• Saturday, March 02, 2024
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Health expert tasks Nigerians on regular exercise

Nigeria Heart Foundation

Nigerians have been urged to engage in at least 30 minutes’ walk every day to maintain a healthy heart as over 1,235 participants took part in Power Oil’s 4th annual health awareness walk tagged “Power Oil WalkHeartOn”

Kingsley Akinroye, executive director, Nigerian Heart Foundation, who made this call said the daily walk will help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

“Regular walking everyday maintain a good body weight and it ultimately enhances mental alertness and general wellbeing. As simple as it sounds, the benefits of walking to human lives is unquantifiable, as many lives have been lost as a result of a sedentary lifestyle.”

A 2017 data by World Health Organisation (WHO) revealed that coronary heart disease led to the death of 76,410 a 3.76 percent of total deaths recorded that year. A figure that ranked Nigeria 90 in the world among countries with age adjusted death rate of 117.12 per 100,000.

Similarly, multiple researched studies published in science journals revealed that walking reduced the risk of cardiovascular events by 31 percent and cut the risk of dying by 32 percent.

Speaking during the walk, Prerna Pathre, brand manager, Power Oil, said it was designed to promote a healthy lifestyle and remind Nigerians across the country on the benefits of a daily fitness routine.

“The level of participation is a clear indication that the gospel of healthy living which the brand has been preaching is hitting the right spot in the minds of Nigerians, as it is beginning to sink into their sub-consciousness not only to eat healthy to stay alive, but also to keep active for a healthy heart.”

Emphasising their commitment to promote healthy living among Nigerians, Prerna said that similar events will take place on at Ibadan, Port Harcourt.

“Right now, we are gearing up for Ibadan walk next Saturday, themed; ‘Listen to Your Heart’ at Obafemi Awolowo Stadium,Liberty/ Ring road Ibadan and Port Harcourt (Yakubu Gowon Stadium, Elekahia the following Saturday,” Prerna said.