One local insurance company is intensifying efforts to help turn around the high incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among school children.
Sagicor Life, which has already started an Adopt-a-School Programme aimed at reducing childhood obesity – a key risk factor for NCDs – further showed its commitment to the cause by holding a health workshop at the Usain Bolt Complex, at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies yesterday.
The workshop was aimed at informing children about proper diet, exercise and the importance of being active.
Students from ten primary schools attended and were excited to immerse themselves in the activities organized by The Academy of Sports, Cave Hill campus.
Corporate communications and marketing officer at Sagicor Life, Chad Glasgow, said the company decided to lead the fight against childhood obesity because it is a serious public health issue that will have a long-lasting and negative effect on the future of children’s physical and economic future.
Marketing consultant at The Academy of Sports, Betty Lewis- Bourne explained why the academy has supported the Adopt-a-School Programme.
“We believe in healthy lifestyles; we believe in building for our future in terms of their development. So, for us it is an excellent opportunity to get the students here and get them involved in the activities and programmes.”
The children were eager to be a part of the activities that included cricket, football and athletics under the instruction of coaches as well as former Barbados and West Indies sportsmen and sportswomen.