Ministry of Health celebrates Caribbean Wellness Day

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Ministry of Health celebrates Caribbean Wellness Day

The Ministry of Health, Wellness, Human Services and Gender Relations is spearheading the local observance of Caribbean Wellness Day which is on Saturday, September 14.

In keeping with this year’s theme “Safeguarding the health of our youth for a brighter future,” there will be a health fair on  the William Peter Boulevard in Castries on Friday, September 13.

Nurse Benedicta Payne, the assistant principal nursing officer, gave a rundown of what visitors to the health fair can expect.

“We have various organisations, ministries, businesses, display their healthy goods and services.  We’re going to have presentations as well and also physical activities just to portray movement and to give persons information on the chronic non-communicable diseases that afflict the country at this time.”

Phillip Sydney is coordinating the logistics for the health fair.  The private, public and civil sectors have collaborated with the ministry to empower Saint Lucians to have holistic wellness-mind, body and spirit.

Sydney said: “Caribbean Wellness Day is a crowd puller.  We expect the public to congregate in large number as usual, including the schools in the Castries Basin.  From the Thursday there will be the lockdown or closing down of the Boulevard for the site preparation for the activity. As early as Friday morning from 6 o’clock we will be there to ensure that participants come in early to set up so that by 9:30, everything will be in place.”

The Ministry of Tourism, Heritage and the Creative Industries, the Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Fisheries, and the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports have also lent their support to Saturday’s event which is a grand dance extravaganza.

Nurse Payne believes this will allow the public to see fitness as fun and not work.

The public is asked to note that the William Peter Boulevard will be shut down to vehicular traffic from Thursday, September 12 to facilitate the health fair and the dance extravaganza.

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