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Ministry of Health
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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."
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Miss Takese A. Foga
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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. Ms. Foga 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 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 pointed out.
Director of Health Promotion and Education in the Ministry of Health and Environment, Takese Foga, in outlining the day's activities, told JIS News that there would be screening, blood pressure checks, foot care and blood sugar tests by the Jamaica Diabetes Society, pap smears by the Jamaica Cancer Society and booths exhibiting different healthy lifestyle activities.The Jamaica Red Cross, she said, would also be observing World First Aid Day on Saturday, and would be on location with first aid demonstrations.Admission, she pointed out, is free.Presentations on healthy eating and container gardening by the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI), and the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA), respectively; physical activity demonstrations, and many other interactive, educational on-stage presentations, will also form part of the event.While acknowledging that behaviour change is difficult, Miss Foga asserted that the 2008 Caribbean Wellness Day theme, 'Love Your Body, Treat Your Body Right', is demonstrative of the need for individuals to begin to understand and reap the benefits of adopting a healthier lifestyle."What we want persons to understand is that when you are pursuing good health, when you are being encouraged to do things that are healthy, what you are doing is showing love for your body and treating your body right," she explained."It (Caribbean Wellness Day) is not intended to be a one off thing; it is intended to get the whole population sensitised as to what they can do to adjust their own lifestyle to stop this epidemic," Ms. Foga added, expressing hope that the activities would not be limited to this week, but would be on-going, in a bid to increase physical activities and improve healthy behaviour.She said that the activities, although for the general public, would target certain groups."We want to target those who are living a sedentary lifestyle and are not taking an active approach in preserving good health and those who have not committed to doing something for their own health to begin doing so now," Ms. Foga said.