IOC, WHO, UN in healthy together sporting partnership
THE International Olympic Committee, WHO and the United Nations have launched a partnership to encourage individuals and communities around the world to be #HEALTHYTogether.
The three partners and Olympic athletes will spotlight the global collaboration needed to stay healthy and reduce the spread and impact of Covid-19.
According to the partnership, Olympic athletes will help deliver important public health information, to inspire people to adopt or continue behaviours that will curtail the pandemic and provide information that promotes physical and mental health.
The partnership kicked off today with Olympians around the world showcasing various exercises to stay healthy during this time.
Results from a recent WHO survey showed that many people who had severe Covid-19 disease were already living with or at risk for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
The results emphasise the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle including being physically active, having a healthy diet, and avoiding tobacco and alcohol.
“We are pleased to partner with the International Olympic Committee to spread important health messages that will save lives.
Olympians will help us advocate for healthier populations to ensure that people are as resilient as our health systems must be to fight Covid-19,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general, WHO.
IOC President Thomas Bach said that sport can save lives.
“We will ask our Olympic athletes to help share the information and best practice that the world needs now.”
The unprecedented challenges and change from the Covid-19 pandemic to the ongoing struggle for racial and social justice, to the climate crisis there has never been a greater need for global need for global solidarity and hope, United Nations secretary-general, António Guterres, added.
Over the past six months, the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted every corner of the globe and every aspect of people’s lives.
The world is looking for global institutions to work together and for leaders to deliver reliable, credible information from sources they trust.
Olympic athletes are symbols of strength that can act as trusted messengers for this information.