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Establishing Preventive Focus for Health: Lifestyle for National Development

Feb. 25, 2020, 9:51 a.m.



                      For Immediate Release                                                                                        24 February 2020


NDPC organises 10th National Development Forum


The National Development Planning Commission will organise its 10th National Development Forum (NDF) with the objective of examining the causes and consequences of emerging lifestyle patterns and trends, and consider the role of the government, private sector and individuals in reversing the health trajectory of the nation and promoting productivity and longevity.

The forum which will address the theme: “Establishing Preventive Focus for Health: Lifestyle for National Development”,  will be heldon Wednesday 26 February, 2020 at the British Council, Accra, at 5:30 pm.

 Ghana, like many African countries is confronted with a rise in the prevalence of non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, stroke, obesity, cancer, and diabetes. Furthermore, it is projected that deaths due to non -communicable diseases in low and middle - income countries (LMICs) including Ghana are expected to increase from 30.8 million in 2015 to 41.8 million by 2030, an increase of about 36 percent. These non – communicable diseases affect all socio – demographic groups – males and females; young and old; wealthy and poor; urban and rural communities

Regular physical activity offers many benefits to individuals and society at large and is vital for delaying, preventing and managing non-communicable diseases. Yet increasingly, lifestyle changes occasioned by trends such as rapid urbanization, globalization and intensification of sedentary work have made physical inactivity more pervasive. This poses major risk to public health and the labour force essential for building a solidly developed and prosperous Ghana at 100 years.

The keynote address for the forum will be delivered by Prof. Agyeman Badu Akosa, Cellular Pathologist and Lifestyle Wellness Consultant.

The forum will stream live on the NDPC social media handles – NDPC Ghana (Facebook), and @ndpcghana (Twitter). Inputs, questions and comments on the theme can be sent to both social media handles and Whatsapp number; 0540-960-315

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Doris N Sodjah

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