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Posted: Monday, September 27, 2021. 4:11 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Ministry of Health and Wellness said today that its commemoration of Wellness Week 2021 is being observed in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), and the Central American Integration System (SICA).

“Wellness Week is commemorated annually in partnership with PAHO, CARPHA, and SICA and acts as a significant reminder of the powerful impact that personal habits and daily actions have on overall health and wellbeing,” said the Ministry of Health and Wellness (MOHW) in a statement on Monday. “This year, Wellness Week is September 27 to October 1 under the theme “Seeking occupational health and wellbeing in times of COVID-19.”

MOHW is celebrating Wellness Week 2021 with a series of daily virtual discussions on Zoom dealing with topics such as wellness and physical activity at the workplace, the importance of physical activity for integral health, healthy eating, exercise, the importance of self-care, mental health at the workplace, and the importance of being present.

These sessions “are intended to serve as catalysts to promote healthy lifestyle choices and connect organizations to supportive networks to empower individuals to pursue healthy nutrition to strengthen immunity, increase physical movement to improve energy, enable better sleep to increase creativity, and foster a deeper sense of being present to enjoy the peacefulness and a heightened sense of purpose”.

“This week’s activities are a call for organizations, both public and private sector entities, to strengthen support for staff and foster wellbeing to help prevent stress and create positive working environments,” said the MOHW emphasizing its commitment to raising awareness of the need to invest in the health of individuals.

The MOHW said its data shows that the Belizean population is affected by non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, putting the country in a precarious situation in the fight against COVID-19.

“At the start of the pandemic, 60% of hospitalized cases for COVID-19 also had obesity as a co-morbidity, and the situation has not improved since. Persons with these pre-existing conditions, especially if older, are more likely to develop severe symptoms of COVID-19 than those without underlying conditions. Furthermore, COVID-19 has created stress, fear, and frustration among all sectors of the population, particularly frontline workers in the health and security sector,” said the MOHW.

The MOHW said everyone is invited to join the Wellness Week virtual Zoom sessions which are intended to serve as catalysts to promote healthy lifestyle choices.

The Ministry of Health & Wellness said it wishes all Belizeans a safe and enjoyable Wellness Week 2021.

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