I read this new report from Kuwait Environment Public Authority (K-EPA) that Kuwait consumes over 6.5 Billion plastic bags per year, that’s like 179,000 bag per day! I think the Co-op’s hold the major responsibility for the abuse of these plastic bags that can harm not only the environment but also our health, I wonder if there’s an alternative, maybe a bio-degradable bags or recycled ones? at least they must be environment friendly.
I recall when ever I’m in Europe, I rarely see super markets providing bags and they even charge for them, this encourages people to re-use them instead dumping them and use new ones everytime they go for grocery.
I saw that Landmark Group pitched a tent nearby Sultan Center seaside in preparation for walkathon to help spread awareness about diabetes and its causes amongst the Kuwaiti community. They said they will offer participants free tests for diabetes, blood pressure, and cholesterol. The walkathon will begin from the Yachts Club to the Green Island, I’m considering to join them.
Flu season is here, somehow I always got away without actually getting flu or it’s symptoms, thanks to vitamins and healthy diet, but this time guess I wasn’t lucky enough since one of my co-workers who happen to share the same office with me was sneezing all day and I tried everything I could to convince him to take a sick leave but yet to no avail. Now back to flu, I’m now experiencing all the symptoms except fever (thankfully), so a friend suggested that I take a flu shot that can keep the flu away throughout the year, it’s an annual vaccination given to protect against the highly variable influenza virus.
I liked the idea, not having to suffer from annoying flu is cool but I’m always hesitated when it comes to treatments, I heard Dr. Ahmad Al Khateeb clinic give it for probably KD5 or something. So anyone tried it before? More importantly, is it safe?
I saw this CNN reportage on obesity in Kuwait, currently Kuwait is considered the 2nd fattest country worldwide after U.S, the report states that about 70% of Kuwaiti Men are over weight and things are even worse with Women, and that with this increasing rate in obesity Kuwait will soon be the 1st with flying colors. Personally I’ve to keep my eye on my weight since I’m having more and more cheat days lately.
Take a look at picture above, do you notice any oddity? Still don’t get it? Well here’s the short story, I was having dinner with friends at The Village in Abu Hassaniya and we choose to sit in the No Smoking section and before we even started enjoying our food I saw folks sitting right next to us heavily smoking not caring in the world with ashtrays provided to them.
I saw the same in StarBucks Cafe at the Avenues and many other cafe’s and restaurants and I just don’t get it, why ban smoking in first place then encourage smoking by providing smokers ashtrays? It just doesn’t make any sense.
I heard on the Radio Kuwait in the morning that Kuwait has just issued a law to ban selling energy drinks for youths aged 16 and below and signs will be placed in supermarkets and grocery shops because many studies found that energy drinks may be dangerous to health.
Personally I’m not into energy drinks and I do have my doubts regarding their safety, I’m observing that many energry drinks are popping up every now and then and more people are consuming them. Again, I agree with the idea of this law but the issue here is the practicality, will grocery shops or say supermarkets abide by such law? I know for sure that many kids can buy packet of cigarettes with no issues what so ever.
I read on the paper that Kuwait has opened a public mental health clinic in each area to provide psychological consultancy and help for anyone who needs it. It’s good to know that stigma associated with mental illnesses in Kuwait is reducing, anyone can go through extreme emotional traumas where he/she needs help from a specialist to re-gain stability, life can be really tough and stressful sometimes.
Sadly, this was not the case in Kuwait, most were scared to ask for help lest of being accused of “madness” and prefer to suffer in silence, some even prefer to be treated as “being haunted” to escape the stigma. I hope that even major companies start to provide mental health support for their employees.
I was in Sharq a while ago and saw that Al Hamra Tower lights were all pink, then it hit me! It’s October, and it’s the time of year when pink pops up everywhere in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. I’m glad to see that Al Hamra Tower management has taken such a simple-yet-humane initiative to show their support. What I did is shot a small video that I wish to share with you all to raise the awareness level to help millions of ladies out there.
The message we would like to convey “Please even if you are living healthy without any symptoms, get checked regularly and advise others to do the same”.
Ever wondered how long it takes to burn a typical fast meal? Myself and a friend did a kinda funny yet useful little experiment, my friend (test subject] ordered KFC Zinger Supreme meal along with french fries and regular coke. Typically KFC Zinger Supreme has about 685 Calories, Coke 200 Calories, and french fries 300 (so total is 1185 Calories).
We used Nike Fuel Band to measure calories before consuming the meal (His meal not mine) and after. The reading before was 257 calories and after finishing “finger lickin’ good” we got these results:
5 minutes later: 262 Calories burned
15 minutes later: 292 Calories burned
30 minutes later: 378 Calories burned
1 hour later: 480 Calories burned
2 hours later: 657 Calories burned
After two hours of regular activity the total burned Calories were 400 out of 1185, so I guess it would take him another 5 to 6 hours to burn the whole meal, unless of course he hits the gym or simply start running.
Note: All numbers above are approximate, burning process differs from one person to another, also increases with more activity.
I read on Al Qabas paper today that Kuwait is about to ban fast food restaurants from serving soft-drinks to kids, they say the ban will start in a few days. Their reasoning is that studies found that soft drinks can be very detrimental to health of young individuals. I also should control my soft-drinks consumption, especially diet Cola and Pepsi.
This could be usful but I think it’s impractical, what do you think?
There are three abundant things in Kuwait; food, exhibitions, and blogs. Though 90% of the expos are either food or fashion related, but the good news is that this is about to change, I heard that they will organize the first health, fitness, and weight loss expo in Kuwait, finally! As I understood the expo will have health clubs, fitness machines and equipment, diet food companies, sportswear dealers, even Dasman Diabetes Institute will be participating.
There will also be sport shows, championships, and workshops such as Mixed Martial Arts, Parkour, Aerobics sessions, Yogo, Nutrition tips, Tae Kwon do. I’ll try my best to visit this expo and provide coverage for our readers, I’d like to see more similar expos in Kuwait.