The First Lady of Croatia, H.E. Prof Dr Sanja Musić Milanović, was the special guest at the WHO Walk the Talk: Health for All Challenge, being held in Geneva on 22 May 2022.
“Regular physical activity provides significant benefits for the health and well-being of everyone,” said Prof Dr Musić Milanović. “This is why, through many years of the Healthy Living program, in Croatia we have been promoting physical activity and encouraging everyone to find their own way of being active for at least 30 minutes a day. Personally, my favorite forms of physical activity are running and walking.”
“The Walk the Talk challenge is very similar to our Croatian campaign “Walking towards health “and is a great way for all of us public health experts, policy makers and other stakeholders to show that we really do as we preach. I am very happy to walk together with thousands of people around the globe today to share the message of the importance of physical activity for health and celebrate our common commitment to the goal of reducing physical inactivity worldwide.”
During the event, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO Director-General, presented the First Lady with a 2022 Director-General Health Champions Award.
“I was honoured to present Professor Dr Sanja Musić Milanović, the First Lady of Croatia, with a 2022 WHO Director-General Health Champion Award for her tireless efforts to advocate for the strengthening of health promotion programmes around the world, especially in the European region,” said Dr Tedros. “Such leadership is critical for making real and lasting change in systems that help people be able to make the healthiest choices for their lives.”, the
Prof Dr Musić Milanović is an epidemiologist and professional in the areas of obesity prevention and health promotion. She is the leader of the multisectoral Croatian National Health Promotion Program Healthy Living. Her professional efforts are focused on creating supportive environments and encouraging people of all age groups to lead more active and healthier lives which she believes is a big step towards preserving and improving health.