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Healthy snacks to eat at your work desk

Healthy Snack

Most of us love the occasional snack while sitting at our desks at work. But for those of you whose jobs involve little movement, sugary and salty food always are the quick way out and easiest to snack on.

Most of us will automatically reach for a chocolate, doughnuts, or a bag of chips. In the interest of your health, rather reach for sweet potato stuffed with tuna which has a great balance of protein, nutrients and fat.

Whatever you decide to snack on, try make sure that it is a good healthy meal filled with adequate proteins, fats and fiber. The ideal snack should not exceed 200 calories. Remember that not all snack will contain a combinations of all, but try choose a snack that fits in with the rest of your daily diet.

Most of all, stay clear of those snack that will give you a sugar rush like chocolate, doughnuts, or cookies. All that these types of food do is increase your insulin output and instruct your kidneys to hold onto sodium. These type of food will give a short-term boost but after a few hours you will come crashing down. You are far better off with a well-balanced mini snack and keep your blood sugar level steady and improve your overall health and nutrition.

Here are some good, well-balanced nutritious snacks to eat when that hunger craving hits you:

  • Almonds
  • Baked sweet potato with tuna
  • Banana
  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe and pineapple chunks
  • Celery and carrot with hummus
  • Clementines
  • Cucumber with low fat cheese
  • Dried apples
  • Dried mango
  • Edamame bean
  • Granola Bar
  • Greek yogurt
  • Half an avocado
  • Hard-Boiled Egg
  • Hot tea
  • Olives
  • Organic Pretzels
  • Organic string cheese
  • Peanut butter and apple
  • Pomegranate Seeds
  • Popcorn
  • Raisins
  • Raw broccoli with hummus
  • Raw sliced peppers with hummus
  • Rice Cake with almond butter
  • Roasted Unsalted Pistachios
  • Tomato slices with buffalo cheese and olive oil
  • Trail mix
  • Wasabi Peas
  • Whole Wheat Dry Cereal

Integrated School Health Programme provides learners access to healthcare

President Jacob Zuma unveiled the Integrated School Health Programme (ISHP) with the purpose of ensuring that pupils have access to primary health care services.

Presented under the concept, ‘Taking responsibility for our learners’ health and wellbeing’, the programme  ensures that obstacles to successful learning is going to be something of the past.

A large number of young boys and girls have to deal with difficulties to optimal health and development as a consequence of the HIV and Aids epidemic, violence along with injuries and non-communicable diseases.

In accordance with the Presidency, enhancing of school health services via the ISHP can be described as an essential component of the primary health care restructuring strategy within the Department of Health and the Care and Support for Teaching and Learning (CSTL) Programme within the Department of Basic Education.

The Department of Social Development is going to be in charge of providing assistance to learners to gain access to services, especially where financial barriers prevent accessing services. In addition to providing transportation to health facilities wherever necessary.

The ISHP will provide products and services which includes:

  •  eyesight, hearing and oral hygiene;
  •  immunisation (for foundation and intermediate phases);
  •  deworming (for foundation and intermediate phases);
  •  treatment of minor ailments, particularly skin conditions (all phases);
  •  therapy for sexual and reproductive health problems and provide  services by way of mobile health units
  •  preventing drug and alcohol use and abuse.

The ISHP additionally is designed to separately evaluate each and every student once in the course of each one of the four educational phases. Supplemental personal evaluations are going to be provided to all learners who happen to be repeating grades, at the request of an educator and / or parent or even the learner him/herself.

The Presidency revealed that the assessment during the foundation phase will focus primarily on identifying health barriers to learning, as well as identifying children who have or are at risk for long-term health, psychological or any other issues.

“Although the ISHP initially targets the most disadvantaged schools, the plan is that it eventually reaches all learners,” said the Presidency.

The National Health Insurance  is geared towards accomplishing universal coverage of health services in a  cost-effective and equitable way for all South Africans in a fashion that will guarantee quality of health care in the public service.

Source:  SAnews.gov.za


Focus is on provincial education HR management

The Council of Education Ministers affirms that there is an urgent need to scrutinize precisely how human resource management is carried out in provincial education departments to improve accountability among principals and schools.

During a special meeting organised last week, which was attended by Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, the council have agreed to the fact that there was an immediate need to scrutinize precisely how human resource management is carried out in provincial education departments to make certain that the curriculum is adequately covered to boost and improve the quality of education.

At the same time, it was agreed that the PERSAL system will be cleaned up to verify exactly who was employed by the Department of Basic Education, where these individuals are located and exactly what subjects they provide. This certainly will at the same time enhance initiatives to improve record keeping.

The council additionally affirmed its support of improved teacher accountability by way of teacher attendance, learner attendance, and class period control registers, in conjunction with continuous monitoring to be able to assist schools in the use of these accountability instruments.

Relating to the issue of human resources, the council concluded that provincial heads of department need to carry out an audit of learner and teacher numbers and finalise teacher profiles for departments in order to effectively make use of teachers within the system.

The council noted the Integrated School Health Programme, whose primary objective is health screening. The programme is going to be multi-departmental and rolled out in every school in order to do away with major health barriers to learning. The progressive implementation of the programme is going to be carried out in collaboration with the Department of Health, Social Development and National Treasury, the council mentioned.

Source: BuaNews


South Africa to host One Young World 2013


Following several months of toil Johannesburg has bagged the global One Young World Youth Summit in 2013..

The city was shortlisted as a contender for the role of host along with Pittsburgh in the US, but both locations came up trumps. Pittsburgh is going to host the 2012 conference and Johannesburg is going to take the reins in 2013.

“We’re thrilled, delighted and ecstatic,” expressed the CEO of the Johannesburg Tourism Company (JTC), Lindiwe Kwele, who attended the final event of the 2011 summit in Zurich when the announcement was made.

The JTC was responsible for presenting Johannesburg’s bid. “JTC’s conference and events bureau team has devoted a great deal of effort bidding for One Young World, and we are extremely excited to be bringing this high profile event to Joburg in two years’ time,” said Kwele.



Young leaders getting together

One Young World is a platform for today’s young leaders, with the main objective of connecting the smartest young thinkers with those in power, as a consequence making certain that their concerns and opinions are given serious attention.

Global leaders in a variety of fields, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, musician Bob Geldof and former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan support the summit and act as counsellors to delegates. Tutu was a speaker at this year’s event, as was British chef Jamie Oliver.



The inaugral summit was held in London in 2010, when 823 delegates from 112 countries joined together to debate the concerns facing young people of today. Zurich hosted this year’s conference from 1 to 4 September, with approximately 1 200 delegates from 170 countries.

“Clinching the event for Johannesburg and Africa is extremely significant on so many levels,” Kwele said.

“Africa is considered the continent containing the most significant proportion of youth (20%) – as a demographic component of the population – and it would be significant to host this event on a continent which numerous young adults call home and that provides so many opportunities and challenges.”



Addressing contemprary issues

At the first conference six resolutions were tabled as the most pressing contemporary issues. These were, and remain:

  •  Political leaders to make clear their stances on humanitarian issues;
  •  Global business to define and act on their role in the fight against poverty;
  •  Leaders and followers of all faiths to commit to delivering peace among all nations, races and creeds;
  •  Media to use its influence to help protect truth and personal freedom;
  •  Governments to take more legislative action to guarantee that carbon emissions reduction targets are agreed on and met by 2020; and
  •  Businesses, governments and civil society to work together to prioritise health care and nutrition.

“What One Young World really is, is a remarkable network of remarkable shared accountability, a scarce and completely unique platform to interact with the world’s youth about what matters now, and what will matter the most, tomorrow,” said Catherine Peter, the Africa director of One Young World.



The chance to host the summit in Johannesburg would present the platform to share ideas on the value of developing young adults into future leaders, learning from both developing and developed countries, Kwele said.

On the announcement of the winners, One Young World co-founder David Jones, an advertising guru, said: “We received amazing bids from superb cities and Johannesburg is a true global icon, a city that has shown it can handle world events with style and exuberance.

“We are thrilled that the city will be our host for the One Young World summit 2013.”

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Source: mediaclubsouthafrica.com


SA economy set to improve

South Africa’s economy has been forecasted to grow somewhere between 3.5 and 3.8 percent this year, up from -7.1 and 2.8 percent over the last two years respectively.

The Financial and Fiscal Commission disclosed this on Monday, suggesting the fact that growth confirmed the economy was healing from the recession.

In spite of the optimistic picture, a great deal still is required to be accomplished as unemployment, poverty, inequality and low growth continued, it stated.

The commission tabled before Parliament its unbiased and professional recommendation for 2012 and 2013.

Responding to the media, the commission’s Deputy Chair Bongani Khumalo stated that it was up to Parliament to implement their recommendations. Khumalo revealed that in spite of the provision of social grants, poverty continued to be high among “black and female-headed households.”

Sub standard educational and health outcomes are in the same manner skewed against the poor, he explained, adding that “distorted settlement patterns” meant those same people happen to be located out of towns as well as in rural areas.


He explained that although government had made steps in accomplishing its social goals, it ought to focus on challenges of inequality, poor educational attainment and child maternal mortality.

Looking into the future, Khumalo said, the critical concern for the country would be to “strike an equilibrium around inclusive growth and job creation along with fiscal sustainability and low inflation.”

He emphasised that national, provincial and local government will need to “further prioritise expenditures with respect to equitable share and conditional grants for 2012/13, in order to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).”

He advised government to prioritise the achievement of universal education and propel the fight against HIV and Aids.

In dealing with local government concerns, Khumalo said the commission thought that “sustainable development is anchored in a well-functioning local government sector and lively urban economies specifically.”

He explained national and provincial treasuries’ attempts to enhance the credibility of municipal budgets as a result of annual benchmarking will need to continue to be supported combined with results made public.

Furthermore, government need to “develop and support peer learning and support programmes that will help poorly performing municipalities.”

He suggested that increases in education spending ought to be redirected towards “investments designed to have the most significant influence on quality.” That, he said, involved learner and teacher support material and scholar transport.

Source: BuaNews