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Experts train women on environment, stress, health management


Nigerian women have been advised to maintain a stress-free lifestyle and healthy environment.

Executive Director, Julie and Albert Foundation, Ms. Betty Albert Obateye, made the call at the Mother’s Day and International women Day workshop with topics on, ‘Thyroid Diseases, stress management at home, Balancing Needs and wants and cleanliness and Environmental Hygiene’, organized by the foundation.
Addressing about 60 women at the forum, she maintained that since cleanliness is next to godliness, women must keep clean homes, with personal hygiene and environment. 
She also charged them to believe in themselves, and look out for other persons around.
She disclosed that Julie and Albert Foundation was the brainchild of Mr. and Mrs. Albert (her late parents), who were philanthropists with the purpose of empowering the poor and less-privileged in her community. 

“The foundation was established in 2000. Before their demise, they gave me the mandate continued the humanitarian gesture by providing assistance to the under -privileged women, widows, orphans and other vulnerable persons from poverty,” she said.  
Another resource person   who spoke on “stress management,” Tony Obi, urged the women to make their health issues a priority and minimal stress level by developing relaxation skills and eat right. He charged them get more information, expand their social network and avoid burnout.  
He observed that most women are carried away by family responsibilities to the detriment of their personal health. The women are so engrossed with their activities and multi- tasking, adding that his mother passed on 25 years ago as a result of such ordeals.

The forum identified stress triggers known as micro stressors, such as traffic jam, daily annoyance, academic deadline, while major stressors are negative – serious illness, loss of love ones or career that affect women who are the home makers.
Obi also pointed out some catastrophic events whether man –made and natural disasters such as floor or collapsed buildings that affect large numbers of people trigger stress. 
Co -founder Healthcare Social Media, Mr. Victor Omoreghe, who talked on the, ‘Thyroid diseases and symptoms’, told The Guardian that thyroid disease are common in women than in men.
He charged women to do a thyroid functional test to know their statue whether they are predisposed to the disease. 
He advised women who are affected by thyroid disease to go for medical treatment not to self medicate, adding that to observe all the necessary medical tests, while operation should be the last resort. 
However urged women to eat enough vegetables, fruits and get good rest.
A special guest and trainer, Tunde Adeyeye, who spoke on the ‘differences between want and need’,said the difference between wants and needs is self-control; some of the problems associated with wants are borrow, sorrow and wrong which could lead to depression.

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