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(PRESS RELEASE) – As part of efforts to educate students about diabetes, the Department of Health & Wellness is visiting schools to bring awareness of healthy lifestyle and well-being.
Students and teachers were granted the opportunity to receive valuable information about diabetes, physical activity, healthy eating and lifestyle as the Department of Health & Wellness hosted health activities at the schools.
Family Life Educator Janelle Alexander-Dupre says it is important that students learn about diabetes at an early age so that they will be empowered and feel confident in caring for themselves.
“As we know we have many persons becoming diabetics and even at a younger age. Before, it use to be where older persons would get the diabetes but now we are having younger and younger persons developing the condition and the only way this can change is if they know what nutrition is all about, what diabetes is all about and what sugar does to the body.”
Soca Fit Instructor Miquel LaPorte says it is extremely important that students engage in physical fitness to ensure they are healthy.
“It was important with Soca Fit to partner with the Ministry of Health to just be able to get that sort of mentality to people; to just get them to physically move, this is what I do, I provide the sessions and to get the students to get accustom to the idea of movement, to get them used to moving and that can part of their lives and it is not something extra that you have to add and you can have fun. So, you get into the movement, you get use to it, it is healthy for you, it is part of your lifestyle and something you can enjoy doing and hopefully they can carry that in their more formative years.”
Nutrition Officer Shirlan Edward applauded the initiative and says it is necessary that they are proactive in ensuring that students eat healthy.
“This activity is important because right now what we realize is that for me when the clients get to my office, it is not too late but it is not too far gone. So if we start now and educate and show them what they can do to prevent diabetes that is better than starting in the end. So, this activity in teaching them how to exercise, how to eat properly. Today, we spoke about the different type of sugars, we spoke about portions, we spoke about moderations, about the different foods they need to cut down on and those they need to increase. These are the important things that help them prevent these chronic conditions that are linked to our everyday lifestyles.”
The health fair provided services such as exercise sessions, nutrition exhibits and face painting for students and blood sugar testing for adults.
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