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Miss Takese A. Foga
Behavior Change Communication Officer
Health Promotion & Protection
2 - 4 King Street, Kingston
Work # 922-0024 & Cel. # 869-6807
Inner-City Teenagers Benefiting from 'Teens are Terrific' Summer Camp - Jamaica Information Service
"We are especially proud of our young men," says Director, Health Promotion and Education in the Ministry of Health, Takese Foga, who co-ordinated the camp.
"Even though our ladies continue to impress us, the young men have really stepped it up a notch or two this year," she
tells JIS News
in an interview.
Speaking of the phenomenal achievement she
has observed in young male participants, Miss Foga
says that, "we know they have been faced with many things, some of them have been involved in fights and are face-to-face with individuals in their communities who may be reinforcing negative and aggressive behaviour, so to see them come to the camp and even hear them speak differently, trying to make a difference, we see where it has made a difference between when they came and when they left".
says that she
expected this kind of embracing reception to the camp, as over the last three years in the 21-year camp, "greater emphasis was placed on involving as many inner city communities as possible on a budget".Some $1 million was allocated to the funding of the camp.
"The goal of the camp was to provide a source of positive social influence primarily, but not exclusively, for inner-city youth from low income families that will enhance self-esteem, build self confidence, develop and improve relationships with youth and adults from diverse backgrounds, and lead to personal, social development," she
tells JIS News
says that the camp is seeking to remedy issues affecting teenagers, who may lack community and parental support to stem societal problems daily.
"Teenagers are impressionable and react rapidly to stimulus.As individuals, they need a general and personalized plan with their decision- making, to develop their inherent qualities.And, besides academics, children need to learn practical living skills, and spiritual practices, which provide a foundation for living in society as useful adults," she
is impressed with the feedback from participants."They are a lot more focussed and they appreciate who they are.They have better ideas of how they can impact their communities," she
Furthermore, Miss Foga
says the unit intends to do follow-ups on this year's participants to sustain the positive changes in the lives of the youngsters."This will give us a better glimpse of how different they are now from where they started.This way we will be able to see that they progress beyond what they accomplished at the camp, growing every month, every year," she
tells JIS News
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Takese Foga, Director of the Health Promotion & Education Unit at the Ministry of Health stated that it was "very timely for SwimJamaica to have this programme which is seeking to empower persons to have a fun and exciting option when it comes to doing physical activity."
Director of Health Promotion and ...
Director of Health Promotion and Education in the Ministry of Health, Ms. Takese Foga, states that the annual observance of lsquo;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 Ministrys 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 lsquo;Think Tank, on May 9.
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.
Others from second left are: District ...
Others from second left are: District Constable assigned to the Hannah Town Police Station, Fay Francis Campbell; Director of Health Promotion and Education at the Ministry of Health, Takese Foga; and Chairman, Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA), Dr. Elizabeth Ward.
Director of Health Promotion and Education in the Ministry of Health, Ms. Takese Foga, encouraged the participants to make full use of the centre as it will create a significant difference in their lives, and empower them to make better choices.
"When persons are empowered with the basic skills, self-esteem is built, persons are better able to interact with others and, more importantly, persons are better able to make better and healthier choices," she