ACE workers counsel on healthy lifestyle

Workers in Adeyemi College of Education (ACE) Ondo have been advised to pay adequate attention to their health, in order to live longer, enhance their physical well-being and achieved improved productivity.

This advice was given by counselling experts and a Medical Practitioners at a one-day seminar held on Tuesday June 28, 2016 for Non-teaching staff in the College by the institution’s Counselling and Human Development Centre (CHDC).

In his remark while declaring the seminar open, the Provost of the College, Prof. Olukoya Joseph Ogen, represented by his Deputy, Dr. Samuel Akintunde described it as good initiative coming few weeks after a similar exercise was organized for members of the academic staff in the institution.

Underscoring the importance of healthy living, Prof. Ogen emphasized the need for staff of the College to always pay maximum attention to their well-being saying the decision would enable them to discharge their job effectively and efficiently.

The College helmsman congratulated the CHDC for organizing the seminar and urged them not to rest on their oars in organizing other activities in future that would have positive impact on the staff.

He reiterated the determination of his administration to continue to support good ideas that would help in improving the welfare of staff and enhance growth and development of the institution.

Earlier in an address of welcome, the Acting Director CHDC, Dr (Mrs.) Caroline Babasola Obasoro, explained that the seminar with the theme: ‘’ Achieving A Healthy Lifestyle and Balancing Work and Family Life’’, was organized to provide encouragement and pathway, which could help us achieve work and family life’’.

Describing the seminar as second in the series to be organized for staff of the College, Obasoro urged participants to make judicious use of the knowledge acquired at the seminar and thanked the College Management for supporting the programme.

Also while presenting a paper entitled: ‘’ Antidotes for Achieving a Healthy Lifestyle, Balancing Work and Family Life’’ from psychological perspective, Obasoro stressed the need for people to eat healthy diet, undergo regular exercise and create time for themselves.

In addition, she also emphasized the need for staff of the institution to always strike a balance between work and family life by drawing a clear line between the duo, allow free flow of communication at home and work places, avoid perfectionism as well as making honesty a watchword among others.

Similarly, another lecturer in the institution, Dr ( Mrs) Oyenike Alake Oyinloye from the Department of Educational Foundations and Counselling, while speaking on the topic entitled: ‘’Achieving A Healthy Life Style, Balancing Work and Family Life’’ from social perspective encouraged staff to socialize saying the decision would help in reducing stress.

She highlighted skills that could be applied in enhancing social interactions to include persuasion, use of communication, conflict management, exhibition of leadership trait as well as bonds building and management of change.

Also in his presentation, the Director of Medical Services ACE, Dr. Adekunle Ekundayo Ogunmosin, listed ten most common causes of premature death as including stroke, heart attack, lower respiratory tract infections as well as chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.

Others include HIV/ AIDS, Respiratory Cancer, Road injury, diarrhea diseases, diabetes mellitus and pre-maturity cases.

While stressing the need for the workers to avail themselves of regular medical examination in recognized medical facilities, Ogunmosin said “ prevention is also cheaper than cure, it is much better to live a healthy lifestyle than to be burdened with managing diseases “.

The College Director of Medical Services also spoke extensively on disease management, stress, detoxification, nutritional supplements as well as the need for people to exercise moderation in the consumption of fatty foods.

Ogunmosin also harped on the need for regular exercise and warned against alcoholic and cigarette addiction saying people who indulge in them could endanger their life.

The programme held at the Babatunde Ipaye Lecture theatre was attended by some of the Principal officersof the College including the Registrar, Mr Felix Eniola Aderinboye; representative of the Bursar, Mr Ganiyu Abdul, Mrs. Taiwo Adedoyin, who is also the Deputy Bursar.

Also in attendance were Deputy Registrars which include Mrs. Fisayo Fakorede, Mr Ajayi F.A, Mrs. Adeyinka Tugbiyele, Mr. Gabriel Adeyemi Awe, Mrs. Veronica Akpe, Mrs. Agnes Kehinde Fajiye, Mr. Peter Okunniga and Principal Assistant Registrar, Information and Public Relations Unit, Mr. Moses Olusola Akinfolarin.

Also present on the occasion were Chairman College branch of the Senior Staff Union Colleges of Education, Nigeria (SSUCOEN), Comrade Liasu Olaniyi Jimoh and his Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) counterpart, Comrade H.O Akingbola to mention but few.