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Friday, 07 May 2021 10:58 GMT

Qatar- QU CHS holds webinar on staying healthy amid pandemic


(MENAFN - The Peninsula) In celebration of Nutrition Month, the Department of Human Nutrition at the College of Health Sciences, a QU-Health member at Qatar University (QU), organized a webinar entitled 'Healthy and Active Employees during the Pandemic.

The COVID-19 pandemic has added various challenges and changes to everyday life. It represents a massive impact on human health, causing sudden lifestyle changes, especially for those working from home.

Therefore, the webinar emphasized the importance of healthy eating habits, staying active during working hours, and working from home to support the human health and immune system. The virtual webinar targeted all employees at Qatar University. Many employees, staff, and academics at (QU) attended the webinar.

The symposium discussed the importance of scheduling balanced meals and snacks, including all food groups in the meal, choosing healthier options, staying hydrated, and limiting salt, sugar, and fat sources to meet the nutritional needs and provide the employees with the required energy.

Healthy eating is essential no matter our age, race, or gender. Yet, it is probably something that we do not pay enough attention to and are ignorant about the damage we could potentially cause to our overall health. Parallel with measures taken by most countries worldwide, and lockdowns affected dietary habits and physical activity.

Unfavorable dietary behaviors during the lockdown, such as increased caloric intake, more frequent snacking, reduced consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, and weight gain, can affect many areas. Most importantly, it can affect immune status.

The webinar emphasized the importance of physical activity during the pandemic in reducing stress, managing weight, and reducing health implications. Several homeexercise examples were presented, like yoga, rope jumping, walking, using the stairs, or using resistance bands and dumbbells.

At the workplace, taking breaks for walking and stretching will help boost energy levels, improve employee's fitness levels and count toward meeting the guidelines. The correct diet with the appropriate activity level is an important and integral part of developing a robust immune system.

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