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8TH ANNUAL HEALTH WEEK OF UNILAG MEDICAL CENTRE

(Last Updated On: December 5, 2019)

By Tolulope Popoola

As the 8th Annual Health week of the University of Lagos Medical Centre enters day two, a lecturer of the Department of Community Health, College of Medicine University of Lagos, Idi-araba, Professor K.A Odeyemi, says, that it is important that every individual carries out consistent healthy living practices, to support, improve, maintain and enhance health.

Healthy living is the practice of health enhancing behaviors, or living in healthy ways as it implies the physical, mental and spiritual capacity to make healthy choices.

Speaking at the 8th edition of the annual health week of the University of Lagos Medical Centre, tagged Keys to Healthy Living: Lifestyle Modification and Drug Adherence, Professor K.A Odeyemi, stated that a lot of individuals adopt unhealthy lifestyles.

“Some these unhealthy lifestyles are diet changes, consumption of food items with low nutrients, high sugar and preservatives, living sedentary life, consumption of alcohol, use of drugs and consumption of tobacco”.

She added that by 2030, diseases gotten from the adoption of unhealthy life style, will be the major cause of death all over the world.

She advised that individuals should adopt Life style modification by maintaining a healthy diet, avoid junk foods, maintain ideal body weight, quit smoking, alcohol consumption and engage in social engagement and health screening.

Former dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Professor Bolajoko Aina, who spoke on the importance of drug adherence, stated thatdrug adherence is important for controlling chronic conditions, treating temporary conditions, overall long-term health and well-being

She added that educating patients about the importance of drug adherence, especially in patients with life-threatening or life-long diseases, that require maintenance medication, will go a long way in solving health issues and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.