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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

SJF Holds Maiden Interactive Health Session For Journalists

SJF Holds Maiden Interactive Health Session For Journalist

While sports journalists in the country are preoccupied with the latest transfer news, who is scoring and who is not; among many other things, recent occurrences have shown that most people in the profession pay less attention to their health.

It is in this light that the Sports Journalists Forum (SJF) decided to blaze the trail with an interactive health session with a seasoned medical professional who reiterated the importance of living and staying healthy.

The SJF WhatsApp forum has a conglomeration of the best brains in sports journalism in Nigeria which serves as a strategic industry communications networking platform created by ace journalist, Godwin Enakhena.

Dr George Uchendu, a Medical Doctor with interests in Sports & Sports Medicine was the special guest on the SJF WhatsApp platform during the maiden health session and he opened the eyes of many to varying issues bordering on healthy living.

Dr Uchendu submitted that health should be more of preventive than curative hence there is the need to be deliberate in eating habits, personal hygiene and all-round well living.

“Our health is very important because to deliver the right content and message to the populace, we ourselves have to be in a state that is I'd say 'healthy enough’” The health practitioner who also doubles as a Master of Ceremony noted.

The doctor shed light on High Blood Pressure, Hypertension and Diabetes; three diseases now rampant in the society majorly due to the carefree attitudes of many.

He said: “A lot of us (Sports journalists) despite being active stakeholders in a sector that promotes physical activity rarely exercise.

“We also eat a lot of junk cos we're highly mobile, lots of processed foods and these lead to an accumulation of cholesterol.”

While admitting the peculiarity of the sports journalism profession, Dr Uchendu harped on the need for regular testing by all for early detection of any ailment in the body system

“For the kind of work we do-a fast-paced job, you need to know your BP (Blood Pressure levels so you know when to slow down

“So, please I'd advise, walk into a pharmacy or a hospital first thing tomorrow and check your BP.

“Your BP level, that simple number, can tell us to a large extent what's going on inside your body.” He said

The doctor enjoined all to try to live healthy, eat healthily and stay healthy.

He said “You have a great future and family that you want to see grow and achieve great things. Don't take that future away from them because of today's lifestyle.”

Mr Enakhena expressed satisfaction at the maiden health interactive session and hinted more innovation are being worked on to help individuals on the SJF and journalists as a whole.

Monday, July 20, 2020

Super Eagles job will be too good to reject if given an opportunity.

Albanian League Winning Coach Emmanuel Ndubuisi Egbo says the Super Eagles job will be too good to reject if he gets an opportunity.

The tactician recently became the first Nigerian coach to win a European League title after leading FK Tirana to the Albanian League title.

In an interview with NSM Rebranded today, he was asked if he would oblige should he be called upon to assist Gernot Rohr, but coach Egbo threw his weight behind Joseph Yobo but reveals he will be willing to offer Nigeria his best if the Nigeria Football Federation comes calling.

"For the moment, Joseph Yobo is there, he should be given the opportunity to try his best because he has been there has a player and has much experience and has a lot of things to offer but anytime I'm called upon to come and help my country why not! It's a privilege and an honor to showcase what you can offer at the level"

Egbo featured 12 times for the Super Eagles as a goalkeeper

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Ministry Submits COVID-19 Sports Code Protocol to PTF, National Assembly.

The Ministry of Youth and Sports Development is will likely tomorrow submit the covid 19 sports code protocol to the covid 19 presidential Task force and the National Assembly leadership towards a slight easing up of individual sporting activities and non contact sport.

 A top source from the ministry disclosed that the Ministry spent the last 5 weeks working on the code which borrowed heavily from similar sporting codes from EPL, Laliga, world Athletics, and other sporting regimes.

The ministry also applied some aspects of the code developed by the committee on the EDO 2020 sports festival.

The department of federations prepared the initial draft and circulated to all sporting federations for their input. After a careful review a final document that has been bench marked and that also takes into cognizance Nigeria’s peculiar health situation, will be drafted.

The code has two special sections devoted to football protocols and non contact sport protocol. It will for sure recommend football with no spectators and compulsory testing for players who must camp 3 days before any game.

The ministry is also expected to make a case for the return of some non contact sports like tennis, swimming and others under very strict covid-19 protocol.

The document makes a strong case about the linkage of health and sports and will pave the way for the gradual return of sporting activities if approved.

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