Living a healthy lifestyle is fun and easy.
Last Saturday, September 29, Sagicor Life Inc. and the Chronic Disease Research Centre came together for the first time to show Barbadians how easy it was when they hosted a Shape Up Extravaganza.
Held at the Garfield Sobers sports complex, much emphasis was placed on fitness and four major chronic non-communicable diseases such as: diabetes, heart disease, stroke and hypertension.
More that 2,000 free passes were distributed for the event and those in attendance heard information on the prevention and management of the diseases; also that the diseases could result in further complications to the sufferers, for example diabetes could make a man impotent. It was hoped that the education would cause Barbadians to live a better life.
Variety of activities
The event ran from 9 in the morning to 6 p.m. and attendees participated in various exercise classes, such as Zumba, Tai Chi and a Wuk up work where they worked up a sweat. There were also health checks, competitions, workshops and chef Creig Brathwaite along with dietician Karen Griggith, from the Dining Club and Just Grillin’ taught participants ways to prepare a wide array healthy meals. Exhibitors included: 4Life Research, the Barbados Association of Retailers, Vendors and Entrepreneurs, Carib Rehab, Fruits & Veg R’ Us, Knight’s Health Advantage Club, Natural Medical Centre, Pine Hill Dairy, Robert’s Manufacturing, SBI Distribution – Colgate & Neutrogena and WIBISCO. (KC)