Monday, May 31, 2021
HI-Eisai Pharmaceutical Inc., a research-oriented pharmaceutical company committed to improving the health of all individuals, organized a free-for-all webinar on May 22 titled “Pabalik-balik na Sakit ng Likod at Kalamnan? Huwag Balewalain, Pag-usapan Natin!” wherein medical experts tackled the bits and pieces of acute and chronic pain concerns to increase awareness on the matter, especially under a pandemic lockdown.
Hosted by veteran television host and celebrity mom Suzi Entrata-Abrera, HI-Eisai gathered expert physicians from different fields who shared their professional advice.
Due to the pandemic lockdown, there is a decrease in mobility in the workforce in the Philippines as most companies shifted to working remotely for more than a year now. Aside from the struggle of finding the balance between work-life boundaries as we take our jobs at home, more people tend to experience muscle pain more usual than ever.
A decreased movement and an increased sitting time are common instances in a remote working setup. In line with this, HI-Eisai aims to provide guidance for all in accordance to their mission as a pharmaceutical company. Terms and explanations are also discussed in layman’s terms for better understanding of the topic.
To open the discussion, Dr. Godfrey Robeniol, a neurologist tackled the different kinds of muscle pain commonly experienced; muscle pain (muscle ache), muscle spasm (involuntary and excessive contraction of muscle), and muscle cramps (a kind of spasm that is more painful but doesn’t usually last longer than 15 minutes).
“These acute concerns may grow to a kind of chronic pain when not immediately acted upon or addressed by professionals. Seeking the doctor’s advice through teleconsultation when experiencing acute pain is strongly advised especially when it’s already been three to five days after self-medicating and there is no improvement,” the neurologist said.
Meanwhile, Dr. Romil Martinez, a rehabilitation medicine specialist, discussed the back pain red flags that indicate immediate attention as it may get worse when neglected.
The red flags are; (1) history of trauma, (2) urinary retention or loss of bowel control, (3) fever, night sweats, severe fatigue or unintended weight loss, (4) back pain lasting more than three months.
Weighing in the conversation is Dr. Marcelino Cadag, an orthopedic surgeon, who explained that most concerns can be diagnosed by physical examination to provide immediate action to the complaint.
“These muscle strains could root from activities like lifting too much weight, developing arthritis, and even slipped discs. The number one cause of lower back pain is muscle strain from sitting too long. We suggest that for every hour of sitting, stand up every five to 10 minutes,” Dr. Cadag said.
After consultation, when pain relievers and a change in habit didn’t work out to ease or improve the pain, Dr. Martinez suggested undergoing a physical therapy session. “We advise doing home exercises in the morning and before sleeping. It is good to undergo yoga or pilates, and acupunctures,” he said. “It’s definitely going to be a change in lifestyle.”
Dr. Martinez also explained how taking supplements are helpful especially when aging.
But when pain could no longer be cured through medication and therapy, surgery is the last option. Any kind of pain, however, is relatively easier to treat when still not severe.
Moreover, taking a balanced diet and being mindful of weight is also one way to prevent back and muscle pain concerns. This can be done through making exercise a habit and practicing good posture especially when sitting in work.
The 6 stretches for back pain relief: (1) Back Flexion Stretch, (2) Towel Hamstring stretch, (3) Piriformis muscle stretch, (4) Lateral Flexion Stretch, (5) Chair Hamstring Stretch, and (6) Kneeling Lunge Stretch
The 5 exercises for lower back pain: (1) Plank, (2) Back Arch, (3) Swimming, (4) Bird Dog, (5) Table and Child’s Poses
HI-Eisai, with its mission and vision to provide help for all, encourages immediate medical attention from experts to prevent worsening of various health concerns. When self-medicating, just three to five days of observation is enough –if no improvement is noticed, it is necessary to consult a physician.
May it be as simple as back pain, or other kinds of muscle pain, it is very important to seek medical help especially when experiencing any of the red flags stated above to avoid possible worsening of the condition.
For more information, the full webinar can be accessed through this link: https://fb.watch/5Ms8VX_5l4/
Wednesday, May 26, 2021
In 2020, the Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc (BAFI), a non-stock, non-profit foundation was the first to launch a new educational program called MIND S-COOL TV (MSC TV), amidst the pandemic. MSC TV found a new broadcast home in Cignal, which has the largest reach across the country in terms of subscribers.
MSC TV Season 1 dealt with the most fundamental questions about nature. When it aired in Cignal, the feedback has been so wonderful and highly encouraging as it showed that MSC TV was able to reach thousands of families from all walks of life across the country!
MIND S-COOL TV features “connected learning” – cutting across content in the sciences and the arts and relates concepts, framing it as genuine adventures to help us have an even better normal. They strongly resonate with lessons in the K-12 curriculum but even more, they are updated and delivered in ways using techniques that have been tried and tested in “inspired learning” which museums and performing centers work on and master, to deliver to its audiences.
For Season 2, with the wondrous space in The Mind Museum as the base, MSC T Season 2 also made full use of digitally enhanced graphics to reinforce the power of our minds to travel across time and places around the world!
Season 2 will focus on the only home we all share, nature and what it brings us – life, and how it relates to time, place, our genes, the built-up environment, and technology! For Season 2, we will of course be led by Mikee and Pecier, the 2 main questers of MSC TV, but it will have the entry of new characters that viewers will definitely love and be able to relate to, such as Manong Genius Guard or “Manong G”, as the questers fondly refer to him.
The Season 2 episodes features natural life and how they relate to our real-world settings, particularly two of the most fundamental issues of our time which the Philippines is at the center of: the climate crisis and biodiversity loss. Viewers will find themselves watching it with their families and learning together and most of all, being inspired to act because of what they have learned.
The power of “shared viewing” in Cignal, the largest cable network in the country, safely with your family, where learning is not just easily accessible but supported by other members of your family is a big gain for education not just in pandemic times but beyond. Like the favorite educational TV programs of your childhood that you watched with your families, MIND S-COOL promises the viewers the same lasting gift.
The Bonifacio Art Foundation Inc (BAFI), a non-stock, non-profit foundation, has always championed science and art in education, beginning with The Mind Museum that opened in 2012, and the BGC Arts Center in 2017. Carrying on with the same vision and determination, BAFI now brings you MIND S-COOL TV, to re-imagine learning for Filipino students to enrich and expand learning which every Filipino, especially the young, deserves.
BAFI was able to do this because of the support of partners and for Season 2, it had the support of Fluor, an engineering firm that strongly advocates for STEM education and who saw the power of “shared viewing on TV” in learning. Season 2 was also supported by 3M through Global Giving.
MIND S-COOL TV Season 2 will show up for the Filipino learner in Colours and One PH Channels on Cignal TV starting June 5:
SATURDAYS 9:00 a.m. | Colours TV Ch. 202 HD and 60 SD
SUNDAYS, 11:00 a.m. | One PH Ch. 1
Streaming for FREE on Cignal Play
Watch Season 1 on Mind S-Cool YouTube <bit.ly/MindSCoolyoutube>
Season 2 will be uploaded week after airing new episodes on Cignal.
MIND S-COOL TV Season 2 is made possible by Global Giving, 3M, and Fluor, and supported by NutriAsia
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Friday, May 21, 2021
Project Karinderya Sparks New Hope for Karinderya Owners Helps Feed Vulnerable Families during the Pandemic
Helping Address Hunger. Through Project Karinderya, civil society and private sector organizations banded together to make food immediately available to an increasing number of families who suffer hunger because of the lockdown, while helping karinderyas to survive and recover their source of income.
Agnes Gabatbat cooks for a living. She has been operating a karinderya in Batasan, Quezon City for six years now. Her husband lost his job because of the pandemic, and the family of 12 had to rely on Agnes and her karinderya for their daily needs.
With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the world, social distancing measures and travel restrictions have been implemented to minimize contact between people. This, in effect, has opened doors for wider remote opportunities where companies from across the globe are hiring candidates outside their vicinity to continue its operations.
While remote work allows hirers to efficiently expand their global workforce, it also allows candidates to land overseas jobs from the comfort of their home. All over the world, openness to remote work is on the rise, with 57% saying they are willing to work remotely, based on the recent Decoding Global Talent Survey released by leading online job portal JobStreet. Locally, the study reveals that 49% of Filipinos are willing to work for a remote employer and position.
JobStreet sees the rapid emergence of global remote jobs due to the pandemic, and here are the top 5 reasons why jobseekers should consider applying for these positions.
Wider scope of opportunities
One of the benefits of working remotely is having access to a much wider range of job opportunities that aren’t limited by geographic location. Applying for remote work is more convenient than physical jobs, with less requirements and restrictions.
Job applications are mostly conducted online now, so candidates can apply to as many opportunities they can find on job boards for more chances of landing a job.
More work independence
Working from home can provide autonomy and independence in your job that might be absent in a physical workplace. This will give you the freedom to plan out a schedule that will best suit your needs. Being able to step away from your work when you feel like you need a break can help you stay motivated and reduce burn-out.
Your employee satisfaction may be higher because of the flexibility in performing your jobs. Not only do you have the ability to make decisions independently, you're also able to work with ease. This can have a direct influence on your overall job satisfaction.
With remote jobs mainly based at home, it has been proven to help workers save more money as they spend less on commutes, lunch out, coffee, gas, and clothes for their office wardrobe. It allows employees to make the best out of their hard-earned salaries and allocate more on emergency fund or personal savings.
Design your workspace any way you wish
Being able to create your own comfortable workspace is an excellent benefit of remote work. You can set up your home office and design it however you want. Let your personality shine in your own workspace, arranging it in a way that best suits your needs. Getting inspiration from your physical environment can help you increase efficiency.
Productivity & better work-life balance
Many remote jobs also come with flexible schedules, which means that workers can start and end their day as they choose, as long as their work is complete. This control over your work schedule can be invaluable when it comes to attending to the needs of your personal life. Those extra few hours per week can be spent with friends and family, enjoying hobbies, exercising, or even pursuing a sideline business; in other words, it creates better work-life balance and increases overall productivity.
Discover more global remote opportunities via jobstreet.com.ph.
JobStreet is a leading online job board presently covering the employment markets in Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam. JobStreet currently services over 230,000 corporate hirers and over 15 million jobseekers in its database.
Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Do you like to earn and beautify yourself at the same time? Like an award-winning actress Gladys Reyes is a part of a growing industry of mompreneurs — mothers who have successfully balanced family life with running a business.
Gladys, together with her husband and fellow actor Christopher Sommereux, run a food and catering business. The 36-year acting veteran is also currently conducting a workshop for aspiring actors.
Most recently, she was tapped by Orabella to host an online press conference for members of the media and the blogging community that featured Arabella del Rosario, Orabella’s skincare brand ambassador; Anne Acuña, Orabella Marketing Manager; and Aina Tejada, Orabella distributor.
Orabella is a skincare and direct selling business that promotes beautiful skin while providing earning opportunities to Filipinos.
During the said event, Gladys shared her insights and tips on how to become a successful mompreneur.
· Study the business you are entering. “Mas maganda kung ang papasukin mong negosyo ay passion mo (It would be better if you are passionate about the business that you are getting into),” she advised. Additionally, you should study the ins and outs of the business and be knowledgeable about the products and services you are offering. Learn more about its marketing, sales, accounting, and customer service aspects as well.
· It takes guts to start a business. “Hindi pwede sa negosyo na konting failure, susuko na agad (It’s a no-no in business to easily give up when you experience failure),” Gladys advised. As a mompreneur, don’t let obstacles overwhelm. Remember that challengers come with running a business.
· Set realistic goals and timetables. “Sa ano mang gawain, dapat magkaroon ng specific objectives (In whatever you do, it is important to have specific objectives),” Gladys said. If you're into sales, set a sales target every month. It is also advisable to have a time frame for your return on investment.
· Find people who will support you. Having a support system is important. During times when you feel down and discouraged, they are the ones who will help lift you up. Your support system can be your husband, friend, or neighbor, as long as they are someone you can trust.
· Believe in yourself and use what you’ve learned in being a mom in running your business. Being a mom is a good preparation for running a business, according to Gladys, as mothers will do everything to give their children a good future.
In the same press conference, Orabella user-turned-reseller and distributor Tejada shared her experience in becoming an entrepreneur.
“Nagsimula po ako sa pagiging user ng Orabella. Nagustuhan ko ‘yung products, kaya naging reseller ako. Sa una po mahirap kasi nagpapakilala pa lang po si Orabella. Pero nung marami na pong nag-try at nagkaroon ng good feedback na nagandahan sila, dumami po ‘yung mga orders ko at na-meet ko po ‘yung pagiging distributor (I started as a user of Orabella. I really liked their products, so I became a reseller. I found selling difficult at first because Orabella was just being introduced that time. But when a lot of people tried it and had very good feedback, I had a lot of orders that I was able to meet the requirements of being a distributor,” she said.
Being an Orabella reseller or distributor is easy, according to Acuña. Their membership package retails at only P599, which includes 2 sets of products for selling, a paper bag, and a door banner where you can place your contact details.
The event also served as a venue for Orabella to introduce its latest whitening line. Together with its brand ambassador Del Rosario, the company unveiled its NanoCare Body whitening range. It includes a whitening soap, white feminine wash, whitening hand and body lotion, whitening toning gel, and a whitening deodorant--all made using Orabella's NanoCare technology
“When you’re using products with NanoCare particles, it really penetrates your skin. It protects it, instantly whitens, and moisturizes,” Acuña said.
She pointed out that “whitening” for Orabella means making your skin glow to its full potential. All Orabella products are also gentle and are safe to be used by pregnant women and teenagers who are starting to experience skin problems.
To learn more about Orabella’s latest products and promotions, visit their official social media accounts. Orabella products are available through its distributors and stores on Shopee and Lazada. Type in Orabella Direct Selling, Inc. to search for it on Lazada. Type Orabella PH to search for it on Shopee.
You can also visit orabella.com.ph for more information on how you can be part of its direct selling business.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
To help more Filipinos improve their overall health through better gum care, Gumtect is inviting Filipinos to tune in to “Gumtalk with Gumtect” web show happening on May 20, 4:00 PM at Gumtect’s Facebook page, facebook.com/Gumtect.
Our lifestyles may have changed drastically during the pandemic, especially as lockdowns continue to be enforced in many cities. As we are asked to stay at home to help fight the spread of the virus, we also have to deal with various situations like working and studying from home. Visits to the dentist and caring for our oral health can sometimes be neglected in the midst of these challenges.
But taking care of our teeth and gums is not only essential to maintaining a healthy mouth; good oral care is also closely linked to our overall health.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), oral health is a key indicator of overall health, well-being and quality of life. They further shared that most oral diseases share some risk factors with conditions like cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, among others.
These risk factors include tobacco use, alcohol consumption and unhealthy diets high in sugar, all of which are increasing at the global level. For example, it is reported that diabetes is linked with the development and progression of periodontitis (a severe gum infection that can lead to tooth loss and other serious complications). There is also a link between high consumption of sugars and the development of dental caries, diabetes and obesity.
As oral healthcare advocates for Gumtect, celebrity couple Doug and Chesca Kramer wants to remind Filipinos that good teeth and gum care remain a must during this pandemic.
“Being under quarantine, working and studying from home, I understand that it’s a frustrating situation for all of us. So, we may all have indulged a bit more in stress eating, snacking on sweets and coffee. I also have a sweet tooth so I can relate to this, but we always need to remember to practice good oral hygiene because neglecting this can lead to more serious health problems,” shared Doug.
Doug advocates oral care with the use of Gumtect Gum Care toothpaste, which works to promote healthy gums, helps protect against harmful mouth bacteria, and helps to moisturize and strengthen the gums. Gumtect Gum Care is the only gum care toothpaste with GUMSHIELD+ which contains Allantoin to improve the condition of gums, Vitamin E, which moisturizes gums, and Triclean, which helps to reduce the formation of plaque and shields against harmful mouth bacteria.
As a mom, Chesca Kramer agreed that it is important for her to continue to help her kids build good oral care habits. As someone who has sensitive teeth, she also needs to take care of her gums, so she doesn’t suffer from pangingilo. She recommends using Gumtect Sensitive toothpaste and Gumtect Sensitive mouthwash which have the Dynamic Desensitizing System to help relieve tooth sensitivity.
Both Gumtect Sensitive and Gumtect Gum Care also have Active Anti-Cavity Protection that helps to ensures fresh breath and strong teeth enamel. This proudly Pinoy brand is also professionally accepted by the Philippine Dental Association.
Catch up with Team Kramer and oral care expert Dr. JV Jaurigue and find out more about gum health at “Gumtalk with Gumtect” coming this May! Fun games and giveaways also await listeners during the program.
To learn more about the importance of overall gum health and how to live your life to the fullest, check out and follow www.facebook.com/Gumtect.
Whether they’re breastfeeding for the first time, or practiced this intimate form of bonding with baby before, mothers can always count on Moringa oleifera (that’s malunggay, to Filipinos) to provide them and their little one with essential nutrients key to optimum health.
“This hardy plant
native to tropical and subtropical regions is a galactagogue,” says Dr. Eca Lorenzo, internal medicine
specialist and functional medicine practitioner. “That’s the term used to
Moringa also largely boasts a higher content of vitamins and minerals typically associated with more popular foods. On a gram-per-gram basis of its dried leaves, its has 10 times the vitamin A of carrots, 1/2 the vitamin C of oranges, 17 times the calcium of milk, 15 times the potassium of bananas, 25 times the iron of spinach, and 9 times the protein of yogurt.
But moringa isn’t called “mother’s best friend” for nothing. This humble leafy green is a veritable superfood, packed with over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, and a slew of amino acids potent enough to help address a mind-blowing 300 diseases. “This makes it a vital veggie for women not just while they’re lactating, but in other milestones of motherhood,” says Dr. Lorenzo.
Are you pregnant? Teeming with more iron than spinach, moringa “can meet the daily iron requirements of pregnant women,” says Dr. Lorenzo. The superfood’s generous supply of vitamins and minerals also covers the daily nutritional needs of those trying to conceive or already on the family way.
Are you a working mom? Then you know that juggling a demanding career with the needs of the
household requires a resilient constitution. “Stay healthy for you and your
family by exercising regularly, getting at least eight hours of sleep, and
eating a balanced diet,” says Dr. Lorenzo. “Moringa’s
vitamin C strengthens your immune system, its amino acids Isoleucine and
Leucine boost energy levels, and its phytochemicals
Are you past your childbearing years? Menopause signals a decrease in the production of estrogen and progesterone, hormones responsible for a woman’s fertility. “But a decline in the production of these hormones also increases your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis,” says Dr. Lorenzo. “And with your metabolism slowing down, you’ll notice some weight gain, too.” Look out as well for other common signs of menopause, like mood swings, fatigue, and a lack of focus.
This is where moringa can help. “Calcium and
antioxidants protect the heart, which becomes vulnerable to disease once a
Credible supplement. Safe to consume daily, moringa, particularly its leaves, can be savored in soups (think a hearty bowl of tinola or suam na mais), dishes like ginataang malunggay, and even on bread like malunggay pandesal.
Moringa can also be taken in convenient capsule form, and of the many in the market today, Sekaya Organic Moringa ticks all the boxes of a credible supplement. Made with 100 percent locally sourced pure and organic moringa oleifera, this EU-certified food supplement passed stringent testing in pharma-grade facilities to ensure its safety and superior quality. Take 1 to 3 capsules daily, or as advised by your healthcare professional to reap its full health benefits.
“Motherhood, for all its joys and fulfillment, is a never-ending job even as your children grow up,” acknowledges Dr. Lorenzo. “Relish every stage of this rewarding experience by staying healthy and strong for you and your family.”
Sekaya Food Supplements Organic Moringa is available in Babymama, BioBalance, The Diabetes Store, The Allganic Store, WeNourish.ph, Orange and Peach, and in Lazada or Shopee under the S Sentials Store. You may also order through the Synnovate Flagship Store in Lazada, or by messaging via Facebook or Instagram, and SMS or Viber at 0917-5SEKAYA (735292).
Sekaya is a Filipino plant-based brand that provides natural, science-backed products to support your health goals and daily wellness. Sekaya is under Synnovate Pharma Corporation, the natural products company of UNILAB. Learn more about how you can benefit from Sekaya’s plant-based solutions, and get health tips and information at https://www.sekaya.com.ph/ and by following @sekayaph on Facebook and Instagram.
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