Monday, October 13, 2008

13 October - Health

In today’s show, we spoke to Ayesha Seedat – A Dietician from the Heart and Heart Stroke Foundation of South Africa. This week is the Obesity and Nutrition Week. According to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of South Africa, Obesity is now recognised as a major public health problem in many countries like Australia, America, UK, Mexico, Brazil as well as South Africa. Worldwide statistics show that 22 million children under the age of five are overweight. We spoke to Ayesha about what causes obesity and the risks associated with being obese. Remember, balance an active lifestyle for your child with a healthy diet - by limiting foods that are high in saturated fat, sugar and salt. Teach children healthy eating habits that will last their entire lifetime! For more details and nutritional advice from registered dieticians, contact the Heart Mark Diet Line on 0860 223 222 during office hours, or visit www.heartfoundation.co.za The Heart and Stroke Foundation SA, has a School Tuck Shop Programme designed to address the problem of unhealthy eating amongst school children. The main objective of the programme is to enable children to make healthier choices when faced with a range of options. To achieve this they strive to encourage school tuck shops to serve more nutritious snacks and meals. For more information about this programme, visit our website www.heartfoundation.co.za or email ayesha@heartfoundation.co.za.That interview was brought to you by the National department of health and funded by the European Union.

We heard from Suzanne Hotz – A Clinical Psychologist. We were focusing on the psychological effects of obesity. It is reported that an obese person may experience some psychological effects of obesity such as loss of self-esteem and depression. According to medical experts, obesity is not just a result of too much eating and leading sedentary lives. There are many factors that contribute the obesity that people should never hesitate to consult a professional regarding their situation. Suzanne explained more on how one can deal with being obese. Remember the best way to fight obesity is to acknowledge the situation and to get some help from professionals. For more information contact Suzanne on (021) 762 0931.

We closed off the show with an interview with Trudy Stegmann - A councillor for Le Leche League. The aim of Le Leche League is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. As the month of October marks International breast health awareness month, we were concentrating on the nutritional side of breast feeding. For more information about the support groups run for new mothers, you can visit their website www.llli.org

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