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Department of Health - Health Promotion Branch Dietitian: Yeung Wing Ka
November 14 is World Diabetes Day. Diabetes increases your risk for many serious health problems, including heart diseases, kidney diseases, skin and eye complications. The good news is, diabetes can be prevented by simple lifestyle changes. The following are some easy dietary tips that we can incorporate into our daily routine.   When doing grocery shopping Select healthier food choices:
  • Choose: leaner cut of mea...

    November 20, 2021
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aaaEvery day, more than 2,000 patients suffering from end-stage organ failure in Hong Kong are waiting for organ transplants (Table 1).  While many of us would like to support organ donation by registering our wish to donate organs after death, some may hesitate because of their own age or health status.  In fact, supporting organ donation is an act of benevolence that everyone, irrespective of his or her age, background, and health status, can carry out in order to rekindle the lives of those in need.   Some elderly people incorrect...

November 12, 2021
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Jaerey Velasco, a Filipina lawyer qualified in Hong Kong, leads the family and matrimonial law practice at Payne Clermont Velasco. Jaerey is experienced in a wide range of family law matters, both contentious and non-contentious, often with an international element.
September 21, 2021
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May Yeung, Dietitian, Health Promotion Branch, Department of Health
During this COVID-19 pandemic, many people are seeking ways to boost our immunity in order to fight against and preventing infections. Actually a well-balanced diet consisting of plenty of fruits and vegetables is something simple and achievable during our routine to maintain a good immune system. Let’s take a quick look at which nutrients are essential to our immune system, and where can we find from our diet.   Vitamin C Vitamin C is probably ...

August 10, 2021
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This article was contributed by the Department of Health.
In the hot summer, our body usually sweats more to regulate the body temperature in order to prevent heat stroke. Young children may feel thirsty more often especially doing outdoor activities. Remember to provide them with adequate fluid to replenish water loss. Young children should drink at least 4 to 5 glasses (1 glass = 240mL) of fluid every day. What are healthy drinks for young children?

Water is always the best drink

Water is the best choice as it has zero su...

August 6, 2021

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This article was contributed by the Department of Health.
Under very hot weather in the summer days, members of the public, particularly those undertaking outdoor activities, should take necessary measures to prevent heatstroke and sunburn. The public should carry and drink plenty of water against dehydration while engaging in outdoor activities. Those who would be engaged in strenuous outdoor activities should avoid beverages containing caffeine, such as coffee and tea, as well as alcohol, as they speed up water loss from the body...

July 6, 2021
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This article was contributed by Former Philippine Labor Attaché in Hong Kong, Jalilo dela Torre.
Diaspora originally meant the dispersion of Jews around the world after the Babylonian and Roman conquests, but in modern times, diaspora has come to signify any ethnic group who are dispersed outside its homeland for economic migration or due to political persecution. In the context of Philippine migration, the word diaspora indicates the journey of Filipinos from the Philippines to seek greener pastures everywhere they find it outsi...

June 21, 2021
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This article was contributed by trabahoto.
Adelina R. Mata could not believe her luck. Terminated from her domestic work duties effective June 25 this year because her employer is relocating to the United Kingdom, the 37-year old teacher-turned-domestic worker easily—and very quickly—found a new job last May 15, a mere three days after she downloaded in her mobile phone Hong Kong latest mobile app craze, the trabahoto app. “Hindi talaga ako makapaniwala [I really could not believe it],” Mata said during a virtua...

June 11, 2021
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This article was contributed by the Department of Health.
Vectors are small organisms such as mosquitoes, mites, and ticks that can carry disease from one infected person (or animal) to another person and from place to place. The diseases caused by these vectors are called vector-borne diseases. In Hong Kong, there are several important vector-borne diseases, for example, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis, malaria, scrub typhus, and spotted fever. Most dengue fever and malaria cases recorded are imported from endemic countries vi...

June 11, 2021
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This article is contributed by the Department of Health.

Does "helping others" promote one's own mental health?

“Doing favours for others” is common in our society.  In fact, a large-scale academic study has found that people who either donate for public welfare affairs or help others generally have better life satisfaction. This holds true in more than one hundred countries with different levels of economic status (e.g. Canada, India, South Africa, and Uganda).  Research also shows that...

May 17, 2021