#TurksandCaicos, September 16, 2022 – The Caribbean Community is celebrating Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) 2022 under the theme “Our Neighborhood, Our Health”. In commemoration of this day, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC) and Pan American Health (PAHO), call on the region to “reimagine healthy spaces” around three main themes: active societies, a smoke-free Caribbean and healthy schools.
In a statement commemorating the occasion, Dr. Joy St John, Executive Director of CARPHA, noted that “we take this opportunity, at this point in the COVID-19 pandemic, to create a renewed vision and recommit to practices. and the policies we know support the health and well-being of our Caribbean people.
Built spaces and planning laws can have a significant impact on the level of movement in society and are a crucial element in ensuring a healthier Caribbean.
“The commitment of governments to the implementation of cross-sector public policies and programs so that all neighborhoods have basic services, safe public transport, areas for socializing, safe streets, places to walk and green spaces, is so important. said PAHO Director Dr. Carissa F. Etienne. “I want to recognize the efforts of many municipalities in the region who are working to make their municipalities healthy, to meet people’s needs and to facilitate strategies that improve the conditions of the places where they are born, work, study and play, ” she added.
Another issue to address during the Reimagine Healthy Spaces campaign is the negative impact that cigarettes have on public health and the environment.
Dr St John noted that “millions of trees are felled each year to produce the number of cigarettes the industry requires to maintain its profits, while cigarette butts and cigarette wrappers can contribute to air pollution. environment”. She affirmed that “this reinvention of a smoke-free Caribbean, which limits the negative impact of the tobacco industry on our health and our environment, is necessary, not only for our own health, but for the health of the next generation “.
Sir Trevor Hassell, Chairman of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, said “Healthy schools are the cornerstone of our neighborhoods and a building block of a productive society. A healthy school is smoke-free, promotes inclusive physical activity, and is protected by healthy school policies. He explained, “These policies would limit the sale and marketing of foods high in sugar, fat and salt in and around schools, while increasing the availability of safe food and safe drinking water.” With this in mind, the recently launched digital campaign, “#ActOnFacts – Food in Schools Matters”, encourages support from the public and policy makers for the introduction of policies that put the health of our children at the centre.
CAPTION OF PHOTOS: Graceway Supermarkets celebrated Caribbean Wellness Day in the Turks and Caicos Islands with a 10% discount on its products. The grocery conglomerate, with four stores in Providenciales and Grand Turk, has partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services TCI to also offer free health checkups to shoppers.