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Campaign to combat childhood obesity

Campaign to combat childhood obesity
15 Jun
2018

Prime Minister Mia Mottley wants every Barbadian child to learn to swim.

This indication from Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic during the launch of a campaign to combat the incidence of childhood obesity in Barbados.

The minister says the burden of childhood obesity is large and projected to continue to grow if decisive action isn't taken.

He's therefore outlined several of his Ministry's plans aimed at prevention, rather than cure.

The campaign, which is being spearheaded by the Heart and Stroke Foundation is called Stop! Yuh Too Sweet!

It was launched during a ceremony at Frank Collymore Hall, under the patronage of Governor General, Dame Sandra Mason.

The event featured the signing of a national accord in support of the campaign by Dame Sandra, the presentation of awards to champions of the cause and a dance performance by students of the Reynold Weekes School.

Chief executive officer of the Foundation Fiona Anthony, says the campaign is seeking to change the obesogenic environment which exists in schools.

The head of a regional group established to combat chronic diseases wants those in the highest political office in Barbados, to re-establish the country as a global leader in health.

President of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition Sir Trevor Hassell, is therefore suggesting Barbados be represented at the United Nations's meeting on chronic diseases, which takes place in New York later this year.

He made the call during that launch of a campaign seeking to combat childhood obesity in Barbados.

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