CARIBBEAN WELLNESS CELEBRATION, SEPTEMBER 2019
The Ministry of Health, Agriculture, Sports and Human Services through the Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit, Special Needs Unit in collaboration with Senior Citizens groups observes Caribbean Wellness nationwide again during the entire month of September 2019.
Caribbean Wellness Day is celebrated annually on the second Saturday in September throughout the Caribbean Region. This year it will be celebrated, on the 14th of September. The aim is to increase awareness and promote activities to address the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which continues to severely impact the health, economy, and development of the region including the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Each year, the overall theme of Caribbean Wellness Day is “Love that body.” Aside from the overall theme, Caribbean Wellness Day also has a special theme. This year, the theme is “Healthy Aging Starts Now.”
Hon. Edwin Astwood Minister of Health Agriculture, Sports and Human Services stated; “We have to start eating what’s good and avoiding what’s bad” he further stated that positive aging starts from birth, the way we care for our children, the way we educate our people, taking into consideration all stages of the lifecycle.” Research has shown that regular exercise and physical activity can reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that occur with aging.
We invite the general public to join us in the activities slated for your island. The activities are as follows:
Commencing on the 9th – 13th to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors are:
9th September – Mental Health Monday and Health Matters Radio Show Live on RTC
10th September – Take a Fruit to Work/School Day Tuesday
11th September – Drink Water Wednesday
12th September – Walk, Run, Push, Cycle (Fitness) Thursday
13th September – Hug and Relaxation Friday
TIME- 6pm on all islands for events below
Also, commencing on Friday 13th venue Horse Stable, is the first Island event on North Caicos Planting of the Maypole and Rock Rattle and Roll Event oldies dances - Shattie, 2 step poker and waltz along with chair aerobics.
21st Providenciales Five Cays Community Centre
27th Salt Cay - Salt Cay Shed
28th Grand Turk - NJ Francis Ball Park.
TBD South Caicos Parade Grounds
We look forward to your participation in these event as we together make the Turks and Caicos Islands a Healthier Nation. Come by foot, bike, wheelchair, car, boat or plane. Don’t miss out on prizes and surprises.
The Ministry recognizes that all individuals have a responsibility when it comes to healthy living and wants to encourage all individuals in the Turks and Caicos Islands to make a least one lifestyle change as we celebrate Caribbean Wellness during the month of September. Director of Health Promotion and Advocacy Unit Aldora Robinson stated “We not only encourage you to make the change but to make it and keep it. Evidence has shown that persons who start exercising in later life can also improve their heart function”. We remind everyone that “Your health and that of your loved ones starts with you!”
For more information, contact the Health Promotion and Advocacy unit on 3382772.