Category Archives: Health

Zero fireworks-related injury this year (hopefully)


Image credit: N and People’s Tonight Editorial Cartoon, Oct. 15, 2016 issue

Time and again, the government through the Department of Health (DOH) has been warning the public against indiscriminate lighting of fireworks and firecrackers (and indiscriminate firing of guns) when Christmas and Holiday season nears. This year, I’m looking forward to the news that firecrackers will be banned nationwide. This is a welcome news to every one who detests the bad effects of fireworks and firecrackers to health and the environment. As a former newspaper reporter, I was assigned to cover the DOH for several years and had witnessed the gruesome effects of firecracker and fireworks explosion to its victims – those who lighted the firecrackers and the unsuspecting bystanders.

The DOH is targeting a zero fireworks-related injury this year. It is also supportive of  the community fireworks display while encouraging everyone particularly parents to discouraged their children to use and light firecrackers and fireworks for their safety.

Nationwide Smoking Ban

Photo credit: N and People's Tonight

Photo credit: N and People’s Tonight

People, especially those who abhor smoking, are excited about this news. President Duterte is set to sign Executive Order (EO) on the no-smoking policy in public places. Once it is signed, smoking of cigarettes, tobacco, shisha (waterpipe), e-cigarettes, or similar devices will be ban in public places, including public vehicles nationwide.

The smoking ban will implemented in all public outdoor spaces, enclosed and partially enclosed public spaces, accommodation and entertainment establishments, and work places.

The EO covers drivers, conductors, and passengers in public utility vehicles.

President Duterte will sign the EO before the end of October and will have full implementation of the graphic health warning next month.

How to Get Back into Shape After Giving Birth

Getting fit once you have given birth is more than just about getting your pre-baby body back. It is also about being healthy, feeling good, and having the energy to take care of your little one. The fact that you will be getting back into shape is just a bonus. One thing you should understand about this process is that it is going to take some time. While you may have seen celebrity mothers getting their figures back within a short period, this is not feasible for most people. It is going to require a little effort, some planning, and certainly a lot of patience. Here are some things that will help you along your way:

Just Keep Moving

Once you have been cleared for exercise, it is time to get a move on. It is unlikely that you have time to hit up a gym or can get a personal trainer. Well, the good news is that you do not need to. As long as you keep moving and do not spend too much time being sedentary, you should be fine. This just means walking up and down, and going for short strolls with your little one. If you would like something a little more fun, you could always get your groove on. All you have to do is put on some music, support your baby properly, and slowly dance around. Guaranteed your little one will love it just as much.

Use Natural Methods

Your body is a wonderful thing. It is actually programmed to shed some of that baby weight for you. How does this happen? Well, with breastfeeding actually. Did you know that by breastfeeding each day, you can burn between 500 to 700 calories a day? That is the equivalent of a very strenuous workout! So, if you have started breastfeeding, you have actually already started on your journey to getting back in shape.

Get a Little Help

Due to the pregnancy, there may be some things that cannot be helped by exercise or diet. For instance, if the muscles of your abdomen have shifted, you are going to need some additional help. The same goes for anyextra skin you may have after the baby belly is gone. In these instances, you should opt for a Scottsdale mommy makeover. It will help you deal with those problems that may require more complex interventions. Soon, however, you will be looking and feeling better than ever.

Get Your Rest

Sleep is so important for new mothers but it is also quite elusive. Your baby may be quite adept at keeping you up all night. If this is the case, you should try to make up for it when your little one is sleeping. Make sure that you take a nap during this time as well. This will help get your metabolism back on track, helping you lose more weight. Lack of sleep can have unintended consequences. For instance, you may find yourself craving high-calorie, unhealthy foods. To avoid this, ensure that you are well rested and prevent yourself from bingeing on sugary or fried snacks.

These are just a few of the ways that you can help get your body back into shape. You just have to remember that these things will take time, but you will get there eventually.