“Your Health! Our Collective Responsibility” initiative highlights obesity management strategies

Obesity is a growing problem in Ghana, with an increasing number of people being diagnosed with chronic conditions such as hypertension, heart disease, and psychological stress. Speaking at the weekly “Your Health! Our Collective Responsibility” initiative, Ms. Ama Hienne Amoako, a dietician at the International Maritime Hospital (IMaH), said that while there are no specific therapies or drugs for obesity, healthy behavioural goal setting should be the emphasis for people in the obese family in order to live a healthy life.

According to Ms. Amoako, goal setting, proper dieting, and regular exercise are helpful strategies for people who do not wish to be obese. She recommended that everyone consume a lot of vegetables, especially greens, and cut down on fatty and ‘junk foods’. For the most part, she advised against eating or exercising solely to gain or lose weight, but rather for other health benefits to the body.

Dr. Marc Kwame Dzradosi, Head of Pharmaceutical Services at IMaH, also participated in the talks and recommended that people regularly see a dietician or a nutritionist for assistance with weight management regimens and monitoring. He suggested that adequate self-assessment, exercise, and a healthy, balanced diet would help people stay in shape. For the most part, he advised setting a diet goal, exercising regularly, and eating healthy as the only way to help keep the body healthy and in shape.

The “Your Health! Our Collective Responsibility” initiative is part of a collaborative effort by the Ghana News Agency Tema Regional Office to establish a means of disseminating health information in order to influence individual health decisions by increasing health literacy. It is intended to use the Ghana News Agency’s professional communication skills to inform the public that everyone’s health is essential and should be a top priority.

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