Annually, the Environmental Service Providers Association (ESPA) sets out a day in every quarter as a “fun-day out” for its staff. These days are aimed at attaining a more productive, efficient, motivated and happy team by undertaking team building programs. This year’s last quarter fun-day out was a ‘walk for health’ program held on the Farmers’ day National holiday.
A research by Dr. Joseph Mercola states that 20 to 25 minutes of daily walking adds 7years to one’s lifespan. Walking triggers an anti-aging process, repairs old DNA and reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and many more diseases
According to researchers at the Stanford University, walking boosts creative inspiration. A person’s creative output increases by an average of 60percent when walking. This is evidenced in a statement by MAY WONG that Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, was known for his walking meetings. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has also been holding meetings on foot
It is in relation to the above benefits that staff of the Environmental Service Providers Association organised a ‘’Walk for Health’’ exercise program on the 1st of December, 2017 which marked famers’ day celebration in Ghana. The exercise started in the early hours of the said holiday at about 6:30am and lasted for about three hours. The day also saw different public and private groups, organizations and institutions burn some calories of fat as they walked the mountainside of the ‘Ayi Mensah’ road towards the Peduase lodge and rest stop.
The Executive Secretary of ESPA, Ms Ama Ofori – Antwi, admonished staff to stay healthy through regular exercise to promote individual well-being and to enhance productivity at work.
The day was crowned with socialization among staff members at the “Living room” restaurant where staff shared fellowship with one another and revived the professional but cordial inter-personal relationship.