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Depression: Exercise is best antidote to stay alive – Enefiok Udo-Obong

*Steady Runs PH gets rights to deliver BOOST in Rivers State

Nigerians have been enjoined to watch their health against symptoms of depression by engaging in at least 30 minutes of exercise daily as part of their daily routines. Two former Olympian medallists Chief Mary Onyali and Enefiok Udo-Obong in separate papers in Port Harcourt made the appeals.

Enefiok Udo-Obong making the Red Carpet compere do the laughing
Enefiok Udo-Obong making the Red Carpet compere do the laughing

These advocacy were deployed at the Steady Run Port Harcourt lectures which took place inside the Liberation stadium in the Garden City on Friday.

In his paper titled, “whole health management” two-time Olympic medallist, Enefiok Udo-Obong charged Nigerians to do the preventive medicine than the curative. For me, our problems start from the choice of who becomes the Minister for Health, are doctors best qualified in the medical industry to be appointed ministers?”

The trained anatomist added, “if I and you decide and engage in exercising our bodies, the medical personnel will have less to do. Remember, your body is the only machine in the world without a spare part. Maintaining it by exercise is far better and cheaper than engaging in curative processes after it has broken down.”

In his opening remark, Mr Steady Idisi told his audience, “322million people suffer from depression all over the world. Sadly, Nigeria has recorded two reported depression-related suicides and several ones which were prevented. That means this problem is silently with us and requires urgent measures to be tackled.”

Enefiok Udo-Obong making the Red Carpet compere do the laughing
Mary Onyali answering questions on the Red Carpet

Today, Steady Runs PH is fully registered as a corporate entity. We are a non governmental and not for profit organization. Today, I can also tell you we have been given the mandate to deliver the Basis Olympic Opportunity Sports Training (BOOST) National Sports Development Centre for the South South region in Rivers State.

This is a new employment stream for our professionals and a bright career prospects for our children and youths. We must encourage our wards to take good advantage of this to be a part of the 1million children and youths the project wants to bring into sports in the next three years.

Chief Mary Onyali’s paper is reproduced fully due to the rich content in a separate report http://gongnews.net/steady-run-ph-must-exercise-healthy-living-mary-onyali/

Some of the guests that graced the occasion include the State Commissioner for Sports Boma Iyaye, Chris Roberts, the Chief Whip of the Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Evans Bapakaye Bipi.

Today at 3:00pm the members of the Steady Run PH, invited guests and members of the public will undertake a road walk and road race from the Airforce base junction to the Oil Mill junction.

The well organised event enjoyed the sponsorship of the Rivers State government, Kayjay Energy, SID Oil Services Limited, Rivers State Signage and Advertising agency (RISSA), and FCMB. There was a red carpet where the sponsors enjoyed wide multi backdrop logo representations.



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