Brighter Purpose Foundation, education and health advocacy group, in conjunction with the El-wak Keep Fit Club on Saturday organised an aerobic exercise, at the El-wak Sports Stadium in Accra, to sensitise the public on the dangers of diabetes, a major health problem that is associated with high blood sugar.
Dubbed ‘Diabetes Awareness Aerobics’ the participants underwent about two hours of aerobic exercise under the supervision of physical training instructors to keep fit and improve on cardiovascular health.
“We are using aerobics to drive away diabetes,” the chairman of the club, Emmanuel Tetteh told the Times Sports.
He added: “We are here to throw more light on the disease, it has been proven that exercise is one of the remedies that keep diabetes away.”
At the sideline was a diabetes screening by Health Belt Foundation, a non-governmental organisation that focuses on preventive health.
The Managing Director of Brighter Purpose Foundation, Maabena Webb, said November being diabetes awareness month, they decided to collaborate with the El-wak Keep Fit Club to raise public awareness on the dangers of diabetes, as part of their corporate social responsibility.
“We want to drum home the dangers of the disease; yes diabetes exist but there are ways to curb it through lifestyle changes, good balanced- diet, regular exercising, that is what we are doing today,” she said.
“As a country, we need to come together as policymakers and regulators and try to encourage vegetable production and make them available on the market and affordable under healthy condition,” Mrs. Webb said.
She advised the public to exercise to burn the carbohydrate and fat intake and encourage the use of non- sugar, no- calories sweeteners such as Splenda stevia.
The Chief Patron of the El-wak Keep Fit Club, Dr Madeez Adamu Issah said diabetes awareness month was a significant occasion for the club to join forces to increase public awareness on the need to avoid sedentary lifestyle but remain active to improve general well-being.
BY SALIFU ABDULRAHAMAN