A number of physical activities have been planned in the public and private sectors to mark World Health Day, 2010.
The day, which is being observed under the theme "Urbanism and Healthy Living", has been endorsed by Cabinet, with workers being given the opportunity to "wear polo shirts/tee shirts and soft shoes and be more active during the day."
The Ministry of Health, through its National Task Force on Physical Activity and Exercise, is spearheading the national initiative and will host a desk side "fit while you sit" session from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, healthy food demonstrations between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. and an aerobics session from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Staff of the Government Printery will take 10 minute breaks to walk, skip, take part in aerobics and ride stationery bikes in the Band Stand of the Bay Street Esplanade.?? Staff of the Central Purchasing Department will, from 3:00 p.m. walk from their office on Fontabelle along the Spring Garden Highway and back.????
??Bryden’s Distribution personnel will also take short breaks to take part in aerobics sessions in the afternoon; and employees at the Insurance Corporation of Barbados Limited will participate in an in-house relay and an aerobics session in the office forecourt in the afternoon.
The public can also visit polyclinics as they stage in activities throughout the day.?? The Winston Scott Polyclinic at Jemmotts Lane will host lamaze classes for antenatal patients, along with line dancing and a keep fit session, while the St. Philip Polyclinic will host a lecture on Reading Food Labels, Making Healthy Choices and stage a healthy food demonstration and a yoga session.??
At the Maurice Byer Polyclinic in Speightstown, St. Peter, there will be an exercise session between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. Meanwhile, shoppers, tourists and persons who work in Bridgetown, may visit the Lions and Leo Clubs Health Fair at Heroes Square.?? Minister of Health, Donville Inniss will officially open the event at 10:00 a.m.
The National Task Force on Physical Activity and Exercise, with its theme "Get Up, Get Active, Get Healthy", has been on a campaign, since its inception last September, to encourage greater physical activity on a national level.