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Fitbit and Will Smith Team Up to Put Health First




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Will Smith joins as Fitbit’s newest ambassador to launch exclusive content for social, Fitbit Premium, and upcoming YouTube Originals docuseries, “Best Shape of My Life,” centered on the physical and mental aspects of strength that define better health today.

A premium Focus To help you rebuild and redefine your routine, Fitbit and Will Smith are partnering to develop exclusive content within Fitbit Premium, which will feature a variety of health and wellness programs that focus on both physical and mental aspects of strength that define better health today.

Through video sessions featuring Will and his training team, Premium members can join along this journey through workouts, mindfulness sessions and more with everything from HIIT and strength training, to yoga and meditation.

The first session, launching on September 27, is designed to set the tone for your day with an inspiring and approachable workout with Will and his trainers.

Not only will this content offer a peek into Will’s own journey, but they conveniently fit into your daily routine – anytime and anywhere.

The program will expand over the coming months and joins the library of more than 500 workouts and mindfulness sessions already available to premium members.

Get in the “Best Shape of Your Life”
Over the past year, Will, like many of us, struggled with the lack of a regular routine, including his very public admission that he was in the “worst shape of (his) life.”

Now as he’s rebuilding his regimen, he’s documented his personal journey and progress along the way.

As a Fitbit user, Will has recently been using Charge 4 to help him get in better shape and redefine his health and wellness goals, tracking everything from his calories burned, activity and exercise, and daily steps counted.

Debuting later this fall on his YouTube Channel, the six-part YouTube Originals docuseries, “Best Shape Of My Life,” produced by Westbrook Media, will chronicle Will’s journey as he challenges himself to improve every aspect of his health and wellness, teaming up with special guests along the way.

Throughout the series, he’ll be using Fitbit to help him as he redefines his health and wellness goals, tracking everything from his calories burned, activity and exercise, and daily steps count, while also finding more time for mindfulness and improving his sleep.

Fitbit will be featured throughout his journey, so stay tuned to learn more and keep an eye out for how he’s using all the great new holistic health tools on his new Charge 5 as well.

You can join in on Will’s journey to better health with a Fitbit Premium membership, and be sure to follow Fitbit for even more behind-the-scenes looks in the coming months.

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The Role of NDLEA in Controlling Drug Abuse During and After Transforming Drug Addicts, being the title of a paper presented by Mr. Femi Babafemi, Director of Media and Advocacy, NDLEA as Guest Speaker at a webinar seminar organised by Guided Minds Initiative on Sunday 19th September, 2021

Let me start by stating that the activities of the NDLEA is divided basically into two, namely drug demand reduction and drug supply reduction.

Drug supply reduction, encompasses the law enforcement aspect of our mandate and this includes arrests, arraignment in court, conviction of traffickers, as well as seizures of consignments of illicit substances.
Drug demand reduction, on the other hand, includes all activities aimed at the prevention of drug abuse and treatment and rehabilitation of those addicted to drugs.

Drug demand reduction activities are central to our success as an anti-narcotic agency becasue, it will be dificult to clean up the society of illcit drugs if you have a large population of people who are addicted to illicit substances and are actively pushing the demand for these substances. To put it in another way, if the market is not existing, it will be difficult to sell illicit substances. Even as we turn up the heat on traffickers, as long as there is a market for illicit substances and active demand, our efforts will be defeated because suppliers, from cartels to mules that pound the streets, will contine to invent new ways to make brisk business. So it is imperative we take the users out of the equation, not by baton or handcuffs and getting them behind bar. It is by counselling and rehabilitation. To this end, we have the Directorate of Drug Demand Reduction, which is incharge of the counselling and rehabilitation services of the Agency.

Having said that, since the new leadership took charge of the NDLEA, efforts have been made to ramp up Drug Demand Reduction activities and increase our effectiveness. This has led to the signing, approval and operationalisation of the Standard Policy and Practise Guidelines (SPPG) on June 21, 2021. The SPPG is a document prepared by officers of the agency with the support of UNODC under the EU Project. NDLEA has a counselling and rehabilitation unit in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory commands. The purpose of the document is to harmonise the activities of all our counselling centres, by providing the framework for the process of counselling and rehabilitation across all 36 states. By enshrining uniformity of actions, it doesnt matter whether a drug abuser is being treated in the centre in Sokoto, or in Rivers State, the activities that will take place in all the centres are the same, from the initial assessment to the various phases of the therapy required by the individual drug abusers.

While we have drug abusers who are referred to NDLEA for counselling and rehabilitation, a greater number of those treated (or being treated), however, are often arrested by our operatives during operations such as raids of blackspots across the cities. They are subsequently referred to the Drug Demand Reduction unit for counselling and, where necessary, rehabilitation.
Only 21 of the NDLEA counselling centres are residential, i.e. able to accommodate those needing treatment for a length of time. The remaining facilities conduct brief interventions using the outpatient method.

So when our operatives conduct raids, drug users caught in the net are usually brought in and referred to the DDR for counselling, where it will be determined whether they need to stay in-resident for proper rehabilitation or could be treated with brief intervention.
During the initial assessment phase, our counsellors try to make the client understand that they have a problem, which is their abuse of drugs; they are enlightened about the consequences of abusing drugs and also informed of the option before them that they can utilise to help themselves, namely, turning themselves in for treatment, by enrolling for the residential program. Sometimes, they are allowed to start as outpatient clients, they come and go, until they are motivated enough to stay at the centre.

So far, we have done this successfully and no less than 4, 269 persons have been counselled and rehabilitated in NDLEA facilities across the country between January and August this year.

Our roles do not end with successful rehabilitation. We undertake aftercare as well. We try to facilitate their reintegration into society. Having lost friends, families and jobs, a rehabilitated drug user will find it difficult to be accepted back. Faced with stigmatisation, they are liable to relapse and fall back to their old habit of indulging in drugs. So it is still part of our role to ensure that they are accepted back by the human community. That is why we are engaging in massive advocacy to the community.

Before now, the popular notion was that once an addict, always an addict. But now, people are beginning to also understand that, yes, someone may have abused drugs, he can also stop abusing drugs, and become a responsible person who can make a meaningful contribution to society. This is where our Media and Advocacy Directorate plays a big role, with messages tailored to educate and enlighten the public and neutralise in them any discrimination that may stigmatize drug users.

One of the reasons people who use drugs do not accept to go for treatment is because of stigmatization. But when they know that their families, the community, the society will not stigmatise them, it will be easiest for them to come out to tell you, that, yes I am using drugs and I want to stop.

We have in the past eight months been taking the advocacy message to the grassroots across the length and breadth of this country. And it is heartwarming that society is buying into the idea so much so that states and communities have offered to build rehab centres for the NDLEA as well as set up War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, committees.
We are also working towards establishing special rehabilitation centres that will be all-encompassing in offering counselling and treatment for substance abuse, as well as medical treatment needed as a result of their addiction to illicit substances and also vocational training, whereby they can start their reintegration process.

Let me end this presentation by saying, this is not the job for the NDLEA alone, we need everyone to join hands to salvage the future of our country. And I believe this webinar is part of that process. Thank you all for listening and God bless.

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BREAKING: HealthPlus Launches Nigeria’s First Ever Digital ePharmacy And Access To Doctors




BREAKING: HealthPlus Launches Nigeria’s First Ever Digital ePharmacy And Access To Doctors 3285147_Healthplus_HD_logo+(1)



HealthPlus Limited, the largest and fastest-growing pharmacy chain across West Africa is set to revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry with the launch of Nigeria’s first ever e-Pharmacy. Nigerians can also now access a doctor or pharmacist instantly at a click.

Through the digitization of the Pharmacy and retail services, HealthPlus will now be transformed into a fully automated one-stop shop for Pharmacy Services Telemedicine Services Laboratory Services and, Beauty Consultation Services.

From the fully automated and interactive website, Nigerians can now access all the pharmacy services and consult a doctor right from the comfort of their homes or a click from their mobile phones.

According to Chidi Okoro, Chief Transformation Officer of HealthPlus Nigeria Limited, “we noticed a significant surge in online Pharmacy orders, and many customers organically resort to purchasing medicines online and getting them delivered at home. It is now considered not just the more convenient option, but the safer option as well.”

HealthPlus’ first-ever ePharmacy is in response to this shift and give Nigerians quicker access to the country’s best pharmaceutical care,

HealthPlus’ ePharmacy aims to deliver a user-friendly, all-inclusive online experience, that provides access to professional health care services using any device. HealthPlus ePharmacy is truly a ‘one-stop shop’ experience for health care services including telemedicine and laboratory services in partnership with healthcare providers such as MeCure.

In explaining the specialist nature of the ePharmacy platform, Chief Transformation Officer, Chidi Okoro also remarked that “our intention is to become the leading point of care for medicine use review, prescriptions management and pharmacist consultation services, by providing seamless end to end user experience. We will also be constantly updating our content with helpful information, articles, blogs, newsletters and company announcements.”

Amongst the new features, such as the “Speak To A Pharmacist” chat button on the site, the ePharmacy platform is interactive and gives better access to foster improved communication with our patients and customers. ‘

Afsane Jetha, CEO of Alta Semper Capital LLP, HealthPlus’s private equity investment partner, believes that this is another great stride in improving healthcare delivery in Nigeria by providing access to high-quality yet affordable medical and beauty supplies through a new and innovative platform. “We remain strongly committed to supporting the company strategically and financially in the years to come,” he assured.

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Verve Heralds 4th Edition of Nigeria’s Biggest Fitness Event With Multi-City Fitness Train




Verve Heralds 4th Edition of Nigeria’s Biggest Fitness Event With Multi-City Fitness Train





Asaba, Port-Harcourt, Ibadan, Abuja to Host Verve Fitness activations in build up to Lagos Grand Finale on November 6 has learnt.

Interswitch Group, promoters of the Verve Payments Brand, has announced the 4th edition of the ‘Verve Life’, which has come to be regarded as Nigeria’s biggest fitness and wellness lifestyle activation, incorporating the key pillars of fitness, fun and healthy food, taking place on Saturday 6th November, 2021 at The Landmark Centre in Lagos.

Ahead of the Grand Finale in Lagos however, fitness enthusiasts across five major cities in Nigeria including Asaba, Port Harcourt, Lagos, Ibadan and Abuja will be treated to high impact and invigorating activities lined up ahead of the grand finale Verve Life 4.0 fitness event.

To kick off this year’s edition of the Verve Life event, there will be a series of satellite events at designated facilities across selected cities in Nigeria including; Asaba, Port Harcourt, Lagos, Ibadan and Abuja in activations themed ‘The Verve Life Is Coming to Your City!’.

These satellite events will generally run through the months of September and October 2021 to culminate in the much-anticipated Lagos Grand Finale on November 6 at The Landmark Centre.

Away from the previous editions which were only held in Lagos, this year’s edition begins with satellite events across the country, to create space for more Verve cardholders and Nigerians who are passionate about their fitness and wellness to commune in their shared passion.

Cherry Eromosele, Group Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Interswitch Group asserted that Verve, as the leading homegrown payments card and digital token brand in Africa remains committed to improving the lives of Nigerians, and the Verve Life series of events prove to be viable avenues through which the brand makes good on that commitment.

She added that “This year’s event is themed ‘Fit to Live’ which encapsulates our reality of the past year. To live and thrive in the true sense of things, we all must attain some level of fitness and that is what the Verve brand presents with the Vervelife 4.0 and its activities.

This year’s Vervelife event like the others, remains true to its goal: to give fun and enlivening experiences to all those who participate.”

She urged participants to attend the event with their Verve cards as the card make them eligible for exciting activations and incentives such as unique challenges and raffle draws which offer chances to win exciting prizes and rewards.

She pointed out that though the pandemic disrupted last year’s event, the firm has put all measures in place to make this year’s edition a success and enjoyable in line with all COVID-19 safety protocols.

“The disruptions to the event last year have given us ample time to be better prepared for this year’s edition which inevitably will be bigger and more rewarding.

This also throws up the opportunity to bring in more Nigerians from across different regions of the country and give them the chance to experience the essence of the ‘Good Life’ philosophy, which is what the Verve Life lifestyle event essentially represents.”, she further stated.

The Verve Life event is an annual fitness and lifestyle event anchored by Verve card, Africa’s leading payment technology and card business, thus, providing its cardholders and Nigerians more than payment solutions.

The firm through the Verve Life platform avails Nigerians the opportunity to enrich their lifestyle with information on fitness, health tips, life hacks, beauty, fashion etc.
The Verve Life event is open to all fitness and wellness enthusiasts. This year, the event is expanded to include cardholders and Nigerians from across the country into a supportive community where they are free to commune and share their passion for fitness and wellness.
About Verve

Verve is Interswitch Group’s innovative payment cards and digital tokens scheme, offering products and solutions that enable consumers to transact across Africa and international markets.

We are proudly a pan-African payment scheme that provide EMV cards, cardless products and solutions to financial institutions, individuals, private organizations and government institutions across Africa.

Verve cards are accepted in 185 countries including 22 African countries, China, United Kingdom, United States and UAE. More information about Verve International can be found at

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