Health Ministry Encourages Jamaicans to Practise Healthy Lifestyles

first_imgRelatedHealth Ministry Encourages Jamaicans to Practise Healthy Lifestyles FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisements RelatedHealth Ministry Encourages Jamaicans to Practise Healthy Lifestyles RelatedHealth Ministry Encourages Jamaicans to Practise Healthy Lifestylescenter_img Health Ministry Encourages Jamaicans to Practise Healthy Lifestyles Health & WellnessMay 10, 2012Written by: Toni-Ann Russell Six per cent of deaths worldwide are attributed to physical inactivity, which is said to be the principal cause of approximately 25 per cent of breast and colon cancers, 27 per cent of diabetes and 30 per cent of heart diseases.The World Health Organisation (WHO) also states that physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality.It is against this background that the Ministry of Health is currently embarking on various initiatives that will promote healthy lifestyles among Jamaicans, in keeping with one of the most significant goals of the national development plan (Vision 2030), which speaks to the preservation and wellbeing of Jamaicans.Vision 2030 Jamaica is the country’s first long-term national development plan, which aims at enabling Jamaica to achieve developed country status by 2030.  It is based on a comprehensive vision:  “Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business.”Director of Health Promotion and Education in the Ministry of Health, Ms. Takese Foga, states that the annual observance of ‘Move for Health Day’, on May 10 is one such initiative that the Ministry utilises to encourage individuals to engage in physical activities.Additionally, Ms. Foga notes that the observance of the day and the promotion of these activities, form part of the Health Ministry’s thrust to “strengthen and expand on-going initiatives through collaboration with schools, senior citizens associations and other stakeholders.”“Physical activity is a way of not just preventing, but controlling some of the diseases,” she said at a JIS ‘Think Tank’, on May 9.Ms. Foga also notes that it is pertinent that Jamaicans experience a shift from the perception that physical activity is just about participating in sports to the ideal notion that it is a way of life.According to the 2008 Jamaica Lifestyle Survey, more than 30 per cent of the Jamaican population is inactive, when compared to results obtained from studies done in 2000. The Lifestyle Survey also purports that only 33 per cent of Jamaicans are engaged in intensive physical activity.Essentially, Jamaicans are at great risk of contracting many of the non-communicable diseases, such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes due to high rates of physical inactivity and the adoption of unhealthy lifestyle practices.Commenting on the importance of physical activity and the plethora of health benefits that can be derived, Senior Health Education Officer, Ms. Charmaine Plummer, states that no matter how old you are, physical activity will help to improve your quality of life.Ms. Plummer said that there are several benefits to gain from being physically active, including the reduction of cholesterol as well as lowering the risk of developing hypertension and diabetes.“Physical activity does not only help to reduce the risk of developing hypertension and diabetes, it helps to regulate the flow of blood in the body and there is a reduced tendency for blood clots to form in narrow blood vessels,” she explained.“Every day is a day to move for health,” Ms. Plummer added, while pointing to the fact that exercise/physical activity aids in improving the wellbeing of individuals by decreasing the potentially harmful effects of stress, and promoting greater levels of concentration and productivity among students and employees.In addition to the focus on May 10, there will also be health fairs, community sport days, workplace competitions and the hosting of health education seminars in many communities across Jamaica from May 10 to 31. Story HighlightsSix per cent of deaths worldwide are attributed to physical inactivity, which is said to be the principal cause of approximately 25 per cent of breast and colon cancers, 27 per cent of diabetes and 30 per cent of heart diseases.The World Health Organisation (WHO) also states that physical inactivity is the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality.It is against this background that the Ministry of Health is currently embarking on various initiatives that will promote healthy lifestyles among Jamaicans, in keeping with one of the most significant goals of the national development plan (Vision 2030), which speaks to the preservation and wellbeing of Jamaicans.last_img read more

City of Malibu Offers Free Disaster Preparedness Class for Seniors and People with Disabilities

first_imgHomeBriefsCity of Malibu Offers Free Disaster Preparedness Class for Seniors and People with Disabilities Feb. 08, 2020 at 5:00 amBriefsEducationEventsNewsCity of Malibu Offers Free Disaster Preparedness Class for Seniors and People with DisabilitiesGuest Author1 year agoCity HalldisabilitiesFree Disaster Preparedness ClassMalibuseniors As part of ongoing efforts to enhance community-wide disaster preparedness, the City is offering two free courses on disaster preparedness for seniors and people with disabilities or mobility issues on Tuesday, February 18, 8:30 AM and Tuesday, March 3, 8:30 AM at Malibu City Hall.“Malibu has a whole-community approach to emergency preparedness,” said Mayor Karen Farrer. “Seniors and people who have mobility challenges are an important part of our community and are particularly vulnerable during a disaster. We have to ensure that they and their families are prepared, and that our emergency planning takes them into account.”Older adults and people with disabilities or mobility challenges will learn how to prepare for wildfires, earthquakes or other disasters. Will you be able to safely and quickly evacuate during a disaster if you rely on a wheelchair, oxygen or other medical devices, or if you do not drive?Participants aged 55 or older who complete the class will receive a free emergency preparedness kit. Photo ID is required to receive a kit.To register for either class, visit www.malibusafety.eventbrite.com. For more information or to register by phone or email, call 310-456-2489 ext. 368 or [email protected] by Matt Myerhoff, Malibu Media Information OfficerTags :City HalldisabilitiesFree Disaster Preparedness ClassMalibuseniorsshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentImmigrants embrace activism awaiting word on DACA’s future1 dead, 5 injured in Los Angeles residential building fireYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall6 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press10 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author10 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor17 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press17 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press17 hours agolast_img read more