(GIS) – The Department of Education with support from the Food and Drug Administration has been hosting a series of health fairs in the eight school districts. The aim is to strengthen the School Feeding Programme, educate the school population on non-communicable diseases among children, and to encourage healthy eating and positive lifestyle changes.
As countries around the globe seek to meet the United Nations Sustainable Goals (SDGs) which focus on poverty, zero hunger, good health and wellbeing, schools across Saint Lucia are doing their part to provide the support mechanisms needed to achieve these goals.
The Student Welfare Unit partnered with different school districts to showcase healthy eating options for the students.
Coordinator of the School Feeding Programme, Meriam Henville said instead of packaged snacks, there are healthier alternatives, while Merlene Jn Charles, a nutritionist with the Ministry of Health advised that healthy eating and exercise go hand in hand.
The activity was also supported by resource nurses within the health sector.