The New Times Corporation (NTC) joined other institutions such as the 37 Military Hospital, the National Sports Authority (NSA) and personalities including the Member of Parliament (MP) for La Dade-Kotopon, Rita Naa Odoley Sowah for a special aerobics session with the El-Wak Keep Fit Club on Saturday at the El-Wak Sports Stadium.
Saturday’s exercise was a move by the club to partner corporate institutions to create awareness on the benefits of exercise and keep fit to keep the working populace fit and healthy.
The programme which forms part of the fitness club’s plan to engage corporate people on their fitness witnessed an intense two-hourworkout and a pep talk on health after the training.
Welcoming the guests, the Chief Patron of the club, Dr Adamu Issah Madeez, expressed the club’s delight at the responses from the individualsand institutions invited for the session.
He said the club was looking forward to a fruitful partnership with stakeholders as they attempt to make physical exercise a part of daily lives of people, especially the working class that makes little time to exercise.
Responding, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the La Dade -Kotopon, Ms Rita Naa Odoley Sowah, commended the club for the effort to get people to be involved in physical exercise.
Ms Sowah, who doubles as a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Youth, Sports and Culture encouraged the club to continue with their efforts, saying that sports foster unity, frown on discrimination and helps to keep body and soul together.
She encouraged members of the club to enroll their kids into the fitness programme to make it a lifestyle at a tender age and applauded women in the club and urged them not to relent on their training.
Mr Andrew Nortey, a Senior Sports Reporter on the Sports Desk who represented the Managing Director of New Times Corporation (NTC), Mr. Martin Adu, welcomed the club’s proposal to partner corporate institutions to get the working class fit and healthy.
He pledged the NTC’s readiness to partner the club to spread the benefits of physical exercise to the populace, adding that, “a lot of the sicknesses we fight against can be dealt with if we also take exercise seriously.”
Colonel (Dr) Seth Attoh,a Pathologist at the 37 Military Hospital, advised that the exercises must be alternated between aerobics and other form of sports to ensure that all the muscles in the body were fully engaged for maximum results.
He also asked that special attention was paid to Hypertension and Diabetes, which he described as the two killer diseases.
Mr. Emmanuel TettehSabutey, the NSA Greater Accra Region Technical Director also commended the club for the initiative and pledged his outfit’s support.
BY NANA BENTSI ODURO