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Region celebrates Third Caribbean Wellness Day

9/11/2010

HUNDREDS of Barbadians are expected to converge on Browne’s Beach later today to take part in activities marking the third Caribbean Wellness Day.

Hosted by the National Task Force on Physical Activity and Exercise, the ‘Keep Moving Barbados’ event is expected to run from three to six in the evening.

The exercise will have locals taking part in several energetic activities including: beach volleyball, cricket, aerobics, the popular line dancing, paddleball, skipping, beach boot camp sessions, hopscotch, a beach walk led by Coastal Zone Management Unit staff, and a hike led by the Barbados National Trust to some of the historic sites of nearby Bridgetown.

Speaking on the Caribbean Wellness Day Senior Health Promotion Officer at the Ministry of Health Denise Carter-Taylor outlined that the idea was an initiative of the CARICOM Heads of Government, who recognised the need to address the “rising tide” of chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs) in the region.

She noted that there has been a good response to the event, which was held in Bridgetown and Illaro Court respectively for the past two years with a significant number of Barbadians attending, but nevertheless stressed that the country still had a long way to go to address the high prevalence of CNCDs.

“We have a lot of work to do, but the whole idea of healthy eating is very topical. However, people are starting to make an effort, but we have a long way to go,” Carter-Taylor stated, adding, “There is a rising trend in terms of diabetes, hypertension, heart disease so we have to arrest that. So the task force if one of the ways that we are producing these activities”.

Pointing to the recently concluded two-day workshop, which was held for community leaders and fitness trainers, she stated that the Task Force was continuing its efforts to educate the country on the importance of being active. (JMB)

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