The Head of marketing and entrepreneurship at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) Professor Robert Ebo Hinson on Saturday June 12, 2021 climaxed his Health for Wealth Walks, an initiative to amongst others keep students fit as a way of preventing non-communicable diseases prevalence among the youth in the country.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill 41 million people each year, this is equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally.
Each year, more than 15 million people between the ages of 30 to 69 years die from NCD; 85% of these “premature” deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
77% of all NCD deaths are in low- and middle-income countries.
Cardiovascular diseases account for most NCD deaths, or 17.9 million people annually, followed by cancers (9.3 million), respiratory diseases (4.1 million), and diabetes (1.5 million).
These four groups of diseases account for over 80% of all premature NCD deaths.
Tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets all increase the risk of dying from a NCD.
Detection, screening and treatment of NCDs, as well as palliative care, are key components of the response to NCDs.
Owing to these facts, Professor Robert Ebo Hinson initiated a health walk dubbed Health for Wealth Walks in 2018 to promote physical activity among students and lecturers of the University of Ghana Business School.
“I am proud to announce that we held our 7th H4W the last of my 3year tenure on Saturday June 12, 2021 following all covid-19 protocols” – Prof Robert Ebo Hinson
Gracing the last of the 7th Health for Wealth (H4W) walk series were Kwame Adom PHD, Senior Lecturer UGBS, corporate communications specialist, Shirley Tony Kum, Joynews’ Araba Koomson, Real Estate developer, Mr Prince Ntiamoah Boampong, coordinator of the MA marketing strategy sandwich programme at the UGBS, Professor Abdulai Mahmoud and CEO of Kaya Tours and host of ‘Ekwanso Dwoodwoo’ on OkayFm, Abeiku Santana.
Prof. Ebo Hinson added that the health for wealth initiative is also an opportunity for industry leaders and professionals to bond and create experiences that deepen a healthy student’s lecturer relationship.
Prof Ebo Hinson expressed profound gratitude to the over 200 students who took part in the 7th health for wealth walk initiative. This includes students from MSC international Business and MA marketing strategy sandwich programmes from the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS).