Today was dubbed Sneakers Day in Barbados, and nowhere else was it more apparent than at the West Terrace Primary School in St James.
Decked out in their games clothes and white shoes, students observed the day in commemoration with Caribbean Wellness Day, which will be held tomorrow.
Lisa Bailey, a member of the National Task Force On Physical Activity And Exercise, told Barbados TODAY: “West Terrace . . . had a diet and nutrition talk with nutritionist and health promotion officer Donna Barker earlier today, and then they invited Portia Blackman to do a session with the entire school. So we are very happy that West Terrace has taken part in Sneakers Day.”
Physical education teacher Roderick Hammond was at the forefront of today’s activities.
“A couple years ago, the ministry had a day called Hype Day where they asked the schools to focus on physical activity and health, and we did it for a couple of years, and it kind of faded away. So, as the holiday’s came to a close, I was thinking can we do something like that?
“Then I saw the GIS advertisements and it went a little further than just toying with the idea and whether we can do it; but then the principal came to me and ask me in connection with Sneakers Day, can we do something? So I said yes,” Hammond reported.
“[We are] helping them to understand that staying fit, getting them moving is the way to go . . . . Today was an entire day of activities; teachers were involved, ancillary staff,
the whole school. It was fun; it was great.” Caribbean Wellness Day 2015 will focus on improving the quality of life of the ageing population, with the theme Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Ageing.