The Barbados National Registry for Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (BNR) will celebrate its 10th anniversary on Saturday, March 9, with an extravaganza at the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre, Jemmotts Lane, St. Michael.
Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic, will address the opening ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Presentations will follow from Professor Sir Trevor Hassell, whose topic will be Moving Toward a Healthier Nation; Professor Clive Landis – The UWI – A Research University and Professor Alafia Samuels – The George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Centre’s Commitment to Health Research.
From 11:00 a.m., the public is invited to participate in a number of activities, including line dancing with the Ministry of Health and Wellness’ Line Dancers, a Keep Fit Challenge led by the Barbados Defence Force, food sampling with a celebrity chef, yoga with JenZen Wellness, and aerobics.
There will be skits with the theme Know Your Symptoms, the public will hear from a heart attack survivor and will also have the opportunity to receive free health checks.
Children are invited to join the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s Youth Gym’s workout session, and all eligible persons are invited to donate blood to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s Blood Bank.
There will also be give-a-ways and prizes throughout the day.
The Barbados National Registry, which was established in March 2009, is a population-based surveillance system which comprises three registries monitoring stroke, heart attack and cancer.
The aim of the BNR is to collect timely and accurate national data on the occurrence of these three NCDs in order to contribute to their prevention, control and treatment.