Chief Executive Officer of Innovative Products and Service, Timothy Walker, presents??Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Ronald Jones, with Anion shoe liners??that can also be used to relieve pain in the back, elbows and other joints.??(Image: P. Thangaraj)

Spreading the message on healthy lifestyles and chronic non-communicable diseases is also the job of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development.

This was stressed today as Minister of Education, Ronald Jones, officially cut the ribbon to declare open a health fair for staff at the Elsie Payne Complex, Constitution Road.

Mr. Jones said: "The Ministry stands on the frontline, relative to all health-related issues as an educational institution. We are in control of some 50,000 young people in this country, as well as maybe some 4,000 teachers and other individuals who are involved in education and human resource development. So, it is important that we not just be bystanders in the effort to deal with any of the various diseases or health concerns in this country [for instance] HIV/AIDS, other sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes and other chronic non-communicable diseases."

In commending Ministry staff, Mr. Jones noted that they had teamed up with organisations such as the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Barbados; the Ministry of Health and the National HIV/AIDS Commission, the National Council on Substance Abuse, Jenn’s Health and Beauty Supplies and Ocean 2 Fitness – to be in the vanguard of "spreading the message".

And, he expressed the hope that the event would recur next year, adding: "This effort by all persons involved is really an important one for us, so, we hope the persons here displaying their products and services would work with us over the various years."

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