Firm Health Ghana Foundation is a not for profit organization whose focus is to improve kidney health in Ghana, is non-partisan and humanitarian organization whose focus is to promote good kidney health through education, advocacy and support. Firm health Ghana develops initiatives to save and improve the lives of Ghanaians affected by kidney disease. Firm health is committed to support in long term families and children affected by kidney disease.
Firm health Ghana foundation continues to strive to expand its programs to promote good kidney health and at the same time support those people living with chronic kidney disease. Luckily, deaths from cardiovascular disease, most cancers and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are on a massive decline.
Firm Health Ghana foundation has taking another steps in promoting health of people in Ghana, Firm Health Foundation Ghana has started health walk exercises which will take place every last Saturday of each month at Tarkwa in the western region of Ghana with addition of free medical screen to help check people sugar level, BP etc. The first health walk exercise took place on 29th May 2015 at Tarkwa which saw a number of people from all over Tarkwa who took part in the exercise, the number of people who came for the health walk were managers, professional bodies, bankers , nurses ,community members , children and doctors.
Dr. Joseph Darko who is a member of Firm health Ghana foundation talk to the people who attend the health walk exercise about the need to do regular exercises and the benefit they will get. This are some of the benefit Dr. Joseph Darko talked about.
It’s a gentle, low-impact form of exercise that’s easy, free and suitable for people of all ages and most abilities. Here’s why it’s so good for you
- It strengthens your heart, regular walking has been shown to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. It lowers levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while increasing levels of HDL (good) cholesterol and keeps blood pressure in check. “Anything that raises your heart rate and gets your blood pumping is a workout for your heart and circulatory system. According to the Stroke Association, walking briskly for up to 30 minutes can help prevent and control the high blood pressure that can cause strokes – reducing your risk by up to 27 per cent.
- It lowers disease risk, as well as heart disease, a walking habit can slash your risk of developing type 2 diabetes, asthma and some cancers. Taking more steps every day can help ward off diabetes, regular exercise such as walking could reduce risk by up to 60 per cent. Those of us who are active have around a 20 per cent lower risk of developing cancer of the colon, breast and womb than those least active.
- It keeps weight in check “If you’re trying to lose weight, you need to burn about 600 calories a day more than you’re eating. Putting one foot in front of the other is one of the easiest ways to do that.” A person weighing 60kg burns 75 calories simply by strolling at 2mph for 30 minutes. Increase that to 3mph and they’ll burn 99 calories. Speed it up to a fast walk (4mph) and that’s 150 calories. Walking also increases muscle mass and tone and the more muscle you have, the faster your metabolism – so the more calories you burn, even at rest,” he adds.
- It boosts your vitamin D levels, If you’re walking outside in daylight, you’ll be boosting your body’s stores of vitamin D – a nutrient that’s hard to get from food, but that we can synthesise from exposure to sunlight. Many people in Ghana are deficient in vitamin D and it’s a nutrient that plays a big role in everything from bone health to immunity.
- It gives you energy, It might seem like a paradox (and the last thing you might feel like) but a brisk walk is one of the best natural energizers around. It boosts circulation and increases oxygen supply to each and every cell in your body, helping you to feel more alert and alive. It wakes up stiff joints and eases muscle tension so you feel less sluggish. Always have a mid-afternoon energy slump at work? Head out for a walk at lunchtime instead of sitting in a café or at your desk and see what a difference it makes. Here are some other quick ways to boost your energy levels. Said Dr. Joseph Darko.
Firm Health Ghana Foundation, Akpah Sylvester Project Co-ordinator encouraged everybody at the health walk to take exercise very serious and as part of daily activities which will help improve our health and mental state.
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