June, 2013

New Membership rates!!! Effective from 1st July 2013

Dear members and prospective members. Please find new membership prices below. These rates are effective from the beginning of July 2013. We hope that these new rates prove enticing and effective and look forward to welcoming your enquiries. Please do not hesitate to contact us via our contacts page.

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Simple ways to prevent prostate cancer

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Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among all men, regardless of race or ethnicity. It grows slowly, with few symptoms, but can be caught and treated with early detection.

There are also plenty of things you can do lower your risk, including diet changes and moderate exercise. Here are six steps you can take now to lower your chances of getting of prostate cancer.

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Drink more coffee!

Regular, decaf, half-caf, whatever–it’s all good, say Harvard researchers. They found that men who drank six or more cups of regular or decaf coffee were 59 percent less likely to develop advanced prostate cancer than those who eschewed the brew. More research is needed to determine what’s in java that might make it beneficial, says study author Kathryn Wilson, Ph.D.

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Ditch the doughnuts!

Men with the highest blood levels of trans-fats have more than twice the prostate-cancer risk of men with the lowest levels. Trans-fatty acids increase inflammation and insulin resistance, both of which may play a role in prostate cancer. Avoid commercially baked doughnuts and cookies, as well as packaged baked goods containing hydrogenated oil.

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See red, eat red!

Eat more cooked tomato products to reduce your risk of prostate cancer. This quirky link was first noticed in the 1990s by Harvard researcher Edward Giovannucci, M.D., Sc.D., and subsequent studies have confirmed the power of edible red. Credit lycopene, a pigment in tomatoes that’s more potent after they’re cooked. Aim for two-plus servings a week.

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Move it!

Exercise reduces the risk of fatal forms of prostate cancer by 41 percent. What’s more, among survivors of prostate cancer, those who exercised vigorously (playing tennis, running, swimming, or biking) for 5 hours a week had a 56 percent lower risk of death from the disease. “More activity is more protective,” says lead researcher Stacey A. Kenfield, Sc.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health.

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Top off your oil!

Fish don’t have prostates–but if they did, we’re betting they wouldn’t get prostate cancer. In studies on lab animals, the omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA in fish oil inhibited tumors. Plus, Harvard researchers found that men who ate fish three times a week reduced their risk of aggressive prostate cancer by 25 percent.

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Give gland a workout!

(i.e. Have Lots of Sex) A 2004 study in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed data on 29,342 men and found that guys who had 21 or more orgasms a month were about 30 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who racked up only four to seven a month. A possible explanation is…wait, who cares? Tell your wife it’s doctor’s orders.

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How much exercise do kids really need?

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Beyond physical health

We all know that exercise is important for muscle strength and lean body composition, setting kids on a lifelong trajectory of good cardiovascular health, and lowering the risk of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes.

But when your kid is huffing and puffing, it’s not just a benefit to her/his body. Physical activity has been shown to improve executive function (the ability to focus on and retain important information and filter distractions), perhaps through an increase in available blood or energy to the frontal cortex and the memory-forming hippocampus. In other words, exercise also helps your child think.

We have reason to believe that staying active is important to your child’s mood, too. On an immediate level you can see this difference in spirit – let’s say, when your child starts to hit his friends after he’s cooped up too long, or when he’s been sluggishly devouring shows on the iPad and then brightens when he gets out of the house to play tag.

How much exercise do kids need?
Male and female children and adolescents need at least one hour of exercise every day. That should be composed of activities that are:

  • Aerobic (running, jumping, biking, dancing, and other pastimes that up your child’s heart rate)
  • Muscle-strengthening (climbing or other actions that “overload” muscles beyond their normal work)
  • Bone-strengthening (jumping, running, hopscotch, and other actions that put force on the bones)

The National Association for Sport and Physical Education says that toddlers need 30 minutes of structured and 60 minutes of unstructured activity every day, and that they should not be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time except to sleep. For preschoolers, the recommendation is 60 minutes of structured and 60 minutes to several hours of unstructured activity, with the same parameter of being sedentary for no more than an hour. Kids ages five to 12 should get at least an hour of activity all or most days of the week.

Go for the big schoolyard

If your child is in daycare or preschool (especially if it’s a full day program), make sure there is plenty of indoor and outdoor space for toddling and running, and also a safe climbing structure. By the age of three, most kids need a nice wide-open yard to play tag, bike, or just run in good old-fashioned circles.

Keep the stroller for long walks

While the stroller makes life easier for parents, try to limit it to longer hikes. Help your toddler or preschooler get in the habit of walking next to you instead. Make it an “adventure walk,” in which you pick up interesting treasures along the way or pretend you’re exploring the neighborhood, if she needs encouragement.

The friend factor

A recent study gave us reason to think that social dynamics can have an impact on a child’s level of activity; feeling ostracized or excluded may make our little ones more likely to be sedentary. Check out what’s happening on the playground with your child’s friends and make sure she feels comfortable and motivated to get in the game.

Limit TV

Television is the ultimate anti-exercise, so see if you can limit screen time by having parameters around it, such as only on the weekends or only one show per day.

Sleep and eat well

Your little one needs energy to play, so check that she’s sleeping well (13-15 hours a day for a one-year-old; 12-14 hours a day for a two-year-old; and at least 11-12 hours for a preschooler) and getting plenty of healthy foods and lots of water.

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Children’s Day Celebrations at IHC

Children’s day was celebrated in style at Ivory Health Club’s Ikeja branch. We had entertainment  activities, competitions, and so much more. It all came together in a spectacular way with wave after wave of happy and excited kids and families. He are some pictures to share the experience with you. Make sure you don’t miss our next one!

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