Health Ministry finds another way to address issues of chronic non communicable diseases.
The Health Ministry is now focusing more of its attention on Chronic Non Communicable Diseases like Diabetes and Hypertension. The Diseases are responsible for some 60 percent of deaths annually according to Ministry figures.
On Friday The Ministry through its Chronic Diseases Unit launched a “Weight No More – Fit It!” Health & Wellness Campaign and competition.
The Three Month competition is open to sport clubs, gyms, community groups and NGO’s. There will be a reality TV show and radio Drama program though Merundoi highlighting the issues, struggles and triumphs of getting fit and living.
Trevor Smith who is part of the collaborative venture said the idea was developed with behavioral changes in mind.
Smith said the aim of the campaign and competition is to let persons get fit based on their body mass index. The BMI is a measurement of a person’s health based on their Height and Weight.
Dr. Karen Gordon-Boyle of the Health Ministry’s Chronic Diseases Unit cautioned that individuals are going around not knowing their true health status when it comes to diabetes and hypertension.
CARICOM’s Council for Human and Social Development has sought to address the issue of chronic non communicable Diseases.
It is an area that has found itself on the front burner of most Caribbean Countries since it is one of the leading causes of deaths within the region.