PHILIPSBURG–The Health Ministry’s Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is calling on residents to contribute to creating opportunities to promote and support good health and wellbeing during Caribbean Wellness Week and to apply what they have learnt to their daily lives.
Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) was observed across the region on September 8, to promote good health and wellbeing. CWD was expanded in 2011 to become Wellness Week in the Americas starting on September 8 and running until September 14. This was part of the United Nations political declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), it was stated in a press release on Tuesday.
This year’s theme is “Healthy Communities for All” and the slogan is “Building healthy communities for everyone.”
The CARICOM Heads of Summit on Chronic Diseases in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, in September 2007 established Caribbean Wellness Day.
Caribbean Wellness Day is observed every year on the second Saturday of September. It is an annual event which provides an opportunity to increase the awareness of the non-communicable diseases burden in the Caribbean; mobilise and strengthen public, private, and civil society partnerships for NCDs; promote multi-country, multisectoral activities in support of wellness; and showcase national and community-level activities to promote healthy living and encourage residents to develop good health practices.
CPS commended local non-governmental organisations (NGOs), foundations, institutions and organisations that join in contributing to influencing a difference by making efforts to educate and bring change to existing methodologies/vision-thinking in the best interest of patients and family members.
“Building a healthy community calls for all persons to be proactive and vigilant, ranging from patients, providers, planners, strategists, financier and decision-makers, etc., a collective approach and thinking are roads to success considering the limited resources,” it was stated in the release.
Caribbean Wellness Day observance was to be integrated into national NCDs programmes to ensure sustainability by the Caribbean Public Health Agency CarPHA.
Source: The Daily Herald https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/80553-cps-to-public-promote-good-health-wellbeing