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“When dealing with the ravages of cancer,” says Munira Premji, “be kind to yourself and to eat nutritionally when you can.” Photo: Frances Darwin
“When dealing with the ravages of cancer,” says Munira Premji, “be kind to yourself and to eat nutritionally when you can.” Photo: Frances Darwin
From yucky to yummy - eating during cancer
From yucky to yummy - eating during cancer
1 February 2017

To mark World Cancer Day on 4 February, Munira Premji shares what she has learned from her relationship with food while battling the ravages of three cancers over the past five years.

Fatigue and loss of focus may point at iron deficiency anemia
Fatigue and loss of focus may point at iron deficiency anemia
7 January 2017

Iron deficiency anemia affects nearly a third of women around the world, and can result in dizziness, headaches and difficulty staying focussed. Discover how to add iron to your diet.

Soccer nutrition pulses
Soccer nutrition pulses
Soccer, synergy and superfoods at this year’s Gold Cup
Soccer, synergy and superfoods at this year’s Gold Cup
25 November 2016

Collaboration was key in preparing thousands of tasty and healthy meals for one of the largest Ismaili sports tournaments in North America. And pulses, regarded as a “superfood”, were an important feature on the menu.

World Diabetes Day is on 14 November.
World Diabetes Day is on 14 November.
Diabetes and physical activity – breaking barriers!
Diabetes and physical activity – breaking barriers!
14 November 2016

To mark World Diabetes Day, Shahzadi Devje, Registered Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator, discusses the importance of physical activity, explores some common barriers and ways to overcome them.

M is for... Mutter
M is for... Mutter
M is for... Mutter
M is for... Mutter
25 October 2016

Mutter, also known as peas, belong to the same family as pulses, which includes beans, dal, lentils and chickpeas. They are a great source of protein and fibre, with virtually no fat.

Those who need to gain weight should focus on consuming foods and beverages that are both higher in calories and nutrients. Shirzad Chunara
Those who need to gain weight should focus on consuming foods and beverages that are both higher in calories and nutrients. Shirzad Chunara
Underweight? Gain pounds the healthy way!
Underweight? Gain pounds the healthy way!
14 October 2016

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.

Breastfeeding gives children a healthy start from the earliest moments of life. Adobe Stock
Breastfeeding gives children a healthy start from the earliest moments of life. Adobe Stock
Three ways breastfeeding can boost your baby's immunity
Three ways breastfeeding can boost your baby's immunity
5 August 2016

Paediatrician Dr Fatima Hashamali has spent over three decades serving communities in East Africa and Pakistan. For World Breastfeeding Week, she highlights three ways in which breastfeeding can boost a baby's immunity.

Keep a water bottle with you and drink from it regularly.
Keep a water bottle with you and drink from it regularly.
Hydrate for maximum gain in athletic performance
Hydrate for maximum gain in athletic performance
16 June 2016

As the Jubilee Games approaches, Ismaili athletes around the world are spending countless hours training. But underestimating sweat loss and not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration and serious side effects.

Sixty per cent of all deaths in India are now attributed to NCDs. An Aga Khan Health Board programme aims to reach as many rural and urban members of the Jamat as possible. AKHB India
Sixty per cent of all deaths in India are now attributed to NCDs. An Aga Khan Health Board programme aims to reach as many rural and urban members of the Jamat as possible. AKHB India
Innovative programme raising awareness about NCDs in India
Innovative programme raising awareness about NCDs in India
9 May 2016

Non-communicable diseases kill 38 million around the world each year. In India, the country’s Aga Khan Health Board rolled out Health Mantra, a national programme to help the Jamat to better understand the growing threat of NCDs.

The World Health Organization, headquartered in Geneva, expects deaths from NCDs to increase by 17 per cent over the next decade. Thorkild Tylleskar
The World Health Organization, headquartered in Geneva, expects deaths from NCDs to increase by 17 per cent over the next decade. Thorkild Tylleskar
Interrupting the progression of non-communicable diseases
Interrupting the progression of non-communicable diseases
9 July 2015

NCDs are the leading cause of death in the global population, and a serious problem in the Ismaili community. Unhealthy diet is a key risk factor — one that the Ismaili Nutrition Centre is helping to address.

Limbu (Lemon and Lime)
Limbu (Lemon and Lime)
L is for... Limbu
L is for... Limbu
11 May 2015

Limbu can be used to describe both limes and lemons, which are sour and acidic citrus fruits. Both are an excellent source of vitamin C.

Kela (Banana). VOLFF / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB
Kela (Banana). VOLFF / DOLLAR PHOTO CLUB
K is for... Kela (Banana)
K is for... Kela (Banana)
14 April 2015

Kela (bananas) are nature’s convenience food. They are widely available, inexpensive, and found in their own natural packaging. From a baby’s first weaning food to a snack that seniors with chewing difficulties can easily manage, kela can be enjoyed throughout your life.