Anna Pukas

Anna Pukas, Author at LiveHealthy.ae

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If there was ever someone who embodies the old adage “if at first, you don’t succeed, try, try again,” that person is Omar Al Busaidy.  At 34, the entrepreneur and author has four failed businesses and a short-lived marriage behind him. He has also been fired from two jobs, been demoted from another and survived a serious, life-limiting illness. He has bounced back from them all to forge a career as a motivational speaker and...

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Eid Al-Fitr is upon us, but this year will be unlike any Eid before it. In his fourth Majlis Mohamed bin Zayed, broadcast on Al Emarat Channel, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed gathered frontline workers and asked them about their experience working to combat Covid-19, praising them as role models for the rest of the nation. The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces also reminded those watching that “There...

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Leila Kouri, who opened the first F45 franchise in Abu Dhabi 18 months ago, doesn’t think it will be easy getting members back to the gym when the UAE begins to open up post Covid-19.  “Even with a 50 percent cap on numbers, will people be willing to risk it? I doubt it,” she says, adding that it will be challenging to do a HIIT session wearing a mask and gloves.  The once-thriving fitness industry...

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As many parts of the world are beginning to ease the restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic, there is a steady flow of evidence that although Covid-19 is keeping us apart, it is also bringing us together in myriad ways. Breaking fast with loved ones is a special time but for one group of volunteers in Fujairah, iftar is postponed until after they have assembled, packed and delivered 250 meals to low-income families...

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Maitha Al Khayat is a best-selling author of children’s books. In fact, you could almost call her the J K Rowling of the Arab world, except that she is far more prolific – 172 books so far, including a set of school primers – and she does her own illustrations. She has also written TV scripts for the Arabic version of Sesame Street and Hamdoon, the Emirati cartoon series. Oh, and she writes equally well in...

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At this time of year, people are usually making plans for the summer – where to go for their holidays, which countries to visit. But, as no one needs reminding, there is nothing usual about this year. In the second of the Flow Talk series running throughout this month, clinical psychologist Dr Saliha Afridi proposes taking another kind of journey – an inner journey. Now is the perfect time to “harness the energy of Ramadan” and...

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Six weeks into lockdown – or thereabouts, because we have mostly lost count –  and any novelty we felt at the beginning has well and truly worn off. We have watched all the good shows on Netflix, done the jigsaw puzzles, played the board games. Irritability levels are high and energy is low.  And to top it all, it’s Ramadan, although it’s unlike any Ramadan anyone can ever remember. Time to reboot and refresh with...

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After weeks of confinement to our homes, a tour around a farm, surrounded by greenery – even if only virtually – sounds especially appealing. And that is exactly what you will get if you tune in on Wednesday, May 6, for the first of a special online series of live talks from Flow Dubai, the healthy eating hub. Kicking off the special-for-Ramadan series is Hemant Julka, co-founder and head of operations at VeggiTech, a start-up...

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Medical researchers at the Abu Dhabi Stem Cell Center have developed a promising treatment for Covid-19 which has seen 73 patients make a full recovery. Results have been so encouraging that researchers are ramping up testing on more patients. The treatment involves harvesting and activating stem cells from the patient’s own blood. The stem cells are then nebulized into a fine mist, which the patient inhales via an aerosol. The first patient was treated on April 4...

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A is for Apart, as in that’s how we should stay until we get through this. B is for Bored. What with all those online classes we should be taking and those “fun” videos people are posting, we really shouldn’t be. Volunteers are needed for all sorts of tasks so if you’re still saying you’re bored, I don’t want to hear it.  B is also for Blessings. Let’s count them. The UAE is doing all...

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Lockdown, self-isolation, personal protective equipment – the lexicon of Covid-19 is everywhere. With much of the world now in the second month of some kind of restriction, tempers are fraying, but the best part of humanity continues to rise to the surface. Here is more good news from the pandemic. The Together We Are Good campaign by the Authority of Social Contribution – Ma’an is a resounding success. More than 8,000 people have signed up...