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Every woman wants to be able to look her best at any time and always has to follow a healthy diet in order to keep her body in good shape and fit.

There are certain factors that come to play when trying to keep your body in good shape; watching what you eat, when you eat and how you eat are most of the common factors to consider when aiming for a killer body.

Usually, taking control of these factors can prove to be a daunting task and you would definitely need all the help you can get to reach your aim. This help can take different forms from a specifically designed diet to a well-rounded exercise plan and even a fork! This is especially important if you can always have your favourite meals and treats without any hassle.

The HAPIfork is one of those cutting-edge devices that have been designed to help women control, monitor and reduce the speed at which they eat their meals. Understanding that when you eat properly and pay attention to your eating habits can help in creating and maintaining a healthier eating process for your body.

If you are one of the lots, who like to eat in front of a television, work while eating, or do other things, it is already a clear indicator of your concentration is fully attended to how fast or slow you are eating. Most times, a huge part of the lot find themselves eating too fast and that is where the HAPIfork plays a huge role. It will help slow you down and bring you to a healthy eating pace.

This very handy device will measure and record the time from when you hold the fork till it touches your mouth and give you an accurate timeline between each fork serving.

If you are going too fast, a soft gentle vibration emits from the fork and an indicator light comes on to remind you that you are eating too fast.  Such convenience! With time, as these reminders keep coming in, you will notice that your eating pace has slowed down to a speed at which your body can properly process the food that goes into it.

The HAPIfork basically operates by monitoring the following parameters:

  • The number of “fork servings” taken per minute and per meal.
  • The duration of each “fork serving” interval.
  • How long your meal lasted.
  • Starting and End time of your meal.

Now, to monitor your progress, you can always upload your information via Bluetooth or USB cable to your computer for future reference. You can also view these statistics on your mobile phone and even choose to share your details with your family, friends, or nutritionists.

Utilizing the HAPIfork to slow down eating pace is very important, as some scientific studies carried out in 2002 showed the following side effects of eating too fast:

  • Weight Gain: when you eat, you can only feel satisfied after about 20minutes. This means that your eating pace is fast, you will end up eating more food than your body requires.
  • Digestive problems: when you eat too quickly, you do not chew your food properly. This then makes it harder to go down your digestive tract and you start having issues.
  • Postoperative complications: eating at a pace that is convenient for your body will lessen the stress on any weak tissue in your body.

The HAPIfork, though a sophisticated device can be used like any other fork you have in your cutlery cabinet. It can be washed in either a sink or a dryer, has an easy-to-use guide and also has wear and tear. The efficiency of the HAPIfork is due to an extensive research and design by Jacques Lépine who used seven years to design the fork.

The fork is designed to operate with maximum compatibility on a wide variety of devices along with your computers and a stable internet connection.

So when next you are in the market for a fitness routine; try the HAPIfork; Eat Slowly – Feel Better.

There are a lot of women across the world who at one point in their professional life would want to effect a major change, all through these changes can only be made when there is an assured fallback plan; which is another job offer.

The fact that this challenge to women in the workplace existed without an immediate solution led to a drastic decline in the number of women engaged in the workplace, whereas experienced and professional women stand out as the largest percentage of untapped human resources in companies and small businesses.

Landit is one platform for women to easily make those career changes while having all the details they need to effectively manage themselves in their new jobs.

It is gradually being referred to as the “LinkedIn for Women” by many, as the platform is designed to help its users especially when they are faced with transitional moments; like feeling stuck in their current roles or need to re-enter into the workforce newly after taking a career break.

Landit was Co-founded by a former healthcare investor; Lisa Skeete Tatum (former General Partner at Cardinal Partners) after her own career had come to a halt at a certain period in her life.

Information about experiences in careers and the skills acquired can be exchanged for personalized job listings which would also give one access to premium coaching services.

In a statement, Lisa Skeete Tatum said “The Landit platform addresses the fact that women are not only underrepresented in leadership but are leaving the corporate environment due to a host of challenges, including those surrounding engagement. We are focused on relevance, action and high-caliber access, all delivered in a safe and trusted environment.”

Apart from the general exchange of ideas and experiences the platform provides, it gives women the ability to develop their own public face brands as required of their respective career choices.

In a statement by Skeete Tatum, she mentioned that the platform will remain exclusively for women for now as women make up 51% of the workforce with only 19% holding senior managerial roles.

Landit has been designed to be the technology platform where the success and engagement of women in the workplace can be increased, eventually, these women will be launched into the career market and effectively have the backing of prime investors who would become valuable partners in their business.

The personalized career playbook that the platform provides has tools, resources, and connections required by women to reach their fullest work potential with fear of being held back in the workplace. It does this by improving the engagement of women and allowing reputable organizations to hire, train and retain women from the diverse pool of talents.

The personalized playbook employed by Landit utilizes a few core features which are distinguished by the level of personalization, high-quality resources, human touch and seamless integration it uses. The core features of Landit are listed as;

  • It contains an assessment which is specific to each woman on the platform, taking into consideration every relevant career opportunities and prospective recommendations as well as offering options for skill development.
  • Personal branding is key for any woman venturing back into the professional world; hence a logical plan and the appropriate tools are put in place to ensure that personal branding is successful. 
  • Providing the best coaching experience is also incorporated into the core features of Landit, as it provides women with a premier leadership development firm to provide one on one coaching sessions through executive consulting services. 
  • The team of advisors working with Landit gives women the confidence and opportunity to leverage on the wealth of experience and diversity that each member of the advisory team brings. 
  • The platform will not count as a professional workspace without providing these women with access to seasoned resume reviewers to help put together a comprehensive and appropriate resume for each of the platform’s members.

Co-founder of Landit, Sheila Marcelo (Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Care.com) went to Harvard Business School as classmates with Skeete Tatum and they were both members of the Henry Crown Fellows Class of 2012 at the Aspen Institute.

The professional platform operates with the backing of NEA, Cue Ball Capital, Xfund and the Female Founders Fund, with a team of advisors including Paul English (Founder and CTO, kayak.com; Founder and CEO, Blade); Leighanne Levensaler (SVP of Products, Workday); Cora Neumann (Co-Founder, Women Up and the First Ladies Leadership Initiative); John Ciancutti (Former Chief Product Officer, Coursera; Director of Engineering, Facebook; Head of Product Engineering, Netflix); Oscar Salazar (founding CTO, Uber, Ride.com and Pager) and Karen Griffith Gryga (Managing Partner, Dreamit Ventures).

By Anerobi, Chimezie Lotachi

For most women in the professional world, the role of motherhood usually takes a toll on them when they start having children and this can cause issues in both their work and family lives.

Organizations have adopted the option of allowing pregnant women take maternity leave for a certain period (let us not forget that each company has varying ranges of how long this would last). Then, the question arises if only this leave alone is enough for women and mothers to raise their children?

Most often than not, there has always been a clash between the professional and home life of these women, who would end up having to give up one lifestyle for the other. This usually leaves a huge mark on these women and in worse cases; drive them to feel incomplete and then, depression.

Annie Dean and Anna Auerbach are Professionals in their respective fields and also dedicated mothers, who looked at the struggle women, faced in order to effectively balance their work and family lives and decided to create a platform, WERK which provided a means to have very flexible lifestyle.

Werk (to do something to an exceedingly excellent capacity) is not solely designed for women but places a huge emphasis on ensuring that they are able to have flexible jobs.

The flexibility in the workspace environment that WERK provides, allows people to pursue their careers and their personal lives with equal commitment, creating stronger communities and more productive companies.

Flexibility has been known to increase employee happiness, productivity, and loyalty; it is definitely the highest-impact, lowest-cost tool companies can use to optimize their workforce.

By: Hamzat Gideon Mamudu

 

It is only normal that more women are turning to the use of technology to help them take better care of themselves seeing that the influence of technology cannot be denied or ignored in any area. Thankfully, innovators have also paid attention to the women folk in their attempts at disrupting the way we live in our world today.

While there are many apps built around women health and period tracking today, Eve Period Tracker has gone beyond the regular offerings by providing several features not found in many.

The Eve Period Tracker is built specially to help women who are sexually-active but not ready to get pregnant, keep tabs with their mood, health, sex and exercise habits, birth control, ovulation, fertility, menstruation as well as other cycle symptoms and trends.

Seeing that a woman’s period can significantly impact their sex life, there is, therefore, need to put a system in place to understand their menstrual cycles as well as keep tabs their sex life – exactly what the Eve App does.

Two features which make the Eve App standout from other period tracking apps include the Bedsider feature which gives the user access to highly informative sex education articles and a message board which allows users to chat and engage in meaningful discussions with other app users about topics like birth control, marriage & relationships, abortion among others. One user had this to say after using Eve for a week “I learned more in a week of period tracking with Eve than I remember from a full semester of high school health class.”

Eve is developed by Glow, a San Francisco based data science company focusing on women’s reproductive health. The company was setup in 2013 by Max Levchin, Michael Huang, Christopher Martinez, Ryan Ye and Kevin Ho.

The app is available for free download on both iOS and Android app store.

Despite her acting prowess and the name she has made for herself, Caryn Elaine Johnson who is popularly known as Whoopi Goldberg; American actress, comedian, author and television host, has sought to provide solutions to some of the natural health challenges every woman is bound to face.

 

Together with her partner Maya, Whoopi has come up with solutions called medical cannabis to relieve menstrual discomfort. The products are also capable of healing other kinds of pain when applied.

 

These products come in four forms: edibles, salves, tinctures, and baths. The options were created with product names that spell out their functions and with the aim to support and enhance the health benefits of every woman.

 

The soak

Soak is made up of ingredients like Pharmacological grade epsom salt, apricot kernel oil, avocado seed oil, sun grown cannabis, jojoba oil, tocopherol (vitamin e), aloe barbadensis (aloe vera), and essential oils.

The most domicile ingredient in soak is the Epsom salt, which is a medication containing magnesium and sulfate used for decades to treat and prevent low blood magnesium and seizures in women. Magnesium and Sulfate are essential to our bodies because they contain a high level of detoxifiers and carry natural healing compounds.

Soak has a combination of the Epsom salt, cannabis and some valuable oil like skin nourishing oils and therapeutic grade essential oils that help soothe the body.

The combination of the ingredients in Whoopi & Maya’s Medical Cannabis Bath Soak offers a relaxation mechanism that fights the pains and cramping, helping the individual to feel very relaxed.

It is used for bathing and comes in three fragrance, Lavender, Amber Moon, & Fragrance free

 

The Savor

Savor is another form of Whoopi & Maya’s Medical Cannabis made up of Organic Raw Cocoa Butter, organic raw cacao powder, organic coconut oil, organic raw agave, sun grown cannabis, sea salt.

Naturally, Cocoa eases the body of pains especially menstrual cramps because it has a direct entry into our body through the endocannabinoid receptors and releases some chemicals that make the body feel good and cool. This leads to an improvement in one’s mood.

The domicile content in savor is the cocoa which gives it a unique brownish colour that soothes the skin.

The raw content of the cocoa bean are compounds such as magnesium, iron, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants. These compounds help reduce blood pressure, enhance circulation, reduce plaque on artery walls, and improve digestion.

Unlike the soak, the Whoopi & Maya’s Medical Cannabis Raw Cocoa savour is a medicinal delicious chocolate treat taken to relieve pains and satisfy every woman’s healthy options.

It is very good and specially made for women who crave for sweet substances at that very special period of the month.

 

The rub

The rub cannabis is made up of strong healing herbal contents that work as fast as possible, it is the fastest cramping relief substance because it contains a combination of active ingredients.

The rub is made up of Olive oil, avocado seed oil, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, beeswax, sun grown cannabis flowers, St John’s Wort, Cramp Bark, White Willow Bark, Chamomile and essential oils.

Whoopi & Maya’s Medical Cannabis Rub is supported with analgesic and oils that heal uterine cramping and pains. Also included in the rub is white willow bark, the active ingredient in aspirin, ginger, which increases blood flow and circulation to the abdominal area, and St. Johns Wort, to uplift the mood and help support the ups and downs associated with P.M.S.

 

These products can be used by any woman irrespective of their peculiar details, as long as they suffer from menstrual cramping. The main idea is to help ease pains and help support the woman society.

 

In todays digitalized world, technology has brought about new and easy ways to go about routine activities. So many ingenious products have been unveiled to meet the needs of people from all walks of life including easy tools for pregnant women and nursing mothers. Naya Health is one of such products

Founded by Janica Alvarez,  Naya Health is a company dedicated to bringing better health products for modern moms through technology. Naya Health is a smart milk Pumper machine, established to make expression easier for nursing mothers.

This modern technology lunched in 2016 is a water-based prototype pump, which is more comfortable and more efficient. This “smart” portion pump, comes in its connection to the Naya Health Tracker app, which can be used to control the machine and for record keeping, including logging pumping and nursing sessions.

This modern innovation helps “give moms a quick read on supply and demand.” Parents can see how much milk their baby is consuming, how much the mother is pumping, and how much they have squirreled away in the refrigerator’’.

 

Naya Advisory Health Team is made up of renowned physicians, lactation experts and healthcare technologists who have joined forces to create positive change for families everywhere.

Some other unique products for nursing mothers include:

  • HOSPITAL-GRADE BREAST PUMP: Compact, quiet, and cordless. Includes cover and power adapter.
  • BREAST SHIELD ASSEMBLY: Medical grade soft silicone softly cups the breast, which creates a more natural feeling. Includes breast shield covers.
  • STORAGE BAG: Sleek design keeps all accessories together.
  • CLASSIC BOTTLES: Two BPA-free Naya Classic Bottles. Includes bottle lids, anti-colic nipples with caps, and nipple adapters.

 

By: Valerie Dei

Thato and Rea both founded Repurpose School Bags, a company that produces recycled backpacks at low-cost for disadvantaged students in their local community in South Africa.

Their young business collects and recycles plastic waste to produce school bags for local students. But that’s not just it. These recycled plastic bags have a solar panel in the flap, which charges as the children walk to and back from school. The bags also have strips of reflective material, an added safety design to make the children more visible to traffic in the early hours.

The charged solar panels are used to provide lighting at night. Students can use this light to do their homework and study instead of using candles. This helps students to do more school work and saves money which could have been spent on candles.

Thato and Rea have partnered with local individuals and organizations that are willing to cover the cost of the bags on behalf of the students. Depending on their donation, these so-called “giving partners” are typically matched to a class, a grade or a school.

This simple but highly effective idea has attracted quite a lot of attention. In 2014, they were the first runner-up at the Anzisha Prize, a pan-African award celebrating entrepreneurs aged 15-22 who have come up with innovative ways to solve problems in their communities.