With the slogan “One day can change your whole life,” we celebrate Global Wellness Day on the second Saturday of June every year as an international day to create awareness on different aspects of health and wellbeing. #globalwellnessday
On this occasion, it will be on Saturday, the 13th of June, 2020.
With the wake of the current pandemic, we have been saddled with the responsility of understanding how to promote those interventions that can help us navigate life more cautiously.
We have seen countries relax those measures that were initially adopted to safeguard us from unnecessary exposure to the coronavirus because of the impact they have had on the economy, physical, social, mental and emotional well being, as well as other very important aspects of life.
We however have to understand that eventhough the restrictions have been relaxed, COVID19 still persists and we need to aim to protect ourselves from it at all cost.
One of the proven ways is helping our bodies to defend us better against diseases which is the basis for our topic of discourse for this year’s celebration of GLOBAL WELLNESS DAY.
It is our delight to offer this platform to different health care professionals to join us as they capitalize on their expertise to share on the concept of boosting the immune system.
Facilitating the first session by 4pm, we have Nina Chigbo (PT), a seasoned Physiotherapist who will be leading the discussion on “Boosting immunity via structured exercise programmes”
She is an experienced Physiotherapist with major interests in oncology, hospice and palliative care.
She has served in different capacities for years in one of the leading teaching hospitals in Nigeria and currently occupies the position of an assistant director of Physiotherapy services.
Her research is on the influence of exercises on the immune system.
She is also the Chairpersom of the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (NSP) National COVID-19 taskforce committee and also serves as the National Vice President of NSP.
Her impact has traversed beyond Nigeria, as she is currently a board member of the World Confederation of Physiotherapists (WCPT) International Physiotherapists in HIV/AIDS, Oncology, Hospice & Palliative care.
The second session comes up at 5pm and would focus on “Boosting the immune system via proper nutrition” and this session will be handled by Deborah Onoja (RDN).
Deborah Onoja is a passionate Registered Nutritionist-Dietitian who holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Nutrition & Dietetics from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta.
She proceeded to the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital, Enugu where she completed her Dietetics Internship training.
She also holds a Masters degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Ibadan.
She is currently the Lead Nutritionist – Dietitian for Sapphire Dietitians, a consultancy founded out of passion to improve the nutritional status of patients.
She has a wealth of knowledge and experience garnered from over 6 years of practice in the nutrition and health sector.
She recently wrote an Ebook on how to boost the immune system using Nigerian foods, herbs and spices to educate the average Nigerian on how crucial their diet is in supporting their immune system and how to make therapeutic recipes with locally avaliable food materials.
Deborah is passionate about combating Malnutrition, preventing Non-communicable and communicable diseases through proper nutrition and helping patients adopt healthier dietary habits.
These sessions will be moderated by Jane Bernard, our lead consultant on Fitness, Rehabilitation and Public Health.
We look forward to these insightful and interactive moments with you this weekend.
Mark your calendars and remember to tell a friend.
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