Nigeria’s Minister of Youth and Sport Development, Sunday Akin Dare Flags off  “Walk The Talk” jogging exercise on Saturday  morning  to flag off a general wellness campaign: “Health is Wealth.”

The jogging exercise took off from the Millennium Park. The excise, according to a media release by the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development,  was organised by World Health Organisation in collaboration with the ministry and that of Ministry of Health as well as the Wellbeing Foundation Africa.

Third from Right, Sports Minister, Hon. Sunday Dare, DPMI, Hauwa-Kulu Akinyemi, AFN President, Ibrahim Gusau, 3rd from left, DFEAD, Tayo Oreweme , DPRESS Lere Adams at the Take off point

The Minister in his remark advised Nigerian citizens on the importance of exercise which helps in guarding against obesity, high blood pressure, and Cardiovascular diseases.

Also in his remark, he quoted, “An Apple a day and twenty minutes of exercise a day keeps the Doctor away.” He also reiterated the well-known slogan ” Health is Wealth

Earlier, one of the organizers, Mr Edward said that the event was organized to raise awareness of Universal Health coverage, which was built together to build the Health care of citizens.

This, he also said that Walk The Talk was first initiated in the US to advocate for health for all and also promote health and physical activities.

 The exercise was first held last year in Nigeria, and this year, the organizers thought it wise to incorporate all other organisations, Federal Ministries, Parastatals, Agencies and the Academicians.  

The programme witnessed a large turn out that included directors from different MDA’s and the popular Nollyhood actress Kate Henshaw.  

There were three groups of joggers for the 8km, 5km and 3km as well as  the dance and aerobics performers.

Participants were decorated with medals. Also gracing the occasion was the President of Well-being Foundation, Mrs Toyin Saraki.  Representatives from embassies, the Nigerian Army,  Boys Scout and officers from WHO were also in attendance.