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In this final issue of Nyam News in this physical activity series we attempt to collate the main evidence for the various health indicators. Clearly, physical activity is positively related to health. However, to reap maximum benefits from physical activity, individuals (2yrs and older) are recommended to participate in a minimum of 30 minutes or more on most or all days of the week.

 

Green tea is regarded by many as a “miracle tea” and  is reputed to be beneficial for many medical conditions such as: cancer, rheumatoid arthritis,high cholesterol levels, cardiovascular disease, neurodegenerative diseases, liver disease, halitosis, infection and impaired immune function. What exactly is green tea, and is it really so special?

Adults should choose a variety of nutrient rich foods containing vitamins,
minerals, carbohydrates and proteins and foods low in fat to be healthy
and for the prevention of chronic diseases. Research has shown that
excess intakes of fat, sugar, cholesterol, salt and alcohol are contributing
factors to many illnesses including diabetes, cardiovascular disease and
cancer. It is very important that adults balance their energy intake food
with physical activity in order to maintain an appropriate body weight and
to prevent the accumulation of fat which leads to obesity.

Aging is an inevitable natural process. It results in changes to several
organs which function less efficiently leading to the development
of disease. Research has shown that the risk of chronic disorders
increases significantly with age. Good nutrition can slow the disease
process, and assist the individual to have a longer life. It is very
important that elderly persons engage in good nutrition practices by
eating a variety of foods from the six food groups and being physically
active to delay or prevent the onset of diseases.

Zinc may not be one of the more well-known nutrients, but it is
essential for humans, as it plays an important role in many of the
body's functions. This issue of Nyam News takes a look at zinc in
the human body.

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