A University Don, Prof Clement Adebisi Daramola has advised members of the academic staff of the Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo, to accord priority to their health, in other to enhance their physical and mental wellbeing.
Prof Daramola gave the advice on Wednesday June 8, 2016 while delivering a paper at a seminar organised for academic staff of the College, by the institution’s Counselling and Human Development Centre (CHDC)
Speaking on a topic entitled “Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle and Balancing Work and Family Life”, Daramola, a Professor of Guidance and Counselling at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Akoko, Ondo State, noted that the importance of healthy living cannot be overemphasized because “looking after ourselves can make a huge difference to our living”.
While noting the roles individual behaviour could play in determining health and illness, the counselling expert explained that the maintenance of a healthy living is a matter of self control.
The University lecturer stressed the importance of personal health and stated that “if we keep ourselves physically, mentally and socially active, it will help us maintain memory, skills and self confidence”.
He listed ways by which an individual could achieve a healthy lifestyle to include engaging in regular exercise, eating healthy diet, going for regular medical checkups, reading as well as relaxation.
On ways to address the problem of stress or worry, Prof Daramola advised people having problems to share it with somebody they trust. He also suggested smiling, saying it will help in improving mood and make other people respond positively.
Also on ways to improve general health, the university don advised people to eat slowly, drink two litres of water every day, eat fruits and vegetables regularly, stop smoking as well as exercise moderation in the consumption of alcoholic drinks.
While attributing conflict between work and family life as one of the most common sources of stress, Prof Daramola, said the problem could be addressed through the development of a creative solution, stating that the application of skills and strategies used at work, “such as Planning, Organising, Communicating, setting limits and delegating can be used effectively on the home front for achieving a satisfactory, fulfilling and well balanced life both physically and professionally” he remarked.
Also speaking on the topic from social perspective angle, a lecturer from the Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling, ACE, Dr Mrs Oyenike Alade Oyinloye, stressed the need for people to engage in social relationships that can diffuse stress, boredom, anarchy, chaos and disruption at home and work places.
She also harped on the need for workers to create time for relaxation by engaging in other social activities stating that the decision would go a long way in boosting their physical and mental wellbeing.
Also in his presentation, the Director of Medical Services, ACE, Dr Adekunle Ogunmosin, highlighted ten most common causes of death, which he listed as including heart attack, stroke, lower respiratory track infections as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
Others are diarrhoea diseases, HIV/AIDS, Respiratory Cancer, Diabetes Mellitus, road injury and pre-maturity.
While stressing the need for people to take their health seriously, Ogunmosin, described it as the single most important factor that determines how one will live life.
“Prevention is also cheaper than cure, it is much better to live a healthy lifestyle than to be burdened with managing diseases” he remarked.
The Medical expert who also spoke on stress and disease management, detoxification, nutritional supplement as well as the need for regular exercise warned against alcoholic consumption and cigarettes smoking, saying people who indulge in them could put their life at risk.
Earlier in an address of welcome delivered by the College Provost, Prof Olukoya Joseph Ogen, he described the topic as apt noting that the importance of healthy living cannot be over emphasised.
Prof Ogen represented by his Deputy, Dr, Samuel Akintunde, congratulated the CHDC for organising the seminar and reiterated the determination of his administration to continue to support programmes that would enhance staff developmentand accelerate the growth of the institution.
The programme held at the Babatunde Ipaye lecture theatre was attended by members of the College community including the Acting Librarian, Mr. Akintunde Awoyemi; Chairman, Committee of Deans and Dean School of Arts and Social Sciences, Dr. Ajigbade Ikuejube.
Others were Director Quality Assurance, Dr. Mrs. Ireti Alao, Dean School of Education, Dr. Mrs Oyenike Oyinloye, Directors, Heads of Departments and Units, Members of academic community staff and students to mention but few.