Teachers at the Erdiston Teachers’ Training College put away their books today and got moving.
Close to 150 of the teachers attending classes at the Erdiston, St. Michael institution participated in the second Healthy Lifestyle Day. There was line dancing, skipping, X Box Kinect activity to promote movement and even a spa set up on the premises.
Coordinator Henderson Nurse, told Barbados TODAY the day was all in an attempt to sensitise the teachers on HIV and AIDS. This year, they partnered with the Ministry of Health, the HIV/AIDS Commission and the Barbados Diabetes Association to broaden the scope of the day to include a focus on general healthy lifestyle.
Blood sugar tests were run, blood pressures were taken, teachers volunteered to demonstrate the different levels of intoxication, there were samples of healthy drinks, crackers and cakes from Pine Hill Dairy, Wibisco and Marion Hart. Days Book Store also had a display set up with literature which had tips to promote a healthy lifestyle.
The day started in the morning at 9 with films and discussions relating to HIV and AIDS and finished about 3 o’clock this evening.
Nurse said the response from the teachers was “pretty good” and emphasised that the affair was not a one off event and noted that throughout the year other activities relating to HIV and AIDS were held. (KC)