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Shriti Vadera, Baroness Vadera was born in Uganda, East Africa, to an Indian family on June 23, 1962. Her family owned and operated a small tea plantation until 1972, when they were exiled from Uganda, following President Idi Amin’s expulsion of Ugandan Asians from the country. Her family fled to India.

A determined young lady, Vadera, at the age of only five, insisted that her family find the money to pay the school fees of her caregiver, who could not at the time afford to pay them herself. At 14 she went on hunger strike demanding to be sent to school in England. The family later relocated to the UK, where she studied at Northwood College before proceeding to gain her degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Somerville College, Oxford.

After her education, Vadera worked for 14 years at UBS Warburg as an investment banker; her job at UBS included debt relief and restructuring and advising governments of developing countries. She also played an important role in the partial privatization of the South African Telecom. While in the UK, she built a reputation as a formidable economist, with the wit of mind and the strength of argument to persuade both the British government and the banking sector that she is someone to have inside their tent.

In 2007, Vadera was appointed Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State in the Department for International Development by the Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Following her appointment, she was made a life peer as Baroness Vadera, of Holland Park in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on 11 July 2007.

After six months as a Minister in International Development, she was moved to the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (now known as the Department for Business, Innovation, and Skills), and she also became a Parliamentary Secretary in the Cabinet Office in October 2008.

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In September 2009, it was announced that she would be stepping down as minister to take up a new role advising the G20, and in December 2010, she was appointed to the Boards of BHP Billiton and AstraZeneca as a non-executive director.

Baroness Vadera was announced Non-Executive Chairman of Santander UK, replacing Terence Burns, in December 2014, and She joined the board in January 2015 and succeeded Burns on 30 March 2015.

She has been commended by various reputable organizations including a listing as one of BBC’s 100 Women in 2016.

 

I often come across parents who are worried about their kids eating habits; they usually think these habits are peculiar to their kids but in truth, they’re not. It just has to do with how you manage the habit when it starts rearing its head.

Every parent wants their kid to have a healthy eating habit, and that’s what we are going to discuss today. First of all, what does it mean to eat healthily?

Healthy eating simply means eating a variety of foods that give you the nutrients you need to maintain your health, feel good, and have energy. These nutrients include protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals. Nutrition is important for everyone. Some say Healthy eating means eating a variety of foods from all food groups and choosing fewer foods that have lots of fats and sugar. This does not mean that you cannot treat your child to desserts or other sweets sometimes.

It is as important to teach your children healthy eating habits, as it is for you to adopt these behaviors yourself; as we know, children emulate a lot of adult habits from their parents and guardians. By modeling these healthy eating habits and teaching your kids same, you can help your children maintain normal growth and a healthy weight. It is also important to note that unlike other children habits such as picking their nose or pulling their hair, which they often grow out of, eating habits do not go away so easily with maturity.  The eating habits your children pick up when they are young will help them maintain a healthy lifestyle when they are adults.

To help us better understand and help our children adopt and maintain Healthy Eating Habits, I have gone ahead to pick out a few tips from Renee A. Alli, MD, a practicing Pediatrics doctor and an expert medical reviewer of content on WebMD. She writes:

By teaching your children healthy eating habits, and modeling these behaviors in yourself, you can help your children maintain a healthy weight and normal growth. Your child’s health care provider can evaluate your child’s weight and growth and let you know if your child needs to lose or gain weight or if any dietary changes need to be made.

Some of the most important aspects of healthy eating are portion control and cutting down on how much fat and sugar your child eats or drinks. Simple ways to reduce fat intake in your child’s diet and promote a healthy weight include serving:

  • Low-fat or nonfat dairy products
  • Poultry without skin
  • Lean cuts of meats
  • Whole grain bread and cereals
  • Healthy snacks such as fruit and veggies

Also, reduce the amount of sugar-sweetened drinks and salt in your child’s diet.

If you are unsure about how to select and prepare a variety of foods for your family, consult a registered dietitian for nutrition counseling.

It is important that you do not place your overweight child(ren) on a restrictive diet. Children should never be placed on a restrictive diet to lose weight unless a doctor supervises one for medical reasons.

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Other approaches parents can take to develop healthy eating habits in their children include:

  • Guide your family’s choices rather than dictate foods. Make a wide variety of healthful foods available in the house. This practice will help your children learn how to make healthy food choices. Leave the unhealthy choices like chips, soda, and juice at the grocery store. Serve water with meals.
  • Encourage your children to eat slowly. A child can detect hunger and fullness better when they eat slowly. Before offering a second helping or serving, ask your child to wait at least 15 minutes to see if they are truly still hungry. This will give the brain time to register fullness. Also, that second helping should be much smaller than the first.
  • Eat meals together as a family as often as possible. Try to make mealtimes pleasant with conversation and sharing, not a time for scolding or arguing. If mealtimes are unpleasant, children may try to eat faster to leave the table as soon as possible. They then may learn to associate eating with stress.
  • Involve your children in food shopping and preparing meals. These activities will give you hints about your children’s food preferences, an opportunity to teach your children about nutrition, and provide your kids with a feeling of accomplishment. In addition, children may be more willing to eat or try foods that they help prepare.
  • Plan for snacks. Continuous snacking may lead to overeating, but snacks that are planned at specific times during the day can be part of a nutritious diet, without spoiling a child’s appetite at meal times. You should make snacks as nutritious as possible, without depriving your children of occasional chips or cookies, especially at parties or other social events.
  • Discourage eating meals or snacks while watching TV. Try to eat only in designated areas of your home, such as the dining room or kitchen. Eating in front of the TV may make it difficult to pay attention to feelings of fullness, and may lead to overeating.
  • Encourage your children to drink more water. Overconsumption of sweetened drinks and sodas has been linked to increased rates of obesity in children.
  • Try not to use food to punish or reward your children. Withholding food as a punishment may lead children to worry that they will not get enough food. For example, sending children to bed without any dinner may cause them to worry that they will go hungry. As a result, children may try to eat whenever they get a chance. Similarly, when foods, such as sweets, are used as a reward, children may assume that these foods are better or more valuable than other foods. For example, telling children that they will get dessert if they eat all of their vegetables sends the wrong message about vegetables.
  • Make sure your children’s meals outside the home are balanced. Find out more about their school lunch program, or pack their lunch to include a variety of foods. Also, select healthier items when dining at restaurants.
  • Pay attention to portion size and ingredients. Read food labels and limit foods with trans-fat. Also, make sure you serve the appropriate portion as indicated on the label.

Finally, do not forget that children learn a lot by watching adults, and so, you have to lead by example. Adopt a healthy eating habit and set good examples.

By: Sylvie Tremblay, MSc

In life, your skin will constantly change, for better or worse. In fact, your skin will renew itself approximately once a month. Proper skin care is essential to maintaining the health and vitality of this protective organ. The skin also contains nerves that sense cold, heat, pain, pressure, and touch.

Whether you’re dealing with daily breakouts or a few clogged pores, acnes can be very disturbing. And while there are lots of factors that might be contributing to your acne — your skincare routine, irritating fragrance in your soaps or laundry detergent, and hormone fluctuations, to name a few — your diet can play a role too. Eating clean can help your skin look its best, and it is great for your overall health.

These seven acne-fighters should be staples in your diet.

  1. Salmon

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Salmon is among the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids, essential fats that you need to get from your diet because you can’t make them yourself. Omega-3s have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which makes them a smart choice for dealing with inflammatory conditions like acne. Essential fatty acids also help maintain your skin’s natural lipid barrier, which helps protect your skin from infections (including acne!).

Make this delicious spiced baked salmon a staple in your weekly meal plan and watch your skin glow! The spices not only add flavor but also supplies antioxidants that benefit your skin.

  1. Chia Seeds

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Plant-based omega-3 sources are important for clear skin, too, and chia seeds are the best source of these acne-fighting fats. Unlike flaxseed, which has to be ground up to access the omega-3s inside, you can get healthful omega-3 fats from both ground and whole chia seeds, so you have more flexibility in the kitchen. Chia also supplies calcium, protein, and fiber to boost your overall health.

Use whole chia seed to make a satisfying chia pudding, or add a spoonful of ground chia seed to your favorite smoothie.

  1. Whole Grains

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Whole grains should make a regular appearance in your diet when you’re trying to soothe your acne. They’re loaded with fiber, which not only makes whole grains more filling than their refined counterparts but also keeps your blood sugar more stable to help your acne.

Switch out any refined grain — like white bread, rice or pasta — for a whole-grain equivalent to help prevent breakouts. Use brown rice to make this simple egg fried rice for an easy weeknight dinner.

  1. Rooibos Tea

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Green tea might get more attention when it comes to health benefits, but rooibos is your best bet for helping calm acne. Like green tea, Rooibos is loaded with antioxidants, which can help combat irritation that might otherwise lead to breakouts. However, because it’s free of caffeine (unlike green tea) it’s even more hydrating, which can help your skin look and feel better. Rooibos also contains several trace minerals, including calcium, iron, and magnesium, that nourish your skin from the inside out.

Use iced rooibos in place of almond milk in this yummy smoothie, or sip vanilla rooibos with lemon for flavorful hydration.

  1. Chickpeas

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Chickpea is tasty, versatile and ultra affordable. It’s also fantastic for managing breakouts, thanks to its generous zinc content. Zinc plays a key role in your immune system — which you need to effectively fight off the bacteria that cause acne — and low zinc levels have been linked to breakouts. Chickpeas supply a significant amount of your zinc needs for the day, and they’re also high in fiber.

Add a handful of chickpeas to your favorite salad, or use them to add protein to the homemade.

  1. Spinach and Kale

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Leafy greens like spinach and kale are a must-eat when you’re trying to combat breakouts. Like most veggies, they’re intensely hydrating, but spinach and kale are especially great for clear skin thanks to their vitamin A content. Vitamin A works together with zinc to nourish your immune system so that you can fight off acne bacteria and also promotes healthy cell turnover to keep your skin smooth and healthy. Beta carotene, the form of vitamin A found in these greens, also gives your skin a natural glow.

Add a handful (or three) of leafy greens to your smoothies for concentrated nutrients, whip up a French lentil and kale soup, or add spinach to a whole-wheat pasta dish.

  1. Brazil Nuts

Also essential in an acne-fighting diet is Selenium. Selenium has a powerful antioxidant function to combat irritation and inflammation, and getting enough selenium in your diet may help fight acne. Brazil nuts are without a doubt, the best source of this mineral since a single nut can supply all the selenium you need for the day. Simply take one Brazil nut each morning along with a glass of water to help clear your skin.

N.B: When it comes to Brazil nuts, too much is definitely not a good thing. Because they’re so concentrated in selenium, an ounce of nuts daily actually exceeds your safe selenium intake for the day. Limit yourself to 1 to 2 nuts daily to avoid selenium toxicity.

 

 

 

 

By: Boma Benjy Iwuoha

I recently came across a blog by a fashion student Bianca Luini titled WHERE I SEE FASHION; in her blog, she matches fashion images with photography and art that share like shapes, concepts, and colors. Her quote says “Fashion is Everywhere and Everything is in Fashion” and she has set about proving that statement right with the pictures.

While she is doing her thing, I took a closer look at the quote, “Fashion is Everywhere and Everything is in Fashion”, such a strange quote; How could she say Fashion is Everywhere; Isn’t it funny how the people in the arts always want to relate everything they do to all aspects of life? I thought so, especially coming from a science background myself. That was until I attended an office training last weekend and found a way to relate that statement to our daily lives and paint a broader picture.

The training had nothing to do with fashion, in case you’re wondering, it was all about business, deliberate practice, top performance and all those exercises that try to help you figure out reasons why you are not performing at your peak, so it supposedly had nothing to do with fashion; Or so I thought, until we veered into the discussion about a colleague who seemed to be losing a good business deal and everyone was asked to analyze the situation and come up with possible reasons why he is at the point of losing the business deal.

That’s when it struck me, that fashion is indeed everywhere, even in business. You wouldn’t believe one of the strong reasons given was that he probably wore the wrong shoes, or dressed in a way that did not complement the proposal he presented or the company he represents thereby creating doubts in the minds of the potential clients. While some people may argue that how does your sense of fashion affect the contents of your brain, I assure you it does and by the end of that meeting, though it was a business training, everyone understood why they had to look the part they played every time.

Why did I have to take this angle today? This is, after all, a fashion article, right? I will answer that question by asking one of mine, why do we dress up every day? We could go out in our comfortable bathroom slippers, right? And here are some possible answers I came up with:

  • We want to present an image
  • Make an impression
  • Tell a story about who we are – Identity
  • You never know who you will meet in the course of the day
  • You want to influence decisions
  • It makes you more confident
  • Self-expression

You can add yours to the list, but every single reason out there basically takes us to a simple fact, we all want to make an impression, in our different walks of life. Some people say they prefer to remain in the background and go unnoticed, but even that is an identity; when you choose colors that allow you to blend into the background and become a wallflower, people may not call you out because they recognize that you want to go unnoticed. You have succeeded in creating an Identity. So yes, fashion is everywhere.

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When you work as an auto mechanic, you want to own some coveralls and you will most likely own several pairs of jeans; you may not have started off as a jeans person in high school, you probably were a prom girl, but fashion is in everything we do. If the auto mechanic were to schedule a meeting with a top CEO for billion dollar contract, chances are she would try to put a clean white shirt over a neat pair of jeans; passing a message, “I’m a mechanic and a chic one, I can handle a billion dollars”

One way or the other, we find a way to involve fashion in every decision we take because it is the number one form of self-expression. So I completely agree with Bianca Luini’s Quote “Fashion is Everywhere and Everything is in Fashion”, what do you think?

Next up, we will be looking at some interesting ways fashion affects our everyday lives, see you then.

In a recent campaign event in Wolverhampton, Prime Minister Theresa May talked about “strong and stable” leadership during Brexit. Ms. May was also asked a question she might not have expected.

“Prime Minister, you say you’ll be a ‘difficult woman’ when it comes to these Brexit negotiations, but isn’t it true that you’ve also had a difficult election over your social care policy?

“It has worried voters and polling suggests that female voters are turning away from you. Are you a female prime minister with a women problem?”

Ms. May laughed. She replied that the Conservatives will take away risk on social care, allow older people to keep their homes by implementing a cap on what how much they will have to pay for care.

Ms. May was accused last week of making a U-turn on social care by implementing a cap on how much people should pay, after her initial pledge that there would be no such cap.

A clutch of polls has shown a reducing Conservative lead over Labour.

The ORB poll for the Sunday Telegraph had the Tories down two points in the past week to 44 per cent, six points ahead of Labour’s 38 percent, which has increased by four points.

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The same poll suggested a shift towards Labour leader Corbyn among women since Ms. May called the snap election, with 40 percent of women saying they would vote for Labour, up from 31 percent since mid-May.

Ms. May has been recently criticised for not condemning the Daily Mail’s recent “Who won Legs-it?” front page with a picture of her and Nicola Sturgeon.

She also faced controversy for saying there were “boy jobs and girl jobs” in an interview alongside her husband on The One Show.

Source: The Independent

Liberia’s Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Julia Duncan Cassell says the untapped potential of women in health has undermined the contribution they could make to effective leadership for health systems strengthening globally.

Minister Cassell attributed this approach to what she observed as the low representation of women in health leadership which has significant implications for population health.

Speaking at the International Council of Nurses Program at the 2017 Congress and share experience on sustainable healthcare and empowering women under the theme, “Nurses at the Forefront Transforming Care” in Barcelona Spain on Monday, May 29, Minister Cassell said leaderships in health require unique competencies to compete with their male counterparts.

She asserted that having women leaders in nursing can help motivate student nurses on how to unlock their potentials by identifying the challenges, highlighting role models, and sharing successful strategies used to become effective health leaders.

“I want to encourage you to participate politically in health leaderships in governments so that you will break the social and cultural norms, initiating new innovations, taking risks, and pushing limits.”

“Most times, women or nurses are complacent about politics and want to remain professional; this narrows your ability to “take a seat at the table,” she asserted.

Minister Cassell further reminded the health practitioners that healthcare is a professional and a political field, and addressing the vulnerabilities of women requires their participation in the political sphere pointing out that this has been challenging because there are still differences in how men and women are perceived with the expectation of women been at the back and the men at the front.

She stressed that ensuring political participation of women is a sustainable means of achieving equity because it slowly changes the culture and puts shared power and responsibility on both men and women in driving society forward.

She craved governments’ attention to make it their responsibility; in both national and global policy initiatives, whether in achieving and sustaining universal access to health care, recruiting, supporting and retaining the healthcare workforce or ensuring sustainable development.

The Liberian Gender Minister also called on women leaders to highlight sustainable solutions for the empowerment of girls and women health leaders.

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“We need to begin by creating scholarship opportunities for women to attend formal leadership training in schools of medicine, nursing, public health, and other health-related fields, especially in countries with low education grade for nurses.”

She reminded the gathering that the overarching theme of the Sustainable Development Goals is the elimination of poverty so that no one in society is left behind and with healthcare being at the center of the SDGs, nurses are also the key to the achievement of such goals.

Japanese lawmakers reached an accord Tuesday on a resolution to study letting women remain in the Imperial family and establish their own branches after marriage.

The draft resolution, to be added to a bill designed to pave the way for Emperor Akihito’s abdication, says that the creation of female-led family branches is “an important matter that cannot be postponed.” It calls for discussion to begin quickly after the legislation is implemented and for the results to be reported speedily to the Diet. Current law stipulates that female Imperial family members who wed commoners lose their royal status.

This version of the resolution was presented Monday by Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Tsutomu Sato, chairman of the lower house’s Committee on Rules and Administration. The heads of the committee’s contingents from the ruling LDP and the opposition Democratic Party agreed on the draft Tuesday. The ruling coalition aims to have the committee begin deliberation Thursday and have the lower house pass the draft legislation Friday.

The explicit mention of female-led Imperial family branches represents a concession by the LDP to the Democratic Party, which pushed hard to have it included. But the opposition party compromised on timing, with the current draft pushing back the discussion to after the law’s implementation — slated for next year — rather than after the bill’s passage through the Diet. Similarly, while the Democrats sought to have a report submitted to the Diet in about a year, the draft ultimately did not specify a timetable.

Both camps stressed the concessions by each side.

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“We compromised where we could,” Tsuyoshi Takagi, leader of the committee’s LDP bloc, told reporters after the talks. His Democratic counterpart Kenta Izumi also said the resolution was not a total win for either party.

Once the legislation passes, the government will look into forming a new panel, possibly within the Cabinet Secretariat, to discuss how to ensure stable Imperial succession and deal with the Imperial family’s dwindling numbers.

Many conservatives, who form the LDP’s key support base, staunchly oppose the creation of female-led Imperial branches, arguing that it could lead to letting women or matrilineal descendants accede to the Chrysanthemum Throne. With Prime Minister Shinzo Abe wary as well, the panel may not favor the idea from the outset.

In the short term, the discussion will likely focus on allowing female Imperial family members to continue their official duties after marriage. It may later look into restoring Imperial family branches stripped of that status shortly after World War II. But the former would not help with the succession issue, and some view the latter as unrealistic.

Adding urgency to the debate is the expected engagement of Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Prince Akishino, to a commoner as early as this summer. The mention of female-led Imperial houses in the draft resolution represents some progress on the issue. But with the timing of the panel’s eventual report left up in the air, the government could yet kick the can farther down the road.

Source: Nikkei