The Cayman Islands will join the Caribbean community (CARICOM) in observing the first ever Caribbean Wellness day this Saturday, 13 September.
The observance of Caribbean Wellness Day was one of the decisions taken when the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government, deeply concerned about the physical, economic and social burdens caused by lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes, hypertension, stroke, heart disease, obesity and cancer, met in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on 15 September 2007 to design a plan of action to stop the epidemic of chronic Non-Communicable Diseases
In emphasising the need for collective action, leaders declared 13 September 2008 as Caribbean Wellness Day for the first time in the history of CARICOM.
Their goal is to mobilise support and awareness at all levels across the Caribbean of the growing epidemic and to encourage the population to engage in activities that will promote and sustain healthy lifestyles.
Caribbean Wellness Day will be observed annually on the second Saturday in September to promote healthy living and encourage residents to develop good health practices.
‘The aim of this initiative is to heighten the awareness of health and well being, and choosing healthy lifestyles,’ said Dr. Kiran Kumar, Health Services Authority medical officer of health.
He noted that eating healthy foods, exercising 30 minutes per day and checking and controlling blood pressure are key elements in maintaining good health.
In the Cayman Islands, the health services and the private sector will team up this Saturday to put on events to celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day.
There will be free health checks (including body-mass index, blood sugar and blood pressure) from 9am until 12noon at all District Health Centers, at the Cayman Islands Hospital, the General Practice Unit of Faith Hospital on Cayman Brac and at the Little Cayman Clinic. The free health checks will also be on offer from 10am until 2pm at Fosters Food Fair’s at the Strand.
Fosters Food Fair will also offer a 10 per cent discount on the juice brands Bolthouse, Naked, Summer Song and Lakewood Juices.
For more information on Caribbean Wellness Day, please contact the Health Promotion Officer, Therese Prehay on [email protected] or 244-2632.