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It was a concern for parents before the pandemic and it’s only gotten more paramount: what are the dangers of children and young people being brought up on a diet ever-increasing screen-use and passive, digital content consumption? The reality is that the rapid increase in screen use during the pandemic continues, and runs the risk of causing a surge in mental health conditions in young people, according to Dr Ateeq Qureshi, a psychiatrist from the...

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Humans are notoriously bad at estimating risk. Most people fear flying far more than driving, even though the odds of dying in a car accident (1 in 107 in the US, for example) are far higher than perishing in an aircraft crash (about 1 in 11 million). What we are really good at, however, is self-deception. Take smoking. By now, just about everyone must surely know that tobacco is extremely bad for us in all...

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Ras Al Khaimah has a lot to offer the rest of the UAE when it comes to chilling out: rolling sand dunes, spectacular beaches and lots of trails and nature to explore. And as of 2020, it also hosts the Middle East’s first year-round holistic wellness and detox destination: The Lighthouse Retreat. I spent a day at this beautiful spot, located on the water behind the Al Hamrah Golf Club, beside the course. The 12 hours...

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Did your relationship suffer during the pandemic? Still struggling to recover? You are not alone.  Priory Wellbeing Center in Dubai reports an 11 percent increase in patients seeking help with relationship issues in the last year. And according to a UK poll conducted by The Priory, which now has a location in Abu Dhabi too, one in four people (26 percent) think their relationship with their partner worsened over the period.  Mandeep Jassal, a behavioral therapist...

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A Dubai nurse was among an elite group recognized for going above and beyond in her work, earning a chance to represent the UAE and a shot at a major global nursing award. Jasmine Mohammed Sharaf was one of 10 finalists chosen from 24,000 applications across 184 countries, representing the UAE at the first Aster Guardians Global Nursing Award, which carries an impressive $250,000 prize.  The award, handed out at ceremony in Dubai to commemorate...

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On December 14, 2019, the UAE celebrated what appeared to be a remarkable achievement. In just one year it had climbed 10 places on the Global Food Security Index, ranking 21st out of 113 countries and apparently on course to fulfil its extraordinary ambition of achieving a top-10 position by 2021. At the time, Mariam Hareb Almheiri, Minister of State for Food Security, said the jump reflected the government’s determination “to transform the UAE into...

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People sure are interested in the Keto diet here in the UAE: According to a survey conducted by the digital marketing suite SEMrush, searches for ketogenic shot up more than 1,000 percent in the UAE between 2017 and 2020. And while lots of people may be eating paleo, the same survey found searches for that way of eating have fallen by 19 percent in the same period. The ketogenic diet recommends heaps of fats, moderate protein...

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Brett Girven is no ordinary headteacher. Possessing degrees in Zoology and Environmental Studies, and a passion for sustainability, the New Zealander presides over one of Dubai’s most progressive and disruptive education institutions: The Arbor School. His aim is to place awareness of the environment at the heart of his students’ experience of education.  The British Curriculum school, which opened in 2019, has been an instant hit among staff, students and parents who have been won...

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Luke Coutinho is a holistic lifestyle coach based in India and a frequent visitor to Dubai. He’s a passionate advocate of using balanced nutrition, adequate exercise, quality sleep and emotional detox to heal from just about everything that ails us. During his appearance on The Livehealthy Podcast, he talked about everything from how our spiritual beliefs are linked to our health to why we shouldn’t be so obsessed with fitness trackers to why the body is the essence of...

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It’s becoming easier every day to make balanced choices that nourish our bodies and respect the planet. Whether it’s saving fruit and vegetables from the landfill, picking up a basket of juicy berries grown on a farm in Al Ain or making a hot cup of soothing tea, here are the latest healthy food options. “ugly” fruit and veg  The UAE government recently announced aims to cut food waste by 50 percent by 2030, and...