The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has charged Ghanaians to embrace regular physical activity to improve our physical and mental well-being.
Dr Bawumia made the charge during the maiden edition of the National Fitness Day which came off Saturday, September 10th 2022 at the Accra Sports Stadium.
Thousands of Ghanaians joined the Vice President for the walk with other notable dignitaries in attendance including the Ga Mantse, King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, Minister of Youth and Sports, Mustapha Yussif, former boxing world champion Azuma ‘Zoom Zoom’ Nelson and many others.
Speaking during the event, which involved a walk and a series of aerobic exercises, the Vice President called on Ghanaians to use exercise as a means to improve their well-being which in turn will lead to more productivity improve efficiency at work.
‘’If we are healthy in body, we are healthy in mind, and so we want to make sure that Ghana is healthy, and the national fitness day should help us build fitness and that means better productivity for us,” Dr Bawumia said.
The National Fitness Day is a monthly event held on the second Saturday of each month to promote fitness across the country.
It was conceptualised by Vice President Dr Bawumia, who presented the idea to the Ministry of Youth and Sport with the support of the President, Nana Akufo-Addo and after approval by Cabinet.
Thousands of Ghanaians, particularly the youth, turned up to make the maiden event a huge success.
“This morning, I joined His Royal Majesty King Tackie Teiko Tsuru II, the Ga Mantse and thousands of Ghanaians at the Accra Sports Stadium for the maiden edition of the National Fitness Day. After mooting the idea to the Ministry of Youth and Sports last year, and following President Akufo-Addo’s full backing and subsequent approval by Cabinet, it was really exciting to exercise with Ghanaians from all walks of life, especially the youth, who demonstrated admirable passion throughout the nearly two-hour exercise.
“I commend the Ministry of Youth and Sports for the successful implementation, as well as all those who observed the maiden edition in Accra, and across the country. I encourage all to embrace regular physical activity and the National Fitness Day on the second Saturday of every month to improve our well-being.” Dr Bawumia noted on Facebook after the program.