Guided by the Ministry of Health’s National Strategic Plan and Action for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases, the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA), a statutory body of the ministry, has launched a Wellness Programme, geared towards instilling a culture of healthy lifestyle practices in Jamaicans.
The programme was officially launched in July at the Halse Hall Great House in Clarendon and engages 45 persons from workplaces and communities in the parishes of Clarendon, Manchester and St. Elizabeth for one year. It will incorporate physical activity and proper nutrition as a prescription for healthier lifestyles.
According to SRHA Regional Non-Communicable Disease Surveillance Officer, Karen Thompson-Nelson, the wellness programme is part of the ministry’s target to reduce the mortality rate associated with non-communicable diseases by 25 percent by 2025 and also falls within the SRHA initiative, ‘Good Health Begins at Home’.
She explained that the participants were selected based on their Body Mass Index, which is a person’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of height in meters.
The wellness programme will cater to the holistic needs of the participants as they will be outfitted with gears and physical activity equipment. She added that each parish will have a personal trainer who will develop a programme plan for the participants.
“We also have on board nutritionists, physiotherapists, nurses, doctors, social workers and psychologists who will assist with the holistic development of the participants on the wellness journey,” Nelson said.