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Those who need to gain weight should focus on consuming foods and beverages that are both higher in calories and nutrients. Shirzad Chunara

With all the attention on the problems of overweight and obesity, it is easy to forget that there are many people whose main concern is how to gain weight in order to improve their health. Gaining weight can be just as difficult — physically and psychologically — as trying to lose it.

Eating dried dates are a good way to get your blood sugar up quickly after a fast.

Fasting is among the special observances that Muslims undertake during the holy month of Ramadan. Fasting radically alters the diet, slowing the body’s metabolism and sometimes causing discomfort. However, good health can be maintained by consuming adequate nutrients during meals.

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivers acceptance remarks after being awarded the 2011 UCSF Medal at the University’s Founders Day Banquet.

Mawlana Hazar Imam delivers his acceptance remarks at a banquet in San Francisco on 26 April 2011, after being presented with the University of California San Francisco Medal, the University’s highest honour.

Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellman presents Mawlana Hazar Imam with the 2011 University of California San Francisco Medal, the University’s highest honour.

At a banquet in San Francisco on 26 April, Mawlana Hazar Imam was presented with the 2011 University of California San Francisco Medal. The prestigious recognition builds on existing collaborations between the UCSF and AKDN, and particularly the University’s support for training and research programmes at the Aga Khan University.

South Asians and other dark-skinned ethnic groups have an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency; the best way to get enough vitamin D is to enjoy safe levels of summer sunshine.

When you expose your skin to the sun, your body makes vitamin D from the sun’s ultraviolet rays. Most people will make enough of this “sunshine vitamin”, but certain groups of people may not be getting enough from the sun or their diet – and this includes people with dark skin.

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