computer rooms, or auditoriums can be used to conduct classes to maintain a safe distance.Social distancing norms have to be followed in staff rooms, canteens, and other areas of the schools.Schools can be run in shifts, 50 per cent of students should be allowed to attend school every alternate day to ensure social distancing norms. The schools are not allowed to conduct functions or celebrations and strict SOPs have to be adhered to.Assemblies can be conducted in their respective classrooms, outdoor spaces, or halls under the guidance of the teachers. Signs and markings must be made in classrooms, libraries, laboratories, outside washrooms, handwashing areas, school kitchen, bus parking areas as well as entry and exit to schools.Covid appropriate behaviour must be communicated to teachers, students, parents, staff, and members of management committees through online or offline modes. Pamphlets, public announcements can be made on Covid appropriate behaviour like hand hygiene, respiratory hygiene, disinfection of frequently touched surfaces, and safe distancing.Tamil Nadu School education minister, Anbil Mahesh Poyyamozhi told IANS, "We will be taking utmost care for the health and safety of students, teachers, and staff members and all the SOPs as far as Covid is concerned have to be maintained as and when the schools reopen for students of higher classes."--IANSaal/skp/
Gurugram, Aug 12 (IANS) In a unique initiative, the health department of Nuh district in Haryana, along with M3M Foundation, on Thursday launched the 'Jan Swasthya Chetna Yatra' -- an awareness-cum-vaccination campaign.The campaign, to be held between August 12-31, focuses on ramping up vaccination and shedding vaccine-related hesitancy among communities in 64 villages. It also aims to vaccinate more than 4,000 residents and reach out to over 10,000 people through the awareness drive to prepare for a possible third wave of coronavirus.Dr. Surender Yadav, Chief Medical Officer, Nuh, said: "Earlier, the vaccination in this area had been the lowest but the speed of daily vaccination has increased significantly in the last two months. "This initiative will give a much-needed boost to it. Our health workers were not able to reach at the village level to answer everyone's questions, but the plan of this campaign is such that people can now easily ask their questions and doubts related to vaccines.Yadav hoped that the campaign will create awareness among the people and also accelerate the vaccination process. "Since this area is completely rural, this campaign will gain momentum when people will get to know about it," he said.During the inaugural event, Dr. Payal Kanodia, Trustee, M3M Foundation, said: "It is extremely crucial to safeguard the last person standing in the line to win the war against the pandemic. This campaign will largely benefit the underprivileged sections of the society to get vaccinated easily and as early as possible".Officials said 600 doses were provided on the first day of the campaign and vaccination is going on smoothly. Over 300 people had already registered themselves a day before the campaign.--IANSstr/pgh