The Ashanti Regional Police Commander and Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr Frank Adu-Poku, has cautioned people with health problems caused by heart attacks, strokes, injuries and other illness to contact qualified medical doctors before devising regimes or embarking on any strenuous exercise.
He noted that with the sound body and mind, people become mentally and physically strong and effective and this helps to reduce medical expenses and other health risks.
This was contained in a speech read on his behalf by Police Superintendent Nketia Frempong, Finance Officer of the Ashanti Regional Central Division of Police at the end of a day's Health Walk in Kumasi on Saturday.
The two-and-half hour walk was organized by Pharma Information Consult, a health information management consultancy firm in Accra and sponsored by Olfen group
The over 500 participants comprising students, health workers, members from various keep fit groups started the walk from the Presbyterian Primary school park at Bantama, through Bekwai roundabout to City Hotel area to Kejetia and ended at Asem boys' school at Fante New Town.
DCOP Adu-Poku said keeping fit involves taking some form of regular body exercises and adopting a well balanced nutrition at all times.
“Regularity of body exercise is desirable and it is important that no form of violent exercise or extreme exertion is undertaken suddenly. A gradual warming up and preparatory process is essential to prevent injury,” he said.
Mr. Noah Accolatse and Mr. Ernest Abbey, Chief Executive Officer and Pharmacist of the Consult respectively said the programme was organized annually and that it was first organized in Kumasi in November 2005.
Mr Abbey said the essence of the programme was to assist people to improve their health and security.
After the walk, the participants were taking through medical checks including, body mass index, eye tests, Blood Pressure (BP), body fats and blood glucose tests.