The Importance of Nutrition in the First Trimester

Maintaining a healthy diet when pregnant helps to protect the mother and her developing baby from immediate and long-term risks. Good nutrition is most important immediately prior to conception and during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy (including the very early stages, when the woman is unaware she is pregnant). Importance of a healthy diet…

Bone Health: Keeping Your Skeleton Strong

When it comes to having better bone health, and protecting yourself against osteoporosis, women are unfortunately at a distinct disadvantage. While the effect of bone loss, or thinning bones, is a natural part of ageing, it is important to do your best to mitigate these factors through healthy diet, plenty of exercise and regular medical…

Combatting Child Malnutrition in South Africa

One of the biggest challenges facing the public health system in South Africa is malnutrition in young children. ¬†One in four children is stunted and many are deficient in vitamins and minerals essential to preventing disease and disability. Malnutrition is also a major contributing factor to child death. Combatting it will involve a systemic approach…

Childhood Obesity and Lifestyle Management

In South Africa, one of the primary nutrition issues facing the population is that of underweight children as a result of undernutrition. Successive national surveys have since shown a decrease in undernourishment in children. At the same time, however, the prevalence of chronic overnourishment is growing progressively. Childhood overnourishment is a complex disease, with a…