Medical experts recommend adults get 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. Swimming is an excellent way to work your entire body and cardiovascular system. An hour of swimming burns almost as many calories as running, without all the impact on your bones and joints.
One of the biggest benefits of swimming is that it truly works your entire body, head to toe. Swimming: increases your heart rate without stressing your body, tones muscles, builds strength, and builds endurance among others.
To this end, the Chief Medical Director at the Family Health Hospital (FHH) and Founder of the Family Health University College, (FHUC) Dr. Susu Bridget Kwawukume, is urging Ghanaians to make swimming regular activity to improve their cardiovascular system.
Dr. Susu Kwawukume made the call during the official opening of the University’s swimming pool which comes to add to the numerous sporting facilities aimed at ensuring the fitness and well-being of students of the Family Health Medical School, School of Nursing and Midwifery, and the entire staff of the University community.
The modern designed swimming pool, according to the management of the university will serve multi-faceted purposes on campus which include, fitness and wellness services, recreation, and relaxation among other related academic research projects.
These services are to enhance the leisure time on campus while supporting a well-rounded educational experience for students.
The Chief Medical Director of FHH and Founder of FHUC in her address revealed that the university as part of its vision seeks to provide diverse facilities and programs that impact t positively the holistic well-being of its community.
She disclosed further that, FHUC is not just about academics but also, provides a conducive environment for the total body and soul hence, the provision of an additional modern swimming pool to the already existing sports facilities such as a tennis court, basketball court, table tennis, and a football field. There is also an indoor recreational room for students’ relaxation.
On her part, a renowned Lawyer and a Council Member for (FHUC), Mrs. Mary Kessie, shared the famous Latin phrase, “Mens Sana in Corpore Sano” meaning a “healthy mind in a healthy body”.
According to her physical exercise such as swimming will not only improve the condition of the body but also further improve the performance of the brain. This, she noted, will contribute to the total well-being and progress of the students in all facets of their lives.
Mrs. Kessie explained that the Family Health University College with the modern swimming pool, has again repositioned itself as a centre for holistic healthcare training.
The Hall Master of FHUC, Dr. Sampson Opoku averred that, in order to ensure the safe operations of the facility, comprehensive guidelines have been put in place for the benefit of all users, and therefore, urged all pool users to adhere to the guidelines set forth without exception.
Dr. Opoku announced that the professional services of a lifeguard have been engaged to facilitate the smooth operations of the facility and safety users.
Dr. Sampson Opoku, on behalf of the Hostel Committee, assured the University College’s Management and the entire community of their commitment to work harder to ensure the safe operations of the swimming pool.
In a short remark, the President of the Medical Student Association (MSA) Mr. Abeiku Zuriel Idun, expressed his appreciation to the University College’s Management, the Faculty, and all those involved in making the project a reality.
“Your dedication and commitment to enhancing our campus life are truly commendable. We are immensely grateful for your vision in providing us with this space for relaxation, exercise, and camaraderie”. He said.
Among the dignitaries that witnessed the commissioning of the facility are, Prof. Enyonam Yao Kwawukume, President and Founder (FHUC), Brig. Gen. Dan Frimpong (Rtd)-Council Chairman, Dr. Charles Fleischer-Djoleto-Dean (FHMS), and Mrs. Rita Kaine, Registrar (FHUC).
Others are, Dr. Patience Aniteye-Ag. Dean- (FHSN&M), Dr. Naa Adorkor Sodzi-Tettey- Lecturer and Clinical Coordinator (FHMS), and some Faculty and Staff members of FHUC & FHH.