Hanover Par­ish Coun­cil to launch well­ness pro­gramme

Jamaica Gleaner - - WESTERN FOCUS - Clau­dia.gardner@glean­erjm.com

MAYOR OF Lucea Wyn­ter McIn­tosh says he will fol­low the lead of the Hanover Par­ish Li­brary and spear­head a work­place well­ness pro­gramme at the mu­nic­i­pal­ity to pro­mote phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity and re­duce non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases (NCDs).

McIn­tosh was speak­ing with Western Fo­cus fol­low­ing his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the launch of the first work­place well­ness pro­gramme and health expo for Hanover, which was staged by the Hanover Par­ish Li­brary Net­work in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Hanover Health Depart­ment at the Lucea Li­brary at Wat­son Tay­lor Drive, last Thursday.

“The launch of this work­place well­ness fair is ab­so­lutely awe­some. The HPC (Hanover Par­ish Coun­cil) is fully on board, and I trust that the other agen­cies in the par­ish will come fully on board as well,” McIn­tosh said. “The sec­re­tary-man­ager and I are in se­ri­ous dis­cus­sions now, and cer­tainly, be­fore the end of October, the HPC will have its own work­place pro­gramme. So I will be get­ting on board some sup­port staff that will come and as­sist the staff in the evening so that we can have work­outs.

“With my lit­tle work­out to­day, al­ready I started feel­ing some ef­fects, but cer­tainly as you go Team mem­bers of the Hanover Par­ish Li­brary Net­work pose for a photo with of­fi­cers from the Hanover 4-H Clubs. The Hanover 4-H staged an ex­hibit on healthy foods at the event. along, it will just be ben­e­fi­cial ... . At the next sit­ting of coun­cil, I am go­ing to make sure I en­cour­age ev­ery head of agency to sup­port this kind of healthy life­style,” the mayor added.

PRO­MOT­ING PHYS­I­CAL AC­TIV­ITY

The Min­istry of Health’s Na­tional Strate­gic and Ac­tion Plan for the Preven­tion and Con­trol of NCDs in Jamaica 2013 to 2018 aims to re­duce phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity by five per cent by 2018.

Ac­cord­ing to the plan, “the global and na­tional bur­den and threat of NCDs con­sti­tutes a ma­jor pub­lic health chal­lenge of the 21st cen­tury that un­der­mines the so­cial and eco­nomic devel­op­ment world­wide and in Jamaica” and “ur­gent ac­tion is re­quired to mit­i­gate their im­pact in Jamaica and the rest of the world”.

“In Jamaica, for the last three decades, NCDs have emerged as the lead­ing cause of mor­bid­ity and mor­tal­ity. Data from the Sta­tis­ti­cal In­sti­tute of Jamaica show that for 2009, dis­eases of the cir­cu­la­tory sys­tem, neo-plasms, en­docrine and meta­bolic dis­eases, and dis­ease of the res­pi­ra­tory sys­tem ac­counted for ap­prox­i­mately 60 per cent of deaths among men and 75 per cent of deaths among women,” the doc­u­ment said.

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