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10 Reasons Why Millennials Are Not as Healthy as The Previous Generations

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By Guest Writer

Things have changed drastically down the years. Beginning from our modes of communication to the food structure, everything has taken a 360-degree turn. The millennial generation is of those people who were born in the ’80s, ’90s, and 2000s. It is no wonder that as a millennial generation, we are not as healthy as our parents and grandparents used to be when they were young and of our ages. There are many reasons for this. In this article, I will be discussing all the reasons behind us as the millennial generation running into so many diseases these days.

Previous generations were perfect in terms of their mental and physical health. However, the current generation is the one that bumps into multiple issues every year. The truth is that many factors affect our health. Simple examples include climate changes, pollution, processed/canned foods, fizzy drinks, etc. Very few people have a healthy lifestyle, which is why the percentage of healthy people has drastically reduced down the years. In this article, I will articulate all those reasons because of which millennials are weak, mentally and physically.

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10 reasons why millennials are less healthy as compared to older generations:

1.      Misbalanced lifestyle kills

Our elders had a great lifestyle, which is why they were always fit and healthy. Our generation is the one that has poor eating and sleeping habits. We have become more aggressive and lazy as a result of so many facilities around us. Our lifestyles are not healthy, and we have poor habits, which is why we run into many problems as young people. Back in the ’90s and ’80s, people had a very good lifestyle, used to sleep on time, wake up early in the morning, would exercise and stay fit.

2.      Poor eating habits

The term fast food was coined by MacDonald’s in 1948, and for many years this company had a monopoly in the world. Currently, there are thousands of fast food chains around the world that offer instantly cooked food to people. Our generation eats more, exercises less, and consumes unhygienic food. They say that it is crucial to have breakfast early in the morning, lunch in the afternoon and dinner before 7 pm. Our generation has completely changed the dynamics of that which is why people are becoming obese.

3.      Less physical work develops obesity

With much advancement in technology, there’s no work that cannot be done without the help of technology. Our elders used to do everything on their own, which is why they had amazing bodies. Obesity was rarely heard or written about in those days. The more the body moves, the better it is for our health. With home delivery services and everything on the doorstep, we have stopped moving out and around the city. Secondly, with everyone sticking to their phones all the time, there has been a decrease in the trend of working out.

4.      Sleeping late affects eyes

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. I wish if we would have acted upon it. Social media is yet another disease which consumes a lot of our time, and as a result, we sleep late. The effect of mobile phones is that it deprives us of sleep, and the sleeping time gets naturally reduced. Our elders had great habits, which is why they always had great eyesight. These days, kids are often born with weak eyesight and multiple issues.

5.      Smoking and drinking can cause depression

These two problems that have plagued the rest of the world. Even teenagers are involved in smoking and drinking these days. With the legalization of marijuana in many states, the smoking of weed has become a trend in many towns. Youngsters use Indiana fake ID to buy marijuana and other stuff from the local pharmacies. The adverse effects of smoking are widely known to everyone across the globe. Drinking causes obesity and often leads to addiction.

6.      Being over ambitious is dangerous for health

It is good to be ambitious but equally bad to be over-ambitious. The need to earn more and strive towards high standards of living is something that needs the investment of time, energy, and lots of money. The millennial generation is striving to achieve more but fails to smile every single day. Some so many people run into depression every single day. This depression, in turn, transitions into the addiction of many types.

7.      Hyper sexuality harms a person

We as millennials have gone from water to fire. Hyper sexuality is yet another major issue which we are going through. With dating and relationships being so common these days, it is a cliché for young people to engage in instant lovemaking. The downside of this process is that people run into sexually transmitted diseases and often fall into depression if a heart break happens. Earlier people would often engage in relationships where adults would consent, but these days, young people live their lives on their terms.

8.      Medications have side effects

With much advancement in medicine, there is no disease for which a drug is not available. However, the problem with drugs is that they have their side effects. We live in a time where for even a mild headache, we start taking antibiotics. Such medicines have adverse effects on the body and mind. Some medicines even weaken the muscles as a result of which a person’s strength to do any physical work gets reduced.

9.      Stress is not good

This is the worst disease which consumes the lives of so many people every year. A shocking fact is that young people dying from mental diseases has become very common. As explained already, depression is a mental illness which affects the overall wellness of a person. Moreover, with a lot of pressure on social media and by parents to succeed in an academic career, young people often take a lot of stress and often end up getting sudden strokes.

10.  Overlooking of medical checkup is dangerous

This is a major issue with young people these days. A medical checkup is very important so that a person can always be sure about their healthy body. Medical checkups consist of conventional checkups such as that of blood pressure, eyesight, body mass index, cholesterol levels, etc. We as millennials are so ignorant that we often overlook our medical checkups and don’t even know about a disease that is developing inside. Our elders were never ignorant about this and were always on the ball when it would concern their health.

Conclusion:

It is a wonder that we as millennials are never going to be as active as our parents and grandparents were. We live in an age where processed foods are on high sales in the market. We live in an age where technology has encapsulated our lives so much that one doesn’t want to leave their house and go anywhere else. Seldom do we find individuals who are young and very healthy. If you want to stay fit and active, then it is crucial that you develop a good lifestyle to fight all sorts of issues. 

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MTN Uganda Supports Kasese Floods Victims With Non-Food Start-up kits

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  • Thousands of people are displaced, houses and property destroyed, and livelihoods affected following flash floods from heavy rains in Kasese district and surrounding Mt. Rwenzori region this month.
  • MTN has donated shs.41,000,000 to provide relief to the displaced people
  • The money will be used to provide 100 start-up nonfood items/ relief kits to support some of the displaced families.

MTN Uganda through its Corporate Social Responsibility arm, the MTN Foundation has donated Shs. Ugx 41,000,000 million towards the Kasese floods victims. This money will be used to buy non-food relief items to support the families that have been displaced.

The devastating floods ensued after River Nyamwamba burst its banks, following the heavy rains that hit the Rwenzori Mountain ranges.

Over 24,760 households with approximately 173,320 people were affected by the flash floods. Almost up to 150 houses were destroyed in Karusandara division while another 92 houses were completely washed away in Nyamwamba and kilembe areas. The displaced people have sought shelter from nearby churches and school buildings following a directive from Hon. Musa Ecweru, the state Minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness during his visit to the area last week.

It is against this premise MTN Uganda, through it’s foundation that aims at improving the lives of the communities within which it operates by supplementing government efforts in priority areas including disaster responses has urgently come in to reach out to the  Kasese floods victims with relief aid.

While handling over the dummy cheque to the Red Cross and Officials from the office of the Prime Minister, MTN Uganda’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte said remarked that facing such a disaster in these unprecedented times when the globe is grappling with the Covid19 pandemic and the country in a state of lock-down, spells double tragedy for the people of Kasese, thus prompting urgent relief from mtn and all other stake holders to save the lives of people.

This was during a dummy cheque handover at the Nyonyi Gardens MTN offices in Kampala this morning.

Wim further expressed MTN’s heartfelt sympathy to the people of Kasese.

“As MTN Uganda, we stand with the people of Kasese who have suffered great loss in the recent heavily destructive flash floods. We understand that this is such a trying time, especially since we are already battling the devastating effects of the Covid19 pandemic. We hope that this modest support we have rendered will offer them some comfort,”

While receiving the cheque, Robert Kwesiga, Uganda Red Cross Secretary General appreciated MTN for always coming through very fast to support whenever the Country has emergences.

“This is not the first time MTN Uganda has supported people affected by disasters. Last year they supported Bududa twice, supported Bundibugyo and today they are supporting Kasese. This consistent commitment is a true humanitarian spirit exhibited by MTN to support it’s community. Amidst this period when all partners including MTN have heavily invested in the COVID-19 fight, MTN has still managed to support Kasese. We want to thank you.” Kwesiga said.

The money shall be used to procure 100 standard household non-food-item kits to reach out to 100 most vulnerable families comprising of children, youths, women and the elderly. Each of the kits contains 2 cooking pots, 6 cups, 6 plates, 1 knife, 1 ladle, 2 jerry cans, 3 blankets, 3 mosquito nets, 3 bars of soap and 1 tarpaulin for shelter.

In 2013, the MTN foundation spent about 250m to support the kilembe mines hospital which had been affected by similar floods through refurbishment of the children and maternal ward and provided items to support the hospital inclusive of 100 hospital beds, mattresses, mosquito nets as well a generator.

On behalf of the Government of Uganda, the Ag Commissioner for Disaster Preparedness Ms. Rose Nakabugo extended warm heartfelt appreciation to MTN Foundation for the support to the people of Kasese. “This is very timely. We thank MTN and commit that the donated items will right away be delivered to Kasese to help people cope through this situation. Thank you for complementing our efforts.”

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Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa’s Corporate Social Responsibility Are Paying Off in Northern Uganda

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Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa’s approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) in Northern Uganda continues to empower communities to uplift themselves. Ayabatwa’s CSR in this case is based on food security, income-generation, afforestation and access to clean water. 

1. FOOD SECURITY 

Ayabatwa’s company based in Northern Uganda established the Arua Organic Agricultural Centre (AOAC) which demonstrates to communities best practices in food production. 

Crucially, AOAC teaches farmers continuous farming even where rains are scarce. Solar-powered irrigation is now operational, which permits the growing of over 15 different food crops.

A key aspect is to keep these crops well mulched helping the soil to retain more moisture, keeping the temperature low and increasing the soil fertility.

Overall, encouraging and supporting farmers not only to improve food security but also to generate incomes is central. For example, a small farm can produce more than required to sustain a family. By adopting good agricultural practices farmers produce excess food thereby helping to improve Uganda’s food security.

2. INCOME-GENERATION

Farmers are continuously sensitized to expand their income portfolio and not depend only on cash crops. These are several initiatives in this regard. In the case of bee-keeping, 9 apiaries were installed in all regions where farmers learn best practices in bee-keeping. Second, farmers are assisted to grow their own mini forests. A small forest can produce enough wood for domestic consumption and provide extra income every year by selling construction material and charcoal.

3. AFFORESTATION 

In the area of afforestation, 2.4 tree seedlings per year are given to farmers free of charge. Farmers are taught that tree planting goes together with cash crop growing. Tobacco. Native tree species and fruit trees are supplied to the farming communities. 

4. PROVIDING CLEAN WATER SOURCES TO COMMUNITIES

Shallow wells are constructed for communities – providing clean water access to over 15,000 people in the Arua region. This also ensures that children don’t travel long distances to fetch water from rivers thereby undermining their education and their future. 

Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa and his companies remain fully committed to the CSR path they have practiced over the years, namely, giving a hand to local communities as they lift themselves from poverty. 

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Africans retreat into homes on coronavirus, but scared about food

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More than two-thirds of over 4,500 Africans reached by GeoPoll across 12 nations have reported they are self-quarantining to prevent the risks and spread of coronavirus.

Yet, as Africans retreat into their homes, they are worried about food and their economies to almost as great a degree as they are worried about the global pandemic.

In a survey administered remotely through GeoPoll’s mobile-based research platform, it was found that 80 per cent of respondents were frightened about coronavirus spreading in their countries, but 71 per cent said they were also ‘very concerned’ about its economic impact.

The degree of health fears in each nation appeared related to the level of quarantine now in place. For while 63 per cent of Africans believe they are at risk of contracting the virus, Rwandans judge themselves to be at the lowest risk, at 37 per cent, in a situation where 90 per cent have self-quarantined.

Conversely, in countries such as Mozambique and Zambia, which report lower rates of self-quarantining, citizens feel far more vulnerable, with over 80 per cent in each of these countries believing they and their families are at risk.

Such fears across nations with limited ICU capacity and often scant supplies of oxygen has wrought other changes of behavior, with 54 per cent of respondents increasing hygiene and hand washing, and 50 per cent avoiding public places.

There are also rising concerns over food supplies. Most of the Africans polled reported that they were shopping for food less often, while just 20 per cent reported that all food markets around them are currently operational. Additionally, more than 85 per cent of respondents in the DRC, Rwanda and Kenya have worried in the last seven days that they would not have enough to eat.

“A health crisis such as coronavirus hitting vulnerable populations can have devastating effects on development, food supplies and resources. Reliable data is needed to accurately track on-the-ground situations, and using our remote mobile methodologies GeoPoll was able to gather valuable information quickly and safely,” said Nicholas Becker, GeoPoll CEO.

“Some governments in Africa have been proactive about lockdowns in order to prevent the virus from quickly spreading through densely populated areas, but coronavirus is already present in many African nations, and this study shows there is a fear that the worst is yet to come.”

There is a growing concern that many nations in Africa are poorly prepared for a pandemic as easily transmissible as COVID-19. This has triggered widely different approaches and very different levels of public support. In Rwanda, 81 per cent of respondents believe their government has done enough to stop the spread of the virus, as do 60 per cent in Uganda, but in Zambia, Nigeria and Kenya, less than a third are confident enough has been done.

To download GeoPoll’s full report and view an interactive dashboard of results, please visit this page: GeoPoll Report: The Impact of COVID-19 Across Africa.

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About GeoPoll

GeoPoll is a leader in providing fast, high quality research from areas that are difficult to access using traditional methods. Using mobile-based, remote methodologies including SMS, voice calls, and online modes, GeoPoll facilitates projects that aid in disaster response, assess food security, demonstrate demand for new projects, and more around the world.

GeoPoll combines a robust mobile surveying platform that has the ability to conduct research via multiple modes with a database of over 250 million respondents in emerging markets around the globe. Strengths lie in GeoPoll’s ability to target extremely specific populations, deploy surveys in multiple countries, and provide expert guidance on how to collect accurate, reliable data through the mobile phone. For more information visit www.GeoPoll.com.


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Sanofi and GSK to join forces in unprecedented vaccine collaboration to fight COVID-19

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Companies to combine innovative technologies to develop an adjuvanted COVID-19 vaccine

Candidate vaccine expected to enter clinical trials in the second half of 2020 and, if successful, to be available in the second half of 2021


Sanofi and GSK today announce that they have signed a letter of intent to develop an adjuvanted vaccine for COVID-19, using innovative technology from both companies, to help address the ongoing pandemic.

Sanofi will contribute its S-protein COVID-19 antigen, which is based on recombinant DNA technology. This technology has produced an exact genetic match to proteins found on the surface of the virus, and the DNA sequence encoding this antigen has been combined into the DNA of the baculovirus expression platform, the basis of Sanofi’s licensed recombinant influenza product in the US.

GSK will contribute its proven pandemic adjuvant technology. The use of an adjuvant can be of particular importance in a pandemic situation since it may reduce the amount of vaccine protein required per dose, allowing more vaccine doses to be produced and therefore contributing to protect more people. 

“As the world faces this unprecedented global health crisis, it is clear that no one company can go it alone.says Paul Hudson, Chief Executive Officer, Sanofi. “That is why Sanofi is continuing to complement its expertise and resources with our peers, such as GSK, with the goal to create and supply sufficient quantities of vaccines that will help stop this virus.”

“This collaboration brings together two of the world’s largest vaccines companies.” says Emma Walmsley, Chief Executive Officer, GSK. “By combining our scientific expertise, technologies and capabilities, we believe that we can help accelerate the global effort to develop a vaccine to protect as many people as possible from Covid-19.”

The combination of a protein-based antigen together with an adjuvant is well-established and used in a number of vaccines available today. An adjuvant is added to some vaccines to enhance the immune response and has been shown to create a stronger and longer- lasting immunity against infections than the vaccine alone. It can also improve the likelihood of delivering an effective vaccine that can be manufactured at scale. 

The companies plan to initiate phase I clinical trials in the second half of 2020 and, if successful, subject to regulatory considerations, aim to complete the development required for availability by the second half of 2021. 

As previously announced by Sanofi, development of the recombinant-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate is being supported through funding and a collaboration with the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA), part of the office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The companies plan to discuss funding support with other governments and global institutions prioritising global access.

“Strategic alliances among vaccine industry leaders are essential to make a coronavirus vaccine available as soon as possible,” says BARDA Director, Rick A. Bright, Ph.D. “Development of the adjuvanted recombinant-based COVID-19 vaccine candidate holds the potential to lower the vaccine dose to provide vaccine to a greater number of people to end this pandemic, and help the world become better prepared or even prevent future coronavirus outbreaks.”

The companies have set up a Joint Task Force, co-chaired by David Loew, Global Head of Vaccines, Sanofi and Roger Connor, President Vaccines, GSK. The taskforce will seek to mobilize resources from both companies to look for every opportunity to accelerate the development of the candidate vaccine.

Considering the extraordinary humanitarian and financial challenge of the pandemic, both companies believe that global access to COVID-19 vaccines is a priority and are committed to making any vaccine that is developed through the collaboration affordable to the public and through mechanisms that offer fair access for people in all countries.

These efforts mark a significant milestone in Sanofi’s and GSK’s ongoing contributions to help fight COVID-19. The companies have entered into a Material Transfer Agreement to enable them to start working together immediately.  Definitive terms of the collaboration are expected to be finalised over the next few weeks.

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