Tips To Stay Safe & Healthy During Halloween
Halloween is the perfect occasion to dress up, go out, party and have fun! Ghosts and goblins, witches on broomsticks, pumpkins, candies and spiderwebs-yes! it’s Halloween. Indians are adopting the Halloween Day celebrations, which falls on October 31st every year, into their culture; schools are organizing Halloween Day celebrations and individuals are embracing Valentine’s Day or even New Year which are not prevalent in the Indian culture. There is no harm in adopting Western culture as far as it’s positive and fun.
Halloween Day is celebrated in many countries as a remembrance of the dead, including the saints (also known as the hallow, which explains the reason for the name Halloween Day), martyrs and all the faithful departed. Celebrations include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, making jack-o-lanterns from pumpkins, narrating scary stories and watching horror movies.
While the festival started initially as a day dedicated to praying for the dead and a belief existed that on the day of Halloween the boundaries between the world of the living and the dead became blurred, it has now become a festival where kids wear costumes and visit neighbors for ‘trick or treating’.
Trick Or Treating
The trick lies in choosing smart candies to give children during trick or treating. During this time, children go from house to house asking for treats such as candy or warning them of some mischief on the house owner or the property (trick) if no treat is given.
Make a candy bowl of some of the items given below which helps you to feel good when serving and is also healthy for the children.
Teal-colored pumpkins are in vogue this year which indicate visitors that you have nut-free and non-candy items to offer kids. If children in your community are planning for a jack-o-lantern, keep it a point to never allow small children to carve pumpkins. While children can draw a face with markers, parents can do the cutting part. Try to replace candles with flashlight or glow stick to light the pumpkin. An adult should supervise whatever is done by the kids. They should also help kid place the pumpkin on a sturdy surface away from inflammable objects or curtains. Children should be preached on the dangers of placing the pumpkin on a path or porch where visitors might keep coming and going.
In India, we celebrate the Halloween day mainly for the fun quotient. Kids love roaming around their locality in black-colored costumes, hats, black-painted faces etc. They enjoy spending time with friend making jack-o-lantern pumpkins and trying to scare each other. The adults in the community can distribute sweets (as mentioned above) and candies in the evening to boost the spirits of these kids and also try to involve them in making homemade candies or treats.
Get out, do something different and have fun dressing up-that’s the whole ideology behind Halloween. Participate in the Halloween magic show happening at Unnati Library, Sarjapur, have a mind-blowing Halloween dinner at The Ritz Carlton, Central Bengaluru or enjoy some thrilling music happening in multiple places across the city that sends chills down your spines.
Today is World Psoriasis Day, a day dedicated to the 125 million people living with psoriasis worldwide. The International Federation of Psoriasis Associations (IFPA) sets a theme every year and the theme for 2017 is “Psoriasis Inside Out”. In line with the theme, this year is all about showing all aspects of the disease and giving a face to psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
A Short Insight into Psoriasis
Psoriasis is a chronic disease where the overactive immune system sends out signals that cause inflammation in the body and amplify the growth of skin cells. It is a skin disease that causes red, scaly skin that may feel painful, swollen or hot. While scientists believe that at least 10% of people inherit one or more of the genes that can cause psoriasis, only 2-3% of this population develops the disease. According to researchers, this difference is due to the fact that, to develop psoriasis an individual should have a combination of the genes that cause psoriasis and should also be exposed to external factors called as “triggers.”
Some effects of psoriasis:
Psoriasis can be hard to diagnose as it looks like any other skin disease. It is better to get in touch with your physician if you have any doubts. Your doctor might suggest creams, prescription drugs, ultraviolet light therapy, shots or a combination of these treatments.
Individuals with psoriasis feel powerless many-a-time and think of controlling their diet to control their life and fight against the disease. But does diet modification practically help in reducing the impact of this powerful disease?
Although there is no conclusive evidence on the impact of diet on psoriasis, patients bet that they feel better and healthy when they stay on a healthy weight and balanced blood sugar & cholesterol levels-even when these do little for the skin and joints. Most people follow these nutrition tips to combat psoriasis:
Stroke is the #2 cause of death worldwide and the #1 cause of adult disability accounting for 1 in 10 deaths and resulting in a total of 44 million years of healthy life lost each year. It can attack any person at any age and impact survivors, family, friends, workplaces and communities. October 29th is ‘World Stroke Day’ and joining hands one day together, on this day (Oct 29), can help fight stroke 365 days a year.
What is Stroke?
Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. When a blood vessel carrying oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or ruptures (or bursts), it results in stroke. When this happens, a part of the brain is denied of blood (and oxygen) and the brain (including the brain cells) dies therefore.
Brain is the power house of various body functions. When stroke occurs, blood flow cannot reach the region that controls a specific body function and this body part becomes dysfunctional. Ischemic (caused by clot) stroke, hemorrhagic (caused by rupture) stroke and transient ischemic attack (mini stroke caused by a temporary blockage) are the three types of stroke. Although 1 in 4 stroke survivors is at risk for another stroke, the good part is that up to 80% of second clot-related (ischemic) strokes may be preventable.
More than 90% of strokes are linked to 10 key risk factors which include high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, diet, physical activity, obesity, high blood cholesterol, carotid artery disease, peripheral artery disease, atrial fibrillation, other heart disease and sickle cell disease. On World Stroke Day this year the focus is on preventing stroke, raising awareness of stroke risks and demonstrating the steps all of us can take to prevent stroke.
The sooner we treat stroke, the better it is for the patient. F.A.S.T is how we learn the warning signs of stroke:
T-Time to call ambulance
Stroke can affect a person on your street, workplace, store or shop. If you are equipped with the ability to recognize the warning signals and call an ambulance, it could save a life or make the difference between total recovery and long-term disability. Remember, stroke is mostly treatable-it depends on getting the right treatment at the right time.
It’s Possible to Prevent Stroke
It’s mostly in your hands to reduce the risk of stroke:
Act Right Now!
Some person in some place dies from stroke every six seconds and two-thirds of individuals who have suffered from stroke live in the low- and middle-income countries where health systems and nutritious food are challenging and limited. ACT NOW because:
Anyone would love their life to be filled with harmony and physical well-being. But sadly, most of our lives are not so successful and we feel that we have lost control at some stage of our life. There might be times where we feel elated and in total authority of the things happening around, but some other times we struggle to fulfill different responsibilities, having highs and lows in life.
Time is one factor that is constantly being desired for. Most of the individuals failing to fulfill their weight loss promises, blame it on time. People living in this world are unhappy, stressed, busy and physically unwell. Instead of being frustrated and criticizing time for all these aspects in your life, it is better to do something more productive, for instance, increasing physical well-being, being happier in life and finding things that help you relax.
Your mind, spirit and body should work in coordination for optimal well-being and health. Continuously readjusting these elements for a balanced body happens in every individual and is a life-long process. While working on this, we can look out for options to qualify ourselves to deal with these readjustments in a better way.
Most of us have knowledge about the broader aspects of wellness – physical, spiritual and mental/emotional – which helps us direct our goals in the right direction to maximize physical well-being.
While we learn all things theoretically, applying this in our practical lives after understanding it thoroughly is where the actual challenge is. Overcoming this barrier is challenging and limits the goal of physical well-being.
The Actual Process
Following the three “R’s” – reevaluate, readjust and rebalance – modifies physical well-being and helps to achieve maximum wellness. Taking risks, challenges and chances in life is what helps you move on to the next level. Get on board this new journey of life to arm yourself with wellness and strength.
Start your next day with the one goal of living your life to the fullest again. Balancing all elements of life is complex and can be tiresome too. But, when you start implementing your goals, your physical well-being increases, and you start having a positive outlook in life. You feel proud of your achievements and the steps you have taken for bringing a positive change in yourself.
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Dietitian & Nutritionist Dr. Nafeesa Imteyaz.