4.18.2013

PIA News Service - Wednesday, April 17, 2013



News Feature: Celebrating World Health Day

By Dines Garcia

BUTUAN CITY, Apr. 17 (PIA) -- Every year on April 7, World Health Day commemorates the founding anniversary of the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1948. A theme is selected yearly to better give emphasis on a certain area of public health in the world. This year, the theme is High Blood Pressure.

About one in 10 people in their 20s and 30s to five in every 10 people in their 50s or one in every three adults have high blood pressure worldwide(WHO).

Hypertension – the rise in blood pressure increases the risk of developing heart attacks, strokes and kidney failure.

Measured in millimeters of mercury (mmHg), blood pressure is recorded in two numbers, oftentimes one on top of another.

These two numbers represent the systolic blood pressure, or the highest pressure in a blood vessel, which occurs when the heart contracts, and the diastolic blood pressure of the lowest pressure in a blood vessel that occurs between heartbeats when the heart muscle relaxes.

The normal adult blood pressure is defined as a systolic blood pressure of 120 mmHg and a diastolic blood pressure of 80 mmHg.

A normal blood pressure level is vital for the efficient functioning of vital body organs such as the heart, the brain, and the kidneys for overall health and well-being. An elevation from the normal blood pressure or a systolic blood pressure equal to or greater than 140 mmHg and/or a diastolic blood pressure equal to or greater than 90 mmHg.

High blood pressure may lead to the enlargement of the heart, heart attack and, eventually, heart failure. Under high pressure, the blood vessels may eventually develop bulges and weak spots making them more likely to burst or clog up. Small blood vessels inside major body organs are more likely to get affected such as the brain, the heart and the kidneys. High blood pressure may cause a stroke, kidney failure, blindness or cognitive impairment.

“Tobacco use contributes to the development of high blood pressure. Some of the 7,000 chemicals in tobacco damage the walls of your arteries causing them to narrow, contributing to the risk of developing high blood pressure,” said Delma Legaspi, during the training on smoking cessation held at Luciana Convention Center, Butuan City. Graced by representatives from various municipalities and cities in the Caraga region, the training was conducted to better strengthen the fight against tobacco use though the establishment of Smoking Cessation Clinics throughout the region.

High blood pressure is preventable as well as treatable. Management of high blood pressure includes adaptation of healthy behaviors, regular monitoring of blood pressure if possible, at home, checking of blood sugar, cholesterol and urine albumin levels, cardiovascular risk assessment, regular eyesight check-ups and following doctors as well as other health professionals’ advice. If blood pressure – lowering agents are prescribed by the doctor, take them regularly as advised.

Certain behaviors decrease the likelihood of developing high blood pressure.

A healthy lifestyle with emphasis on dietary precautions and balance nutrition is one of the key means of preventing high blood pressure.

A well-balanced diet which includes five servings of fruits and vegetables daily and minimizing the intake of saturated fat and food high in cholesterol is highly advised.

Reducing salt intake to less than five grams per day from all sources as well as avoiding the harmful use of alcohol, the cessation of tobacco use, the effective management of stress and routine physical activity of at least 30 minutes per day is recommended for a healthier whole being.

DOH – CHD Caraga Director, Dr. Ariel I. Valencia, as an advocate of healthy lifestyle practices, emphasized to all, especially to the CHD Staff, sports activities as a means of maintaining an active lifestyle. (DOH-CHD 13/PIA-Caraga)


Feature: Tips to enjoy summer

By Dines Garcia

It’s summer once more. March to May is highlighted by fiestas and vacation time. To make the best out of the summer time, it would be best to keep your body healthy and active.

Summer time is also the peak season for some spoilers, such as food poisoning, diarrhea, heat-associated ailments and recreation-associated injuries, thus the public is cautioned on the following: 1) food and water-borne diseases like typhoid, cholera, hepatitis A, food poisoning, and other diarrheas; 2) sore eyes; 3) measles; 4) mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue and malaria, and other conditions such as sunburn and prickly heat.

When preparing food, handlers are advised to wash their hands before and after food preparation. Food should be cooked properly. Avoid leftover food by consuming it immediately after cooking. This reduces the risk of food poisoning caused by bacteria.

Leftover food should be refrigerated, to decrease the likelihood of bacterial colonization, and reheated before consumption. If sick, avoid preparing food for others as a precautionary measure.

Ensure that your drinking water is potable and safe for consumption. If doubtful of its quality, boil drinking water for at least two minutes. Avoid drinking water or any beverage if you are doubtful of its quality, if in doubt, consider it unsafe. Lastly, wash and peel fruits and vegetables before eating. And always, wash your hands before and after eating.

When spending time on the beach, avoid staying under the sun with scanty/skimpy clothes for more than 3 hours as this predisposes you to sunburn, heat exhaustion and the worst, heat stroke. Should you want a tan, hydrate yourself by drinking lots of fluids as to avoid dehydration. When spending the day at the beach with your family and kids, always have an adult, who is not under the influence of alcohol, with the children. Never let children swim by themselves unsupervised.

Check your vehicles before embarking on a trip. Check spare tires, brakes, and other essentials before leaving home. If your vehicle is unsafe, you are, too. Bring extra supplies and repair kits in the event of a car breakdown. Never drive if you are under the influence of alcohol, the safety of your passengers depends on you.

“Summer time is one of the best times of the year to spend with your family. Spend a healthy and illness-free vacation with your family by practicing precautionary measures to keep you active and on the go,” advised Dr. Ariel I. Valencia, Director, DOH – CHD Caraga. (DOH-CHD 13/PIA-Caraga)


Tagalog news: Mga produkto mula sa Pilipinas namayagpag sa Natural and Organic Expo sa London

Ni David M. Suyao

AGUSAN DEL SUR, Abril 17 (PIA) -- Matagumpay na naging bahagi ng 2013 Natural & Organic Products Europe expo ang Pilipinas.

Ito ang nangungunang pagtatanghal ng mga natural at organikong produkto tulad ng pagkain, produktong pangkalusugan at pampaganda, sa London.

Libu-libo ang bumisita sa itinanghal ng Pilipinas sa at marami ang naitalang order para sa maraming bagay na naka eksibit sa buong panahon ng pagtatanghal mula Abril 7–8, 2013.

Kabilang sa mga sumaling nagsipagtanghal mula sa Pilipinas ay ang Castillejos Agri- Farms, Echostore, Flora Integrated Farms, Marigold Manufacturing Corporation Tropicana Food Products at Refmad-V Enterprise.

Kasama sa mga ibinida ng Pilipinas ay mga produktong mula sa niyog (sabaw ng niyog, langis mula sa niyog, asukal, desiccated coconut at iba pa), kape, tsaa, cocoa, muscovado, bigas, katas ng mga prutas, sawsawan, jams and preserves, preskong prutas at pineapple fiber.

Ang Ambassador ng Pilipinas sa United Kingdom na si Enrique Manalo ay naroon rin para batiin ang mga nagsidalo at mga bumisita.

Ang pagsali ng Pilipinas sa pagtatanghal ay proyekto ng Department of Agriculture sa pakikipag-ugnayan sa Philippine Trade and Investment Center (PTIC) sa London at sa Philippine Embassy sa London. (RER/DMS/PIA-Agusan del Sur)


Cebuano News: Aquino administration misimpatiya ngadto sa mga biktima sa Boston bombing

Ni Susil D. Ragas

SURIGAO CITY, Abril 17 (PIA) -- Si Presidente Aquino kagahapon mihatag sa iyang mga pag-ampo ngadto sa mga biktima sa duha ka mga pagpamomba atol sa Boston Marathon ug iyang gikondinar ang mga nagpaluyo sa maong pagpamomba nga usa unta ka malinawon nga kalihukan sa paugnat sa kusog.

Sumala ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte sa iyang pamahayag nga ang administrasyon miduyog sa international community sa paghatag sa ilang simpatiya ngadto sa mga nawad-an og mga minahal sa kinabuhi sa maong pagpamomba sa Boston Marathon.

Sumala pa ni Valte nga ang Boston Marathon usa ka tinuig nga selebrasyon sa tawhanong diwa sa endurance, friendly competition, ug community celebration.

Dugang pa niya nga ilang gikondinar kadtong nanamastamas sa maong kalihukan nga maoy hinungdan sa pagkalas sa mga kinabuhi nga naagoman sa syudad sa Boston ug sa tibook Estados Unidos.

Matud pa ni Valte nga ang Presidente personal nga mipaabot sa iyang mensahe pahasubo, ug pakighusa sa mga katawhan sa Boston, diin maoy nahimong dalangpanan niya ug ang iyang pamilya atol sa Martial Law. (PIA-Surigao del Norte)