By Olayinka Latona, Charlyne Ikpe, Busola Likolo & Gabriel Olawale
As part of measures to promote healthy living among its staff, management of Vanguard Media Limited yesterday held a 10 kilometre walk tagged: “Vanguard Walks for Life”. The activity which kicked off from the corporate Head office of Vanguard took participants around Kirikiri area to Mile 2 and ended up at the Organisation’s office.
The walk, sponsored by Coca-Cola Nigeria, Nestle Foods, Nigeria and Red Star Express witnessed over 50 participants, including members of the Federal Road Safety Corps, the Nigeria Police Force and several others who joined along the way.
Vanguard’s Deputy Administrative Manager, Mr.Hassan Balogun described the walk as an initiative of the company’s Corporate Affairs Department and also an extension of Vanguard’s comprehensive health programme in ensuring that the staff lives healthily.
Balogun observed that the Vanguard Walk for Life exercise is an extension for total wellness among the staff
“Covering about 10 kilometers is a way of exercising our body and being an inaugural one, I believe that the subsequent walks will attract more people to participate and it will be a continuous exercise in the company. What we have just done today is an aggregation of added value to what we have been doing in ensuring that our staff lives a healthy lifestyle.”
It is Vanguard’s own contribution to ensuring a healthy workforce.
You will recall that yesterday we organized an enlightenment programme tagged “National Cancer Awareness” but this one that we just did covering about 10 kilometers, is a way of exercising our body. It is an inaugural one and we promise that subsequently it will be more encompassing.
In attendance for the FRSC, Deputy Route Commander, RS2.13 Apapa, Mr. Chigbo Bartholomew who commended the effort of Vanguard in organising such walk, said the FRSC was not only after traffic but also conscious of health alertness of the masses.
He further urged stakeholders, organizations and individuals to organised such walks saying walking is the simplest form of exercise that can be easily done at one’s convenience and with a wide range of benefits such as reducing blood pressure, improving the mood, as well as staying strong and fit.
“We appreciate the effort of Vanguard Newspapers in organising this walk and being that Road Safety is always conscious of anything that needs to do with health because without walks like this, an individual will not be healthy physically and mentally. For health alertness and maintaining orderliness on our roads there is need to partner with Vanguard Newspapers.”
In his contribution, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Lanre Ogunnowo of the Kirikiri Police Command noted that generally, walking as a form of exercise is good. “As for me, the nature of my job does not give me much time to exercise, but this walk serves as an opportunity for me and I will like to encourage Vanguard not to relent in such initiative.”