On 19th August, 2022, the Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Mustapha Ussif declared 10th September as National Fitness Day and every second Saturday of each month for every Ghanaian to engage in physical activities to promote good health and lower the risk of developing some avoidable diseases.
The Minister said the initiative was in response to a call from the Vice President, H.E Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia for a day to be set aside every month for Ghanaians to exercise and stay healthy, hence the media launch to create the awareness to the public.
He underscored the importance of this initiative in response to the Vice President’s request to set a day aside every month to ensure Ghanaians are in good condition of being physically and mentally fit to carry out daily tasks with vigor and alertness, without undue fatigue.
He said low physical activities and physical fitness levels poses a high risk for one to contract certain diseases associated with weak cognitive performance.
“There is the need for individual change and Ghanaians must also begin to exercise and prevent sicknesses and its associated medical bills,” he stated.
Mustapha Ussif reiterated that National Fitness Day was beneficial to all Ghanaians and the sports fraternity as a whole through promoting good health, community relations, mental health, etc.
“This concept is very common in the USA and UK and we would replicate same in Ghana and urge all to participate and stay healthy,” he stressed.
“A healthy nation is a happy and productive nation and everyone within the corporate and civil organizations must partner government to make the event a successful one,” he added.
The Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA) Prof Peter Twumasi, pledged his unflinching support for the initiative which he said would help promote sports in the country.
“This is one of the important activities to improve upon our sports and also get all Ghanaians on board to be healthy and stay away from the hospital,” he stated.
A representative from the Ministry of Education, Madam Shea Naa Boamah, noted that national fitness was something many desired and the initiative would help a lot of people to get along.
“Sports would help you to build unity and team spirit among Ghanaians and give the current generation a platform to build friendships within the virtual world of communication,” she stated.
A demonstration from the National Fitness Instructors was also held to encourage the public to engage in aerobics and other forms of physical activities.