The Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Mr Joseph Yamin, has urged educational institutions not to concentrate on only academics, but also pay attention to physical education of its students for healthy living.
“Physical fitness is essential for academic work and when you exercise well, you have very good blood circulation to keep you fit all the time,” he said.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Valley View University Gymnasium, the minister said regular exercise would provide students with a healthy mind for academic work.
Mr Yamin commended the university and advised both lecturers and students to make use of the facility to achieve its intended purpose.
The Gym facilities include cardiovascular health machines, weight machines, aerobic machines, massagers, physiotherapy equipment, foot gears, gloves and hydration equipment, among others, valued at GH¢129,766.95. The items were donated by the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA).
The Vice Chancellor of the university, Dr Daniel Bour, said a health screening exercise organised by the university's hospital revealed that about 50 per cent of the members of the university community were either obese or overweight and about the same percentage were hypertensive.
He said among the recommendations to address this health defect was that the community should take part in physical activities and that underscored the need for a gym facility in the university.
Dr Bour disclosed that the strategic plans of the university was to establish a sports stadium by 2020.
He expressed his appreciation to ADRA for the gym and encouraged members of the university community to use it effectively in order to derive its benefits.