By Remmy  Diagbare

IT is a known fact that there is an  increase in cardiovascular diseases, and cancer especially amongst our women folks. The reason is not far fetched –our lifestyles have changed, from the once healthy way to one steeped in unhealthy choices. Take for example our sedentary way of doing things. Once upon a time, we walked long distances to and from school.

At school, we had physical education – PE as a compulsory subject. Today, most schools do not offer physical education, while computer science is now the compulsory subject. What does this mean? Rather than be active and sweat off toxins, students are encouraged to be inactive

Roll over to parents; we are the worst culprits; from air conditioned office to the car, then the home. At home there is always some one on hand to send on errands; the remote control for the TV, radio and air condition. Some people are so spoilt for choice that the only activity they indulge in, is putting food in their mouth.

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Bracket... yori-yori

This is where Nigerians have erred the most. We have unfortunately mistaken unhealthy eating habit to modernity. Pray what is so hip about eating shawarma, or, pizza made with white flour.
Top on the list of poisons we ingest is the ice cream. We have left behind the good old days of healthy eating, when rice was a Sunday affair and bread a novelty. The result of this lifestyle is clear for all to see-obesity, overweight (90% of Nigeria women are overweight.) Increase in diseases and early on set of menopause.

Unless something is done and quickly too, the health implications in another ten years will be phenomenal. Nigeria does not have the health care facilities to cope with such upsurge. This is why the Allure team, decided to intervene. We teemed up with like- minded professionals and came up with WOW Exposé…- Women on Wellness Seminar aimed at sensitizing women  to the danger that lurks ahead.

But you may, like some have asked, why women? Who else can effect change, if not  the woman. Women are the ones who run the, nucleus of society, which is the family. They make the choices and we feel that having the right information will enable them make the right choices. To be warned is to be forearmed, or so, the saying goes. We are offering a public service and I hope you will buy into it.
If you have not bought your ticket by now, I suggest you go and buy one right away. At ten thousand naira, you will be getting so much more than the   price tag.

Apart from a sumptuous buffet, you will be given goodie bag, a conference folder. There will also  be  opportunity for networking.
In addition, there will be fashion show by Vlisco, JD7 and musical entertainment by Olumide and  Bracket-remember them- yori-yori
I look forward to seeing you there; Expo Center Eko Hotel, Saturday 12th, September.

Hallmarks of Labour foundation expands scope of scholarship awards

Hallmarks of Labour Foundation is pleased to announce the commencement of the 2nd phase of its Scholarship programme for the 2009/2010 academic session. The Foundation, which granted scholarship to 81 indigent secondary and tertiary students from the 3 Warri Local Governments last year will this year expand the scope of the programme to cover four (4) more Local Governments in Delta State. The benefiting Local Governments are Bomadi, Burutu, Warri, Uvwie and Okpe.

According to the Executive Secretary of the Foundation, Mrs. Patricia Otuedon-Arawore, the scholarship is directed at helping indigent secondary school students from Government schools only who may have been affected by communal clashes or crises, and who otherwise would have been unable to further their education.    :

The programme is aimed at uplifting:     •the educational standards of the youths of the Niger Delta;

•boost their confidence and give them hope to pursue positive goals in life;
• support and encourage them towards the optimum realization of their potentials and;
• inculcate in them a sense of belonging and responsible citizenship.;
On receipt of application forms, eligible candidates will be expected to write an aptitude test, followed by an interview after which successful candidates will be chosen.

The Hallmarks of Labour Foundation Secondary School Scholarship Award is tenable for six years i.e JSS. I to SSS.3 but renewable every school year on presentation of yearly stamped and duly signed school results.
Interested candidates who must be from Government schools are requested to pick up their form at the Headquarters of  the said Local Government Areas from August 20 2009. All forms must be returned by September 30,2009.

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