The Truth for the Final Generation Church has been educating its members on healthy living, in light of increasing concern by health officials over the rise in non-communicable diseases on the island.
The Church hosted ‘Health Focus 2016’, which included a presentation and discussion entitled ‘Healthy Brain, Healthy Attitudes’, in Jubilee Gardens this evening.
“A lot of people do not realise that the lifestyle they are following may be a time bomb for sudden death,” presenter, Dr Elliott Doughlin said.
Dr Doughlin, who is also a pastor at the church, argued that many Barbadians were not taking control of their lives, saying, “People are walking around and they do not know what their blood pressure is like … or they may know that they have high blood pressure and they are doing absolutely nothing about it.”
He cited the change in dietary practices as the reason for the increase in non-communicable diseases and sudden deaths on the island.
“As a population we’re taking in too much sugar, getting too fat and then it’s predisposing us to more diabetes, more high blood pressure, more strokes… heart attacks, more sudden deaths and then rather than realise it is the lifestyle that is causing these problems people want to blame pipes and water…when in fact we need to change the way we are eating,” he said.
Creator of Health Focus 2016, Carmeta Douglin, stated that the programme, which is now in its 21st year, aims to promote lifestyle changes among church-goers and other Barbadians.
“We want persons to understand that they have to take responsibility for their own health, it’s important that persons understand what type of lifestyle they are living and therefore try to live healthier lifestyles.
“We believe that health is the right arm of the gospel and as Seven Day Adventists we try to encourage health and positive living”.
On Sunday the group will provide free testing at the Truth for the Final Generation Church from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (KK)