Campers at the National Sports Council Annual Summer Sports Camp received guidance on living healthy lifestyles compliments Sagicor Life Inc.
The children, aged eight to 16, were visited by Dr. Kim Quimby of the Chronic Disease Research Centre of the University of the West Indies and Nutritionist, Beverly Stanford.
The light-hearted sessions were devised to sensitise the young campers about the causes of chronic diseases and how they can be prevented. The enthusiastic children participated fully, answering questions and offering real-life scenarios.
Exercises such as activities offered through the sports camp and a diet of nutritious foods, were highlighted by the facilitators as ideal ways to stay healthy.
Quimby explained: “It is now widely known that the prevalence of the chronic non-communicable diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, are increasing in our population. Whereas these conditions were generally associated with increasing age, unfortunately, we are seeing them in the younger generations as well.
“This is mainly due to an increasing prevalence of obesity, which is linked to physical inactivity and poor diets rich in fast food and sodas. It was therefore our pleasure to partner with Sagicor Life Inc. and the NSC in educating young people on the importance of healthy lifestyles in the effort against the CNCDs.”
Assistant Vice President for Marketing at Sagicor, Tracey Knight-Lloyd, said: “The National Sports Council continues to do an excellent job of introducing young people to the fun and discipline of sports. We recognised there was a natural link between their activities and our drive to encourage wellness in the communities in which Sagicor Life Inc operates.
“As a sponsor, we understand there are limitations when it comes to funding and so we were pleased to facilitate these sessions.”
The annual camp is now in its 28th year and offers more then 20 disciplines of sport to the 1,500-plus registrants.