St. Maarten’s Prime minister to launch new health initiative

POSTED: 04/5/12 12:49 PM

St. Maarten -‘U 2 Can Move’ is the name of an initiative Prime Minister Sarah Wescot- Williams plans to launch in May even as the world prepares to mark World Health Day on Saturday April 7. The program will specifically target civil servants to create awareness on the importance of proper diets, exercise and a healthy lifestyle. The prime minister emphasized the importance of taking care of one’s health while young for the body’s longevity. This will be in keeping with this year’s World Health Day theme of Good health adds life to years’.

“There is much we can do for ourselves as individuals and as a country as far as good health is concerned. Information, diet and exercise are basic ABC’s, valuable in any situation. I want to encourage our health institutions, practitioners and NGO’s in this field to focus on educating our community on aspects of health and I call on all, especially our women, to take responsibility for their health, regular check-ups, and to heed warning signs such as aches and pains,” the prime minister said.

Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labour Affairs Cornelius de Weever revealed that some of his ministry’s activities for World Health Day will be postponed in light of its commemoration during ‘Holy Week’.

“As a matter of fact this theme will go throughout the year. It is an opportunity to globally promote awareness and call for a change and support for specific topics affecting the aging.”

Later he’d add, “St. Maarten should take the necessary steps to increase awareness on health issues, health awareness and personal health management. Hence our need for proper structures, infrastructures, support mechanisms and services for the increased population which must be designed and legislated.”

The ‘U 2 Can Move’ initiative will start with a mini health forum featuring doctors and nutritionists. It will also involve weekly zumba fitness classes.

Minister de Weever encouraged the nation to evaluate their lifestyle.

“Are you sleeping enough? Are you eating healthy? Are you exercising regularly? How are you dealing with emotional-sexual health and spiritual challenges and expressions?” he asked.

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