A Healthy Lifestyle Exposition has been planned by the Barbados Community College (BCC) to address a number of issues confronting its students.

Under the theme Live Strong Spring into Health, the College will, from April 2 to 5, host a series of activities on areas related to physical and mental health for students and the general public.

While the key aim is to initiate behavioural change among students, staff and the community, the BCC will be hoping to see more students make healthy choices in relation to their physical, dietary and mental health.

On Monday, April 2, there will be an all-day event, from 10:00 a.m., where HIV/AIDS will take centre stage along with issues on sexual reproduction and illegal drugs. Health checks and short talks will also be given at select booths.??

The day’s events will conclude with a panel discussion on Health & The Adolescent: Rights, Responsibilities and The Law, at 7:15 p.m. in the Liberal Arts Auditorium of the BCC. Panellists will include Attorney-at-Law Laticia Bourne; President of the Barbados National Council of Parent Teacher Associations; Rhonda Blackman, and Youth Development Officer/Social Worker with the Barbados Family Planning Association, Keriann Hurley.

The following day, Tuesday, April 3, the focus on physical health will see discussion on Stamping Out Obesity: Dietary Habits and their Links to Better Health and Chronic Illness. This starts at noon in the Liberal Arts Auditorium with facilitator Dr. Mark Alleyne, a nutritionist at the Winston Scott Polyclinic.??

Patrons can also join students in a Get Moving exercise programme that will include a Zumba class, from 4:00 p.m. in the BCC’s gym.?? Home gardening and composting will also be an activity for students and the public alike. This will take place in the Science Department Quadrangle from 4:00 p.m.

Mental Health and You will be the theme on Wednesday, April 4, in the pavilion and that will place emphasis on relieving stress.?? All patrons must register for the yoga therapy session on De-stress Your Life that will take place at 4:10 p.m. in the Counselling and Placement Centre (CPC), near the BCC’s Library.?? For further information, persons should call Counsellor, Racquel Collymore, at 426-3278.

Activities will culminate on Thursday, April 5, with an examination of issues that can plague campuses, namely sexual assault and date rape drugs. The first will be addressed by the Royal Barbados Police Force at noon, while the latter by the National Council on Substance Abuse from 4:10 p.m.?? There will also be a self defence class in the Science Auditorium from 5:10 p.m.

A panel discussion will follow at 7:00 p.m. in the BCC’s Library.?? The topic for discussion is The Response of Our Nation to Sexual Assault: Is it really enough? Moderator will be Director of the Bureau of Gender Affairs, Patricia Hackett-Codrington, who will guide a team comprising Attorney, Senator Verla De Peiza; Physician, Dr. Lynne Forde; Psychologist, Rinette Dimmott and a representative from the Child Care Board.

The Healthy Lifestyle Exposition is a collaborative effort on the part of the CPC, the Students’ Health Clinic, the Physical Education Department, the Library and the Student Guild.

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