Well over 400 participants from across the corporate world, keepfit clubs, Fire Brigade Ghana, Red Cross Society Ghana, Ghana Prisons Service, Ghana Ambulance Service, Tailors & Dress Makers Association and the Pensioners Association participated in the 4th Edition.
This monthly health event which is geared towards creating more awareness on kidney health and the need to maintain healthy lifestyles comes off on the last Saturday of every month. This event is used to iterate the crucial role the kidneys play in our bodies and the need to develop interventions to curtail the increase in diabetes and hypertension which are the major causes of kidney failure.
Organized by Firm Health Ghana Foundation (FHGF) in partnership with Space fm (87.7), Dynamite fm (88.9) and sponsored by Washington Rentals and So Nice Drinking Water, the 5th Edition started with a 5KM Health Walk at exactly 5:50am from the T&A Park through some principal streets in Tarkwa notably, Lowcost road, Hotel de Hilda, Tamso Estate Junction, Efuanta, UMaT, Takoradi Station, Post Office, Banking Lane and back to the T&A Park. The walk took participants close to 1hr 15minutes to complete.
Physical instructor (Mr. Isaac Sowah Kumah) then led the enthusiastic participants through 35 minutes of aerobics exercises amid danceable tunes. This was followed by 25 minutes interactive health talk session on diabetes delivered by Dr. Joseph Darko. He commended participants for turning up in their numbers for this health and fitness exercise. He also advised them to engage in healthy lifestyles to realize the benefits of this monthly exercise. ?We must not wait till the end of the month to join the walk instead our mindset towards exercising must change and we should make it a part of our daily activities? he said.
He continued that, diabetes which is one of the major causes of kidney failure is manageable but its situation can be worsened by poor eating habits, lack of exercising, excessive smoking and drinking, not adhering to prescribed medication, etc. Finally, he advised participants to periodically go in for check-ups to enable the early discovery of these preventable diseases. Participants were then refreshed with fruit salad. The whole health event ended at exactly 8:30am.
The next edition is scheduled for October 31, 2015 at the same venue (T&A Park).
Emmanuel Amarh Ashitey.
Firm Health Ghana Foundation
Mobile Phone (233) 20-754-1684