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Cardiovascular Disease: the world's biggest killer

What it is and why we need to do something                 It is not surprising that so much attention is directed towards fighting infectious diseases in developing countries. They are a very visible problem, afflicting people of all ages, and the disparity between developed and developing countries is especially tragic and seemingly unjust. In fact, approximately 70% of deaths in sub-Saharan Af... Read more

Eating right with Diabetes

If you are a lover of food and you have just been diagnosed with diabetes, it must feel like your world has just crumbled but do not despair as there are many options to pursue with this situation. We have to establish first that icecream, beer, alcohol in general, tons of carbohydrate would have to be drastically reduced in your diet. If you are a lover of food and you have just been diagnosed with diabetes, it must feel like your wor... Read more

EAF Fundraiser...Community, EPIC and You!

EAF held our first fundraiser recently and it was a huge success. The theme that developed over the course of the night was community!  EAF recently held our first fundraiser in Calgary to build awareness and provoke critical thinking about non-communicable disease. The night was a great success involving traditional African cuisine, games, speakers, dancing and a thoughtful discussion about how we (YOU) can make a difference in t... Read more

Rwanda leads the way on NCD reduction policy

Reporting on this weeks NCD conference in Kigali. Rwanda is quickly earning itself the reputation as the outright leader on African health-related issues.  Civil war devastated the country in the early 1990s, but since fighting ended in 1994 Rwanda has become a success story for war-torn countries in the developing world. Life expectancy has doubled in the last 18 years, from 28 years in 1994 to 56 years in 2012.  The countri... Read more

Fighting non-communicable diseases in Africa- It starts with YOU.

Own your health; it is your own. Growing up, I came face to face with the severity of non-communicable diseases in Nigeria; from losing several loved ones and acquaintances to them, to seeing women and their children pushed into dire poverty after their husbands died from them, to seeing my classmate drop out of school because her father had died of cardiovascular disease. Non-communicable diseases are diseases like stroke, hear... Read more

Chasing Diabetes

My Dad grew up in a typical African Household in the 50's and this entailed dealing with multiple mothers and several siblings and having to share food with them. By several siblings, I don't mean 5 other siblings. I mean about 29 other legal siblings so when their mums announce that food is ready, they all rush and the person that hustles the most to eat gets satisfied. My Dad grew up in a typical African Household in the 50's and... Read more

"You are not only what you eat- you are what you're eating ate."

Dustin is a health coach and nutrition counsellor. He had once given me a healthy-shopping grocery store tour and after that I often email him to ask for his input on some health and nutrition questions. The post below is his email answer to one of my questions. Dustin is a health coach and nutrition counsellor. He had once given me a healthy-shopping grocery store tour and after that I often email him to ask for his input on some heal... Read more

Smoking and Taking Children To An Early Grave

Talking about children being the first victims of passive smoking. Studies have shown that second-hand smoke kills more than 600,000 non-smokers worldwide every year. Among these deaths, 379 000 are related to heart disease. Added to that, the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared, after research, that about 40 percent of the world’s children are regularly exposed to second-hand smoke in their home. Indeed, a report published ... Read more

Get Off Your Couch Or Else It Might Just Kill You

Correlation between high heart rates and earlier death. Researchers have found that people with higher heart rates ranging from 80-100 face higher risk of a premature mortality than those with lower heart rates. In fact, people with resting pulses of 80 beats per minutes die four to five years earlier than those with pulses of 65 beats per minute. Experts says that: “To put that into perspective, it is the same difference in life... Read more

Dandora: Life and Death

Taking a look at Dandora and the bigger picture. For those of us that play out our lives in first world paradise, it’s one of those images that is difficult to accept – a child, seemingly lost within an ocean of filth and waste that stretches beyond the horizon in every direction. But this child is not alone, not within their country, nor within that ocean in which their feet are submerged. And we’ve all seen the imag... Read more
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