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Commonwealth launches stay healthy campaign

John Apea is Regional Coordinator of the Africa office of The Royal Commonwealth Society

The Commonwealth Office for Africa has launched a pan Africa competition to promote exercise during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The #stayhealthy competition encourages Africans and people of African descent in the diaspora to show how they use exercise, dance and music to stay healthy.

It was launched by Joy FM’s Super Morning Show host Kojo Yankson, and supported by the likes of former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Chelsea star Samuel Eto’o.

Speaking to JoyNews, John Apea Regional Coordinator of the Africa office of The Royal Commonwealth Society said that the objective of the competition is to show that one of the greatest preventative methods against Covid-19 and other viruses and diseases is being healthy.

“Over the past few years, we have witnessed an exponential increase in non-communicable disease and related deaths across Africa. Evidence points to the fact that our lifestyles and health can only change through must good nutrition, moderate intake of alcohol, quitting smoking and of course exercise.”

He added, “our challenge objective is simple. We want to show that whilst exercise can be free, fun and cool, it can also save lives against viruses like Covid-19 and other diseases such as diabetes, cancer and hypertension – all major non-communicable disease contributors to death”.

The Commonwealth challenge is partnered by Joy FM and Joy News and Technology R Us.

To enter the challenge, participants must create a fun video of 60 seconds or less that shows how they use exercise, dance and music to stay healthy during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The video must be shared on Instagram, Facebook or twitter with #stayhealthyRCSA  @tru_ghana and @joyfm in the tweet. The top 5 winners will dance away with Samsung smart watches. Competition ends 31 May.