Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Nigerian Style

As many of you know I am Nigerian. Born full bred Nigerian. This weekend I had the privilege of attending my first Nigerian traditional engagement. It was fun. They make the groom and family put up a lot of money to see the bride. It is just amusing to watch. I decided to go full fledge and tie gele (head wrap) with the outfit. It took great boldness and I had to find one of the older women to tie it in the parking lot for me, but it was worth it. In order to wear the gele, you have to make sure your makeup looks really nice or you will look weird.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Be the Best You

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As a nurse the growing trend of obese patients I see is immense. Obese is used to describe a person whose BMI is greater than 30.  It troubles me because they face a lot of health risks and emotional needs. How I would love to help them but there is much I could do. It is all dependent on them, they hold the keys to their health. More than one-third of U.S. adults (35.7%) are obese. Overweight and obesity are known risk factors for: diabetes, heart disease, stroke, hypertension, gallbladder disease, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and other breathing problems, some forms of cancer (uterine, breast, colorectal, kidney, and gallbladder). This post is not about obesity but to help those who need encouragement and a wake up call. You can do it, you just have to put in the work.