2m people die of excess sugar consumption annually, says Soludo’s wife

The wife of the Anambra State Governor, Mrs. Nonye Soludo has decried excess sugar intake among Nigerians, noting that over two million people die annually across the globe from ailments associated with sugar consumption.

Speaking at the flag off of ‘Walk For Life’ a programme organised by the Ultimate Business Women and Farmers Association of Nigeria, UBWFAN, in Awka, Soludo said people of all ages must endeavour to reduce the rate of sugar consumed in the interest of their health and well-being.

She noted that the figure was from research carried out by the World Health Organization and appealed to Nigerians to try as much as possible and adhere to recommendations as part of steps to reduce the level of mortality in the country.

“Salt is an important ingredient for food, but consuming it more than the recommended unit leads to serious health problems”, the governor’s wife added.

The guest speaker and the state Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Forster Ihejiofor, advised Nigerians to always exercise, noting that three to ten minutes of exercise every day could help to prolong life and eradicate diseases that normally occur when one does not exercise regularly.

He noted that since there is life in the blood, there is a need to clean the bloodstream through regular exercise and healthy dieting.

On her part, the national president of the association, Mrs. Nkiru Nwagbo applauded the governor’s wife for leading a campaign to make healthy living a household norm in the state.

She explained that the Walk for Life project is one of the many programmes organised by UBWFAN and aimed at lending support to women in business and farming.

According to her, “We are concerned not only about their physical well-being, but their mental strength. We believe that a healthy body transmits stability to the mind and the result is predictably, success in every aspect of life.

“This explains why we consider physical exercise a critical step towards the empowerment of women, including the vulnerable ones among us.

“It is our hope that our members will not only be physically ready to cope with the challenges of life, but psychologically and mentally equipped to run the race of life with renewed energy and vigour.”


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