…As Nutritionist says Regular exercise, healthy diet helps tackle Obesity***
Timilehin Lawal of Tabitha Home, an orphanage, has emerged the winner of the 2019 Lighthouse Spelling Bee Competition which held at the Lead City International School, Jericho, Ibadan.
The newsmen report that Quadri Oladoye of Ansar-Ud-Deen High School,Ibadan, came second, while Emmanuel Fayese of Army Barracks Grammar School,Ibadan, emerged in the third position.
Lawal received a laptop and a cash prize of N50, 000 while Oladoye got N25, 000, with Fayese going home with N10, 000.
Other participants received medals and certificates of participation.
Lawal, who spoke to the newsmen on the sidelines of the event, said he came for the competition unprepared.
He added that he received the invitation at a short notice, expressing surprise he won the competition.
“I didn’t get to know about it on time. I looked for people who had at taken part in previous spelling bees and I got materials they used in preparing to get myself ready.
“I can’t explain how I came first, but it can only be God,’’ he said.
The initiator of the competition and Batch B NYSC member, Aisha Hussaini, said that giving back to the community brought about the programme.
Hussaini said that she felt the need to show love and encourage pupils in public schools.
“It occurred to me to do something nice for the community and I felt students in public schools would appreciate the spelling Bee competition more,”he said.
NAN reports that eight schools and one orphanage participated in the competition.
Other schools that participated in the competition included Army Day High School, Nawair-Ud-Deen High School, Anwar-Ul- Islam Grammar School, Community Secondary School, Urbanday Secondary School and Community Grammar School, all in Ibadan.
Tabitha Homes was the only non-educational institution that participated in the spelling Bee competition.
In the meantime, a Nutritionist, Mrs Henrietta Ugwu, has recommended regular physical exercise and maintenance of healthy diet to combat obesity among adults.
Ugwu, who is a Nutrition officer with the Enugu State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, gave the advice in an interview on Tuesday in Enugu.
She noted that to avoid being overweight or obese, there was need to imbibe healthy nutritional behaviours which included having to maintain a healthy diet pattern and engage in regular physical activity.
According to her, the key to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is not short-term dietary change, but a lifestyle that includes healthy eating and regular physical activity.
The nutritionist said that the kind of work a person engaged himself or herself in depended on the diet that individual eats.
She added that those who were into manual or hard jobs, like brick layers and barrow pushers, among others, needed more of energy giving food like carbohydrates than someone who sits and works in an office.
“Knowing your body mass, helps in achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, and getting regular physical activity are all actions you can take for yourself to combat excess weight gain,” she said.
She stressed that obesity was a major health problem as there was an increasing trend of overweight individuals in Nigeria.
Ugwu noted that being overweight or obese was known to contribute significantly to morbidity rates among many adults, who ignored the necessity of the consideration of their health diet pattern.
She urged adults to avoid frequent consumption of fast food with high sugar content so as to prevent over weight and other diseases.
She called on everyone to eat moderately, adding that eating more of grains, fruits, vegetables and regular exercise will help people live healthily as well as prevent obesity.