The Diet Unit of the Ministry of Well being, Welfare and Senior Affairs lately held a vitamin truthful at Piaye Excessive Faculty with the goal of offering college students with data on wholesome consuming, energetic residing and basic wellness.
Chief Nutritionist Lisa Hunt highlighted the significance of a wholesome consuming plan and staying bodily energetic to forestall persistent non-communicable illnesses.
“We’re very joyful to be right here with you as a result of the one cause we’re right here is to instill wholesome consuming habits and we would like folks to maneuver extra. As you all know, every of you college students has somebody you understand with a persistent sickness, whether or not or not it’s diabetes, hypertension, most cancers, or different persistent sicknesses. And why do we’ve so many individuals burdened by these illnesses? It is as a result of we name it way of life illnesses. They are often prevented. As much as 70% of them might be prevented. So what we eat and our way of life will decide our well being.”
The Minister of Well being Hon Moses Jn Baptiste says that he’s happy with this exercise and expresses his hope that the teachings realized on the truthful will likely be used to vary the profile of persistent illnesses in Saint Lucia sooner or later.
“Reveals like this and workshops like this hopefully make you conscious of the state of the sorts of issues we’ve in Saint Lucia. You aren’t too younger to learn about this and it’s now that you must make the choice, the adjustments in what we eat, how we train, how we deal with life and wholesome residing to guard ourselves sooner or later.
Piaye Excessive Faculty college students shared their experiences on the vitamin truthful.
Angel Mc Farlane stated: “I felt good that that they had a good within the faculty as a result of it helps us to know the best way to eat correctly and the best way to keep our physique eating regimen. My opinion of the truthful is that I realized a few issues. I realized the proportion of salt and sugar that some snacks include; primarily the snacks that I eat. I used to be taught to concentrate on that.”
Nakim Joseph stated: “I felt that the well being truthful was crucial to us. It was very academic and he talked to us concerning the threat that exists for once we go additional on what we should always not do, what we should always do to maintain our physique wholesome and for a protracted and wholesome life.”
Petal Thomas stated: “I feel it is essential to eat wholesome as a result of as a scholar, we eat junk meals day-after-day and in the present day they got here to indicate us a greater option to eat. I feel the truthful was superb, I actually appreciated it.”
The vitamin truthful supplied college students with data on vitamin, dental hygiene, substance abuse, and stress administration, to call just a few.