Christmas and New Year nuggets from the very best

Christmas and New Year nuggets from the very best

Eat a lot of vegetables

The Christmas decora­tions are finally out. The nights of carols, lights and lighting of trees are packed back-to-back and the carols services with the famous nine les­sons can’t be left out.

In all this, the traffic in Accra just doesn’t want to be outdone. It is amazing! Where are all these vehi­cles and humans coming from? Will all this traffic disappear into thin air in January 2024?

grilled fish
grilled fish

Christmas and a New Year are always associated with food, drinks, parties both formal and informal and church programmes to mark the birth of Christ.

Food, drinks, social events and hospital visits have a lot in common so today we share the first set of words of wisdom from three exciting pro­fessionals who are on the Health Essentials Virtual Wellness School faculty.

1. Festivities and Food

Its holiday season and it is important to party responsibly by observing the following rules.

• Vegetables must make up about half the portion of your meals

• Choose fruit juices over soft drinks

• Go for grilled fish/ meat instead of fried ones

• Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so don’t skip it

Have a happy, healthy holiday season.

Carroll K. Owu

(Registered Dietician)

2. If there is a time of the year that family, friends, associates and colleagues come together to share a meal or make merry, it is during the end of year holidays. Be on point by keeping these important etiquette tips in mind and making use of them.

a. A car key, phone, purse or wallet should not be placed on the table

b. Do not order the most expensive meal on the menu when someone else is making the pay­ment.

c. It is NEVER accept­able to pick or floss ones teeth at the dining table.

d. Have a civil conver­sation. Politics and religion are best not discussed at the dining table.

e. Etiquette frowns on using your phone at the table. Keep it away and enjoy the company of those present at the table.

Abenaa Antwiwaa Adusei

Certified Etiquette Con­sultant

3. Plan ahead for Healthcare Visits

Instead of skipping scheduled hospital visits altogether during the holi­day rush, I advise patients to consider meeting their doctor or healthcare pro­vider earlier than usual. This ensures that one’s health needs are ad­dressed prior to the fes­tive season, and it is now easy to relax and manage other significant commit­ments without compromis­ing your well-being.

Dr. Ernest Anim-Opare

Specialist Family Physician


Next week I will serve you another batch of thoughtful tips from our amazing faculty. Do put it all into practice.


Dr. Kojo Cobba Essel

Health Essentials Ltd/ Mobissel


*Dr. Essel is a medical doctor with a keen in­terest in Lifestyle Medi­cine, holds an MBA and is ISSA certified in exercise therapy, fitness nutrition and corrective exercise. He is the author of the award-winning book, ‘Un­ravelling The Essentials of Health & Wealth.’

Thought for the week – “Making time to relax, have fun, laugh with loved ones and give especially to the less privileged all make you a healthier per­son.”- Kojo Essel

By Dr. Kojo Cobba Essel

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