Walkin for Health- A Harvard Medical Journal Report

Walking for Health

The simple activity of walking has so many powerful health benefits. Done correctly, it can be the key to losing weight, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and boosting your memory,
as well as reducing your risk for heart disease, diabetes, cancer and more. Walking
for Health
, created by the experts at Harvard Medical School, takes you step-by-step from why
walking may be the most perfect exercise, to how to get started on a walking program, to specific walking workouts. It even has a special section on walking for weight loss.

Walking can have a bigger impact on disease risk and various health conditions than just about any other remedy that’s readily available to you. What’s more, it’s free and has practically no negative side effects.

Walking for 2.5 hours a week—that’s just 21 minutes a day—can cut your risk of heart disease by 30%. In addition, this do-anywhere, no-equipment-required activity has also been shown to reduce the risk of diabetes and cancer, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and keep you mentally sharp. In fact, according to some estimates, walking regularly could save Americans over $100 billion a year in health care costs. Even a quick one-minute jaunt pays off . A University of Utah study in 2014 found that for every minute of brisk walking that women did throughout the day, they lowered their risk of obesity by 5%. No more “I don’t have time” excuses!

Start walking, and you’ll be helping to make your community stronger, too. Social scientists have found that as more people take to the streets, neighborhood crime rates fall and the local economy improves. It’s also a wonderful way to meet new people and connect with neighbors. Take a walk with your children after dinner. It can promote better communication, reduce behavior problems, and improve academic performance.

Walking can even help your mood. A number of studies have found that it’s as effective as drugs for decreasing depression. It can help relieve everyday stresses, too. Tension starts to ease as the road stretches out in front of you. Mood-elevating endorphin levels increase. Many people and that walking helps clear the mind, too—you may even and the solution to a problem that’s been bugging you.

So don’t wait for your next doctor’s appointment to get inspired. Put on your shoes, step out the door, and rediscover the joys of walking.

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Halloween marks the beginning of the festive period in the American culture. The holiday season is a period to give and show love, gratitude, and attending several end of year parties for different organizations. To some, it is a time to shop for families, co-workers, friends and to all those who have supported you all through the year. The holiday season is the time to decorate your home and have the shinning light of Christmas and Hanukkah flow all around us.

The holiday can also be a time to remember those who cannot afford to put food on the table, and are living in darkness. It is a time to make donations to your favorite charities as a means to assist them in finishing strong with their projects as the year comes to an end. This is a season for most corporations to maximize their charitable giving for tax write-off. The holiday season for some is when most companies start planning for the next year’s activities. It is a time to evaluate the year in whole.

Holiday for some families bring some sadness over a loved one, especially for children who have lost a parent. It is most painful for a spouse who lost the significant other around or close to Christmas. What a sad memory!

How about the breadwinner of the family who just lost his/her job as the company is downsizing around the holiday season? Think about families that were displaced recently by fire or natural disaster and lost everything they have worked and saved for all their lives.

For each and every one of us, the holiday season can be fun or just a period of sadness for some people.

We give thanks that we are alive and healthy as we prepare for 2018. As you enjoy the season, also remember needy families by either sending warm greetings or get involve in an organization that is bringing smiles to their faces.

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Finding Humor During A Loss

Humor, sometimes can be therapeutic in sad situations or during a loss. Humor is good for the heart, relaxation, and decreases stress; it can also be used to find solace.

During the recent Hurricane Harvey, I spoke to a friend whose house was flooded, and she was not even aware of the evacuation warning, and was hit by the flood inside her house while she was upstairs. She miraculously escaped the flood, but lost everything in the house. She was all by herself as her family was out-of-town.

I finally got hold of her on her way travelling out of the country for a family member’s funeral at the Atlanta international airport. She took a taxi to Atlanta, for all she wanted was just to get out of the depressive environment and deal with her loss later. As we were catching up on the disastrous hurricane Harvey experience, I reminded her once again that I was happy she came out of it safe, and that she can always replace what ever she lost.

She told me how she could now walk over to her neighbor and ask for a drink of water, because all the walls that separated them were all destroyed by the hurricane. I told her that would promote harmony among the people in her neighbor since there are no separations between them by the walls.

I told her a story of a gentleman in Nigeria, who during a recent cyclone that blew away their apartment’s roof chased the roof in the deadly wind that was racing at 125 mph with all his neighbors. What a dangerous thing to do! It can only happen in a developing country, where people can risk their lives during a natural disaster to save properties. It is like chasing your property in the hit of a hurricane, when you are supposed to be evacuating. We both laughed for minutes at the silliness of the roof chasers during a deadly wind.

We both felt good at the moment of our talking and laughing knowing that life, safety, and family are important in our lives. I was glad that her stress and depression over her hurricane loss was overtaken by humor just before she boarded the plane.

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Health Promotion and Hygiene at St John School-So Real!

In 2015, barely one year after I lost my husband, an idea to start a foundation to honor him floated all over my brain. Self-resistance almost took over the idea of helping a very poor school community in an impoverished village with no water OR sanitation. The resistance was mainly because my loss was just too fresh to embark on any new project. After much deliberation, I could not let fear of the unknown to stop me from serving.

I went on the computer and did all the necessary paper work needed by the State of California to start a non-profit organization, and the Hippolyte Foundation was born. By the summer of 2015, we were awarded a 501©(3) charitable foundation status. I happened to be in Nigeria that summer. We visited a primary school as we were driving pass it. The school building was pathetic and very unsafe for the students’ ages (6-12). I was with my daughter, and she could not believe that people could actually stay in such an unsafe environment.

As we toured the classrooms, the floorings were broken and some areas are about 2 feet deep, and turned into water poodle. To say but the least, “the students use the bushes as toilet and there is no running water in the school community”. How can this be possible in the 21st century? It is a reality! The four-toilet facility at St John School has just been completed and we are starting a new water initiative for the school is on the way by God’s grace. (See Pictures of Project below).


Completed Four Toilet Facilities at St John School

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Significance of the Month of June


June is not only the sixth month of the year, which signals the end of the first half of the year, it also ushers in summer. June brings in joy, happiness, and elevates mood, as the daylight is endlessly longer than the darkness of the night. June brings along with it a lot of academic goals and aspirations. This year, 2017, I have attended six graduations as June marks the end of middle school or high school for teens. June produces thousands of college graduates all over the world.

June is the month of love, as many new couples take their vows to start a new and happy married life with their spouses. June as we know is named after the Roman Goddess of marriage, Juno. She is known to be the protector of women and relationships.

Most businesses evaluate the next half of the year starting in June. Projections of the second half can be ascertained based on the outlook of sales from the first half. Some religious organizations do their spiritual cleansing in the second half of the year and at the beginning of the year. Individuals tend to re-evaluate their new year’s resolutions in June. Some service organizations change their leaderships in June, and churches. June is such a beautiful and stress free month.

Enjoy the remaining days in June and I hope it brings you joy, love and happiness.


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Hope: Many Interpretations Always Used


“Hope is the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it could happen: a feeling that something good will happen or be true: the chance something good will happen: someone or something that may be able to provide help: someone or something that may be able to provide help: someone or something that may be able to You’re our last hope (Merriam-Webster dictionary)”.

A Christian’s definition of hope is far superior to that of the world. Instead of wishing or hoping for something to happen, a believer knows that their hope is solid, concrete evidence because it is grounded in the Word of God and we know that God cannot lie (Patheos, 2014).

Hope is synonymous of faith, looking for a better future, and positive mind thought that all would be well. People hope to find a new and a better job when laid off, hope often succeeds negative experience as one looks for a more positive consequences in the outcome of their choices, post a negative or regrettable event.

Some optimists believe that the word hope, is used for people who are not sure of the outcome of their under takings. They would rather use the word like; it is already done to affirm the positive state of mind of an anticipated outcome.

Hope comes after darkness, it is the step towards a more fulfilling future, and with hope people can make the impossible possible. Faith and hope go together, when you have faith in someone, you will always be hopeful that the individual will stand by you, offer help when needed, or just be there for you.

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Gratitude is the Key to A Successful Living

Gratitude is just being mere “thankful” when someone does a good deed or favor for you. It can also be an appreciation of a relationship, friendship, business favors, or just expressing your heartfelt gratefulness to a stranger, a family member or a professional colleague. Do you recall the first hug from your toddler saying thank you for feeding him/her or for buying that special toy for him/her?

One of the first teachings by a parent to a child once they start conceptualizing things is to say thank you. You can agree with me that a child who grew up in an environment where gratitude is a norm, would grow up to be a grateful adult when situations warrants it. Most children’s’ songs and bible verses are filled with gratitude. There is a always a smile on the face whenever gratitude is expressed. One would arguably say that gratitude is therapeutic for those who practice it.

The Priest, Rabbi or Imam emphasizes that their congregation acknowledges how grateful they are for the privileges, we as human beings have over other creations by God. Because of that superiority, the world has evolved so dramatically for good. Science can be interpreted as human’s expression of their prefrontal cortex, which differentiates us from other animals. Human beings should be grateful for that gift.

A yoga instructor often starts and ends a class with an expression of gratitude, setting the participants minds for positivity and openness to the world. If you practice meditation, there is always a moment of calmness of appreciation, and being grateful for whom you are, your family, work, and good health. Gratitude with a smile can reduce tensions on your facial muscles, and directs positive energy flow to the heart.

I am grateful to all that would be reading this blog, my business associates who believe in my expertise and keep the referrals flowing, my friends, employees, and all that I have had the opportunity to interact on a positive level. I am most grateful to my family for being in my life, for God perfected that creation when he made you my gene.











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