Jubilee Insurance staff donated electronic ICU beds

Kenyatta National Hospital CEO Lily Koros and Team Leader Nurse Felister Mwangi (in white) demonstrate how to adjust the bed to Jubilee General Manager, Pensions Business David Ogega at the children’s Heart Surgery Critical Care Unit, where Jubilee Insurance staff donated electronic ICU beds. On the bed is Emanuel Kibet

 

The Blue Company

Issue certification to private entities that practise clean business with the aim of encouraging a “Corruption free” environment and the building of a sustainable business environment

 

Live free Painting Competition

The Live Free Painting Competition is an annual painting competition targeting pupils in public primary schools aged 6 to 14 years.  The competition is sponsored by Jubilee Insurance and the winners walk away post-primary school education scholarships, sports kits & equipment, and school uniform vouchers. The winning schools take home assorted books and reading material to equip their libraries.

 

 

LIVE FREE PAINTING COMPETITION
Jubilee Insurance celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2017 and found it fit to have the painting competition as one of the commemorative projects meant to improve the lives of the young people with whom the company depends on and coexists with.

As an organization, we realized that various stakeholders have differing interpretations of the phrase “Live Free” – which is also our tagline. We, therefore, asked the pupils to illustrate through art what living free meant to them, and they did a fantastic job.

Jubilee Insurance has proven to be a friend of the education sector time and time again and the same can be seen by our generous efforts to not only organize an art competition for our children but also to sponsor them through their secondary school education. For this, we would like to thank the Jubilee Insurance team and wish them well in all their endeavors.

SPEC-TACU LAR

To commemorate our 80TH Anniversary, Jubilee Insurance partnered with Kenya Society for the Blind. Over 2000 children were screened, of which 1574 were treated and over 350 needed further assistance in form of either operations, spectacles or assistive devices. Above, 28 pupils from Kilimani Primary School received spectacles to correct the visual challenges identified through the screening. Another 228 students will be receiving their spectacles through the month of March.

 

 

 

 

Sharing is Caring

Sharing Is Caring: Our members of staff led by our GCEO Dr. Julius Kipng’etich visited the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) to deliver the donations that you so gracefully gave to support the Children’s Cancer Ward. The visit was meant to cheer-up the children battling with cancer, create awareness and encourage our staff to get checked. The team engaged in different activities with the delighted children and encouraged them as they go on with their treatment   

#ConservationConversation

Jubilee Insurance has committed KShs. 15 million over 5 years to the Maasai Wilderness Conservation Trust in Kajiado to support their efforts in Conservation, Education and Health Services to the community. Our sponsorship will be channeled through bursaries, scholarships, and construction of primary school classrooms as well as the purchase of an ultrasound machine for the community health center to improve maternal health care. We also handed over a motorcycle to assist in effective patrols to minimize human-wildlife conflict in the area.

Pomegranate Fruit and Hypertension

Pomegranate, widely known as Kuku manga in Kenya, is one of the widely known fruits though rarely eaten. It is a red fruit with a tough outer bark-like layer that originated from Persia. It’s found in many people’s fences probably eaten by the birds.

Pomegranate benefits include lowering blood pressure and improving heart health. Recent clinical trials have shown that pomegranate juice improve cholesterol and even decrease plaques in your arteries, reducing your risk for heart disease and other cardiovascular diseases.

It has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as well as other attributes that make it an effective juice or fruit to lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol profiles, and to prevent and treat the atherosclerotic plaques that are responsible for heart attacks and strokes. Its healing properties come mainly from certain flavonoids such as catechins, tannins, and a potent flavonoid known as ellagic acid. These compounds make pomegranate a stronger antioxidant than red wine and equal to or better than green tea.

The ability to lower blood pressure is because it is a natural occurring ACE inhibitor (angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor) for relaxing arteries. ACE inhibitors include high blood pressure drugs like Lisinopril and work by decreasing angiotensin activity, an enzyme that is made when the kidneys receive a signal to help blood pressure. Inhibiting ACE helps blood vessels to relax and open up, thus lowering blood pressure and allowing more blood and oxygen to get to the heart.

In addition to antioxidants, pomegranates are a source of fibre, B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin K and potassium. One pomegranate supplies one-quarter of a day’s worth of folate (a B vitamin needed to synthesize and repair DNA) and one-third of your daily vitamin C.

THIS IS HOW YOU CAN HAVE A POMEGRANATE
1. Start by cutting the fruit in half. Then, spoon out the tiny red seeds into a bowl. You can add the seeds to salads, yogurt, oatmeal, desserts, or whatever you want!
2. If you bought too many pomegranate. You can save the seeds by spreading them on a baking sheet and freezing them for two hours. Then transfer them to freezer bags and put them back in the freezer. This will make them last for up to one year
3. You can also juice pomegranates and save yourself the expense of buying it in a bottle. Plus, pre-bottled pomegranate juice can contain all sorts of other ingredients, including added sugar and sodium. Use a juicer or simply squeeze the fruit, separating the fibers with a strainer
You can easily get pomegranate from leading supermarkets in Kenya. They can also be purchased online and all major fruit markets in town (Nairobi).

In a nutshell, pomegranate is one of the super fruits that goes straight to your heart.

Onions & Arthritis

If you are suffering from painful and stiff joints, then you might be having arthritis!

Arthritis is a disease characterized by pain and inflammation in joints, morning stiffness, dryness in mouth and disturbed sleep patterns among the patients. There are numerous different types of arthritis, most commonly being:-

  1. osteoarthritis,
  2. rheumatoid arthritis,
  3. gout

So, lets look at one common ingredient in our kitchen with powers to help with this ailment, which is THE ONION.

Onions aren’t just flavoring to your favorite dishes. They are low in calories, have virtually no fat and are loaded with healthful components that fight inflammation in arthritis and related conditions.

Onions are also one of the richest sources of flavonoids – antioxidants that mop up free radicals in your body’s cells before they have a chance to cause harm. One flavonoid found in onions, called quercetin, has been shown to inhibit inflammation-causing leukotrienes, prostaglandins and histamines in osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), other benefits of quercetin include reducing heart disease risk by lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol and help prevent the progression of cancer.

Those subjected to routine cortisone injections may also experience a reversal in bone loss, taking more onions helps in increasing bone density this is due to a compound in the onion known as GPCS for short, gamma-L-glutamyl-trans-S-1-propenyl-L-cysteine sulfoxide was shown to inhibit the breakdown of bone in a study published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. Researchers at the University of Berne, Switzerland, speculate that GPCS might work the same way as alendronate (Fosamax), which is used to treat osteoporosis and reverse corticosteroid-induced bone loss.

We have different types of onions which include Sweet Onions, White Onions, Red Onions, Shallots, Green Onions, Yellow onions and Leeks. All onions are healthful but disease-fighting chemicals are highest in shallots, yellow and red onions, and lowest in white and sweet onion varieties. Shallots, yellow and red onions also have a stronger flavor than white varieties, suggesting the more pungent the onion the more powerful the health-promoting properties, says Rui Hai Liu, MD, PhD, associate professor of food science at Cornell.

5 Ways to Add Onions to Your Meals

Raw or cooked, onions make a healthful addition to any dish. Here are a few suggestions:

Salads. Raw, red onions, sliced or diced, add a healthful and colourful splash to any salad.

Stir-fries. Add strips of yellow onions to a vegetable medley. They cook quickly – in four to five minutes in a stovetop skillet on high heat – and increase your vegetable-rich dish’s antioxidant boost.

Sandwiches. Sweet, white, yellow, red – sautéed or raw – onions on sandwiches are a great idea. Load your sandwiches with lots of onions and other vegetables to help increase your phytochemical intake while decreasing portions of other sandwich ingredients, like meats and cheeses that should be eaten in moderation.

Side Dish. Grill, bake or broil thick slices of onion brushed with a little bit of olive oil to bring out the sweetness.

Saved for Later. Have extra cut, raw onions? Stick them in bags in your freezer and spare yourself more chopping and tears.

An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to take away the pain.

Understanding Fibre and Diabetes

Fibre is a type of carbohydrate (just like sugars and starches) but since it is not broken down by the human body, it does not contribute any calories. Yet, on a food label, fibre is listed under total carbohydrate. So this gets kind of confusing for people who have diabetes. Carbohydrate is the one nutrient that has the biggest impact on blood glucose. So, does fibre have any effect on your blood glucose?

The answer is that fibre does not raise blood glucose levels. This is because it is not broken down/digested by the body. This makes fibre one of the most important nutrient for diabetics in controlling blood sugar levels since this is a carbohydrate which does not trigger insulin for blood glucose.

There are two types of dietary fibre – soluble and insoluble. Most foods contain both types but are usually richer in one type than the other.

Soluble fibre: Found in oat, oat bran, linseeds, barley, fruit & vegetable, nuts, beans,  pulses, soya and lentils.

Insoluble fibre: Good sources include wholemeal bread, bran, wholegrain cereals, nuts, seeds and the skin of some fruit and vegetables.

So, what are the daily recommended intake for fibre?
Adults 16 years and over: 30g per day

11-16 years: 25g per day

5-11 years: 20g per day

2-5 years: 15g per day

Shopping Tips
You can compare the back of pack nutritional labels on prepacked foods and choose the food with a higher amount of fibre. At times this information may not be available, but there are other ways of choosing foods high in dietary fibre:

Look for words such as ‘wholemeal’, ‘whole-wheat’ and ‘whole grain’ on labels. Whole-grain carbohydrates tend to be higher in fibre and lower in GI (glycemic index), which means they have less of an effect on your blood glucose levels.

Choose wholemeal, seeded or multi-grain bread – these are higher in fibre than white varieties. Brown bread is not as high in fibre as a whole meal.

Instead of white pasta or rice, choose the brown/whole-wheat type.

Go for beans, pulses and lentils – add to casseroles, soups, salads and curries. Choose oat-based, bran or wholegrain breakfast cereals.

Buy a selection of interesting and seasonal fruit and vegetables to help you aim for your five-a-day target.

Couscous and quinoa, which are whole grains, are a great source of fibre.

QUOTE: Fibre is one of the power house of nutrition.