The Lagos State Government has urged residents to make regular exercise a habit to improve their health. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Health, Dr. Yewande Adeshina, said Community Development Associations should take up the challenge of leading residents in periodic exercise. Adeshina made the statement during a health walk, as part of activities marking this year’s Community Day in the state.

The walk, which started from the Ikeja Local Government Area, through Obafemi Awolowo Way to the Lagos State Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja, was declared open by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Sports, Ministry of Youth and Sport, Mr. Sewedo Whenu. A statement on Sunday said members of the CDAs, Neighbourhood Watchers, government officials, turned out massively for the walk.

Adeshina, who was represented by Dr. Mazeedat Erinosho, of the state primary health board, advised the participants to be mindful of what they ate and gave to their children, in order to continue to be healthy. According to her, drinking a lot of water, especially first thing in the morning, is good for the body, adding that eating of vegetables, olive oil and non-fatty food to aid the heart, is very essential to the body.

She said, “Women, particularly mothers should be taught how to feed their children with healthy food. Meals don’t have to be expensive before it is good for the body. “Dry fish like shawa, vegetables and so on, can be used to prepare nourishing food for the children. What the children eat during their formative years will determine their state of health later in life.”

The Commissioner for Rural Development, Cornelius Ojelabi, charged CDAs across the state to key into the Community Health Walk programme of the Ministry of Rural Development and embrace regular community exercises. He said there was a need for people to exercise and keep fit at all times so that they would live longer and reduce resources spent on hospital bills.

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