Walk the Talk with the WHO

On 16 and 17 May, on the eve of the 73rd World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization (WHO) will organise its first virtual Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge. Here, we explain how you can get involved.  

  • The event will encourage everyone to engage in activities that promote good physical and mental health. 
  • You can get involved by submitting videos of your positive messages or physical activity sessions to get people moving and active, and by engaging with the #WalkTheTalk and #HealthyAtHome hashtags on social media.  
  • For more information, go to the event page on the WHO website.   

Why the Health for All Challenge? 

To support the ongoing efforts to promote ways for people to be #HealthyAtHome, encouraging them to engage in activities that promote good physical and mental health, including healthy diets, hand washing and mental health awareness. 

The event will celebrate health and be a platform to promote the need for everyone to have access to health services and for health champions to demonstrate how they are striving to promote and protect the health of people in their own way. It will also show the world is in #SafeHands with WHO. 

Who is organising it? 

WHO and the many partners who have supported the first two editions of the event, including governments, civil society organisations, philanthropies and scientific and academic bodies. 

How will it work? 

Starting at 7 a.m. GMT on Saturday 16 May at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, the event will run like an online virtual global relay, connecting WHO Regional and Country offices around the world before returning to Geneva 24 hours later on 17 May, the opening day of the 73rd World Health Assembly. 

The event will offer opportunities for people to participate through a range of online platforms in a variety of virtual, timed events: yoga, exercise classes for all ages and abilities, meditation, information sessions, cooking demonstrations, and live chats with health experts on topics ranging from physical and mental health to nutrition and healthy ageing. Every hour, the activities will include a video physical activity session by a top athlete or coach to get people moving and active. 

How can I get involved?  

By posting a short pre-recorded or live video of yourself sharing a home workout or a positive message on social media, using the event hashtags #WalkTheTalk and #HealthyAtHomeYou can also participate in any of the activities yourself and ask your family and friends to take part too.  

To find out more about the Health for All Challenge on 16 and 17 May, click here