Nigerians Urged On Nature-Based Solutions To Healthy Living

As Waka Community International Foundation, Q-Life Family Clinic and Health Emergency Initiative hold roadshow in Lagos

At a time when mankind is challenged by myriads of health issues, the need for people to take their health seriously cannot be overemphasized. But it will interest you to realize that just by living naturally, such as walking, eating right, sound sleep and visiting conservation centres, one will be able to significantly enhance his or her health conditions and wellness.

This was the concept promoted when three health and Wellness organisations-Waka Community International Foundation, Q-Life Family Clinic and Health Emergency Initiative held a road walk in Lagos titled “LET’S WAKA WITH Q-LIFE AND HEI”. The road walk was in keeping faith with the their promise to collaborate towards advancing the wellness and health of Nigerians and residents of Nigeria.

The Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF) was also a partner in the initiative.

In a remark, NCF’s Director, Business Development and Communications, Mr Uchenna Achunine, said “there was a very strong connection between nature conservation and exercising for healthy living. NCF was excited to be among the partners. We urged Nigerians to eat right, be close to nature and visit natural sites.”

Speaking in a release, the organisations noted that,
“Today we make good on that announcement by holding a road walk titled “LET’S WAKA WITH Q-LIFE AND HEI”. We made a promise and we are delivering on that promise. We gave our word and we are keeping our word.

“Today’s walk, health talks and the Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid demonstrations by professional first responders is driven by our conviction that 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”, they said.

According to Waka Community International Foundation, the initiators of this collaboration,” our 2300+ members in over 30 countries and in many cities in Nigeria, are encouraged to walk a minimum of thirty minutes daily and to eat healthy in controlled portions.

“Walking is the oldest and safest form of physical exercise and is non-discriminatory on grounds of age, gender, level of physical fitness or location. 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 clearing the mind and it boosts our moods. We encourage folks to walk indoors or outdoors depending on choice, safety or convenience. Walking is also inexpensive. One can walk bare feet indoors and on beaches. To walk outdoors require nice fitting and affordable running shoes. So what’s really stopping you from walking?

“We thank everyone who has come out here today ( May 7, 2022 ) and also the many who couldn’t be physically here today, but are walking remotely and in solidarity in over 30 countries around the world. Thank you as you Waka with Q-Life Family Clinic and Health Emergency Initiative.

“Please remember to share your photos, videos and stats on the platforms so together we can keep changing lives one waka at a time.

“A major point of today’s event is a FREE First Responders demonstration of Basic CPR and First Aid by HEI. This will provide CPR and First Aid tips that can be vital during emergencies.

“Dr. Adetokunbo Alakija, co-founder and Medical Director of Q-Life Family Clinic, who is also the Chairman of the Lagos State Health Management Agency (LASHMA) will give a health talk.

“We must commend our respective partners and sponsors for believing in the Vision and for supporting today’s event in cash and in kind and equally important, for coming out in good numbers to waka today”.

The Executive Director, HEI, Mr Paschal Achunine, said that the aim of the programme was to inform, educate, and sensitise Nigerians to take personal responsibility for their wellness and safety by walking and eating right.
Achunine said that HEI had been equipping Nigerians with critical life saving skills such as cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), First Aid and capacity to handle heart attack, cardiac arrest, burns and other prehospital emergencies.

“HEI provides free medical interventions that ensure that the poorest member of society particularly children age 0 to five have access to basic healthcare in public hospitals at a cost usually not more than N30,000.
“We ensure timely emergency response for road crash victims via initial payment to commence treatment and resuscitation aided by MOU we signed with the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) and hospitals,” he said.

Also speaking, Mr Lorenz Mba, Founder, Waka Community International, said that Waka Community is all about changing lives by sharing the benefits of walking everyday, eating right and good quality sleep.

“Today, we make good on that announcement by holding a road walk titled: Let’s WAKA with Q-life and HEI. We made a promise and we are delivering on that promise. We gave our word and we are keeping our word. Our organisation encourages members in over 30 countries to walk a minimum of 30 minutes daily and to eat healthy in controlled portions. We got sick and tired of hearing gone too soon and gone to sleep with the Lord at young age. Walking helps us maintain healthy weight and also helps us keep away a couple of cardiovascular diseases, among others, ” he said.

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