Thursday, September 24th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: A Health and Wellness Open Day was held in Belize City as part of activities under Caribbean Wellness Week.
Using the slogan “Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Aging,” the Ministry of Health is promoting overall personal health. Dr. Jorge Polanco, liaison with PAHO on non-communicable diseases, says it is about promoting individual health now before having to spend lots of money treating disease.
Dr. Orlando Pelayo of the Belize Spa and Wellness Association provided a personal testimony of the benefits of a well-lived and healthy lifestyle, saying he got into yoga and healthy eating at a young age and had to persevere despite the thinking of his contemporaries who smoked, drank, and ate poorly.
CEO in the Ministry Dr. Peter Allen says today’s event leans more toward the true policy of the Ministry – that rather than curing illness, we should promote keeping ourselves well. He speaks of some of the initiatives being promoted by the Ministry countrywide, including promoting healthy activities in schools and giving nutritional supplements to kids.
According to the Ministry letters were also sent to organizations, agencies and workplaces encouraging them to have wellness activities for their workers. Some ideas include a walk-to-work day, healthy snacks, health checks and health education sessions.
The Ministry release states that Belize along with the Caribbean region celebrates Caribbean Wellness Day annually, engaging in various activities to reinforce health messages that promote wellness.
Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD), established by the CARICOM Heads of Government, commemorates their landmark Summit held on September 15, 2007 in Port of Spain, Trinidad to discuss the social and economic burden of CNCDs on the people of the region.
The Ministry of Health reminds the general population to reduce the intake of sugars, fats and salts and exercise a least three times a week.
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