First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has urged the world to be more vigilant in physical exercise as a strategy to improve health and wellbeing.
Margaret said this during the Walk the Talk 2019 event organized by World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland where she was the chief guest.
“Physical activity is the bedrock of healthy living that prevents many illnesses. Linking this to good nutrition and reinforcing healthy habits including physical exercise, is something we as leaders, need to encourage in our communities,” she said.
The changing health landscape that is affecting our lives today is a reality. As a global community we have made commitments towards ensuring health & wellbeing for all;Goal 3 of the SDGs. Access, quality & affordable health through #UHC, is the driver to achieving these target. pic.twitter.com/RRONJGJTye
— The First Lady Kenya (@FirstLadyKenya) May 19, 2019
The event which had over 4,000 delegates from 194 countries aims to promote health particularly physical activity.
According to WHO, adults aged 65-years and above need 150 minutes of physical exercise to prevent three or more falls in a week.
People aged between 5 and 17 need at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity daily whereas more than 60 minutes a day brings additional health benefits.
The toddlers aged between 3-4 need at least 180 minutes in a variety of physical activities.
During the event, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta was presented with the WHO Director General’s Health Leaders 2019 award, in recognition of her outstanding advocacy on global health matters
During the event, First Lady Margaret Kenyatta was presented with the @WHO Director General’s Health Leaders 2019 award, in recognition of her outstanding advocacy on global health matters #HealthForAll | @DrTedros pic.twitter.com/hTqUmiQfla
— State House Kenya (@StateHouseKenya) May 19, 2019
Margarrete kenyatta is widely known for her Beyond Zero initiative launched in 2014 to improve maternal and child health in Kenya to accelerate implementation of the national plan towards elimination of new HIV infections among children.
A key platform of this initiative is the Beyond Zero Marathon held every year with 21km race being the key fundraiser.
“It have brought together thousands of Kenyans over the past four years to run for a cause. It has also enhanced awareness of the benefits of healthy living.” Margaret stated.
Among Kenyan dignitaries at the event included Health Cabinet Cecretary, Sicily Kariuki and Kenya’s own world record holder marathoner Mary Keitany.