Eat early this Christmas to avoid pot belly – Health Minister

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Minister of Health Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah has advised the public to

have early dinner during the yuletide to avoid developing pot belly,

obesity and related diseases.

The Minister in a Christmas message to the nation also proposed

vegetable soup or fruits for dinner for easy digestion.

Food and drinks served at parties during the season have become the

Ghanaian way of marking the celebrations and, therefore, eating late

at such events cannot be ruled out.

But Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah has cautioned the youth in particular,

not to do eat wisely.

"Ghana needs you strong and healthy for the year 2015. The year 2015

looks promising and brighter, but it is only when one has optimal

health that you can create wealth for a healthier and happy year".

The Ministry, therefore, recommends the following health tip to ensure

a successful, merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year:

1. You are what you eat and drink so it is important to watch what

you eat this Christmas season to stay healthier during and after the

season. We must try to reduce the consumption of excess

meat, saturated and trans fatty foods (deeply fried foods), too much

salt in our meals, excess sugar in pastries and soft drinks, and

over consumption of alcoholic beverages. We should still not forget to

include more vegetables in our festive meals and eat a lot of fruits

throughout the season. Let natural fruit juices replace your soft


2. Try to eat safe and fresh foods. Use safe food keeping practices

e.g. freezing and heating all leftover food before eating.

3. Drink at least 8 glasses or 6-8 sachets of water each day. It

will flush toxins and waste from your body and thin your blood for

effective circulation.

4. Try to have early dinner to prevent pot belly, obesity and

related diseases. You may consider vegetable soup or fruits for your

dinner for easy digestion.

5. Quit smoking and drink responsibly.

6. Exercise regularly at least 30 minutes three times a week.

7. Ensure clean environment and do not litter around to avoid diseases.

8. Have enough rest to control stress. Early to bed early to rise!

Sleeping early will help you rest and build your cells and tissues for

a regenerative morning.

9. Remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water

before eating and after visiting the lavatory.

10. Avoid direct contact with body fluids of a person suffering

from Ebola by using protective materials like gloves, goggles, and


11. Disinfect the beddings and clothing of an infected person with


12. Persons suspected to be suffering from Ebola should be taken to

the nearest health unit immediately

13. People who have died from Ebola should be promptly and safely

buried under strict supervision


This message is brought to you by the kind courtesy of the Hon.

Minister for Health, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, Ghana.

Credit: Myjoyonline

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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