Lagos: 500 participants embark on happiness, longevity awareness walk
About 500 Lagos residents have participated in a walk organised by Waka Community International Foundation in partnership with Q-Life, Health Emergency Initiative and a member representing Eti-Osa Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives, Ibrahim Babajide Obanikoro.
The 9.4-kilometre walk, which kicked off from Catholic Church of Divine Mercy on Admiralty Way in Lekki Phase l, through Ikoyi to Falomo and back to the church, was aimed at promoting happiness and longevity.
Speaking at the event, Obanikoro, advised Nigerians to be conscious of their health and lifestyle by getting enough exercise, eating healthy food and having enough sleep.
He advised that excessive drinking, smoking and drug taking are not healthy but moderation in habit and lifestyle is essential to prolong life.
He urged them to be conscious of their total health, mental, physical and emotional, stressing that ‘health is wealth’.
Founder Waka Community International Foundation, Lorenz Mba said:” Today’s walk and health talk about Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid is driven by our conviction that since a healthy Nigeria is a wealthy Nigeria, it is worthwhile to inform, educate and persuade Nigerians as well as all residents of Nigeria and indeed the world, to take personal responsibility for their wellness by walking and eating right as well as getting enough quality sleep. “
“Walking also has many benefits such as helping maintain a healthy weight and helping lose unwanted and undesirable fat. Walking helps prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, cancer and Type 2 diabetes. Walking also helps improve cardiovascular fitness. Walking contributes to well-being.
Executive Director, of Health Emergency Initiative, Mr. Paschal Achunine, said: “We are here to build consciousness among Nigerians on healthy living. Walking is a very healthy exercise; it is an exercise that is accessible to the young and old, and across gender.
“We have heard that so many people die of heart attacks and other emergencies.
“What our organisation has done in the last four years is to design a system that ensures that when an emergency happens, instead of taking pictures as a bystander, any Nigerian will know the immediate thing to do, to give the victim chances of survival. We want to change the narrative.”
On her part, the Managing Director, Wild Fusion and a participant at the walk, Agatha Emina, said the walk was not only an opportunity to burn calories but also to meet and network.