Children at primary schools in
Savannah and Prospect got a taste of good health last week as part of Cayman’s
celebration of Caribbean Wellness Day.
Officials and staff from the Public
Health Department and the Ministry of Health visited the schools to continue a
fruit and water initiative launched in May.
The public health staff hosted a
health talk about the nutritional and health benefits of natural foods and,
afterwards, distributed fruit and water snack packs.
“In the Cayman Islands, our
objective for Caribbean Wellness Day and beyond is to foster appreciation for
healthy living. We also want to empower our children with practical knowledge,
such as the fact that fruit and water as well as exercise are essential for a
healthy life,” said Health Promotions Officer Therese Prehay.
“By inspiring our youth to make
better choices, we hope to create healthier future generations to come,” she
Caribbean Wellness Day is a
Caribbean community initiative observed in the fight against chronic diseases
affecting the Caribbean. The theme is “Love that Body” and the initiative aims
to promote and mobilise young and old to sustain healthy lifestyles by being
active and eating right.
Chief Officer of Health Jennifer Ahearn
and Bodden Town MLA Anthony Eden joined the visits.
Among companies that contributed to
the fruit and water initiative were Jacques Scott, Generali Worldwide, Foster’s
Food Fair and Dart Enterprises.
For further information on good
nutrition, call the Public Health Department at 244-2621.