By Michael Eboh
The Chairman, Lagos State Board of Internal Revenue Services (LIRS), Mr. Babatunde Fowler has called on operators in the nationâ€™s financial sector to adopt a healthy lifestyle, as this will help enhance their productivity.
Speaking at a health seminar organised for workers in Lagos, Fowler noted that it is important that workers are educated on health management issues, as this will help them deliver on set targets and contribute meaningfully in the achievement of the objectives of their various organisations.
He said that a healthy workforce will deliver optimum result and urged both private and government agencies to promote initiatives tailored towards healthy living among workforce.
The guest speaker, a physician from George Kerry Life Foundation, Dr Maltida Kerry enjoined LIRS workers to adopt a healthy lifestyle in order to guard against cardiovascular diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, heart diseases and stroke
Kerry pointed out that stroke in particular was quite dangerous, described it as sudden death of the brain due to lack of oxygen.
According to her, stroke leads to inability to smile, talk and raise arms just as it caused difficulty with balance and sudden severe headache, , adding that the disease is caused by the blockage of blood flow or rupture of an artery to the brain
On the issue of diabetes, Kerry noted that the disease was chronic, which is difficult to cure but could be managed by keeping blood sugar levels as close to normal as possible
â€œDiabetic patients should reduce starchy foods such as potatoes, yams, garri and white bread. They should rather go for multi-grain, whole grain and whole wheat breads. Legumes (beans, peas), nuts, chicken, fish, fish oils, eggs, avocadoes, olives, fruits and vegetables,â€ she explained
She urged them to avoid sodas and manufactured juices, adding that they should limit their consumption of sweet and chocolates.
â€œThey should also control their blood pressure and cholesterol. Exercise is also very important and people who are obese should try to lose weight. Sex is also a very good form of exercise because a session of sex burns out 200 calories which is equivalent to 15 minutes on a treadmill.â€
Some of the workers who expressed their view opined that the seminar was worthwhile as it opened their eyes to preventable diseases that cause early death.