Primary and secondary school students were the ones trying to impart knowledge yesterday as they participated in a charity fun walk to spread awareness about non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their effects on the youth.
Decked in colourful shirts and holding placards, they started out at the Barbados Community College and walked along Two-Mile Hill, St Michael, stopping and interacting with onlookers.
The students participating in the Schools Against Non- Communicable Diseases Charity Fun Walk spoke to members of the public about the purpose of the walk and invited them to get free health checks at the American University of Barbados (AUB) where the trek ended and a health fair was held.
Coordinator of the event, Ashley Lashley, said the effort was not a local one, and included people beyond Barbados’ shores.
Representatives from Trinidad and Tobago, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Guyana and Dominica delivered speeches at the event.
“It is not only a Barbados initiative; it is a regional initiative. As a region and a Commonwealth we would like to start this initiative,” she said.
On the grounds of the AUB where the students gathered at the end of the walk, ActingSenior Medical Officer with responsibility for Non-Communicable Diseases in the Ministry of Health, Dr Ingrid Cumberbatch, said the ministry, in collaboration with the National NCD Commission, the National Task Force on Physical Activity and other partners have been working assiduously to address the NCD epidemic in Barbados.
“We have embraced and incorporated a whole-of-government and a whole-of-society approach,” she said.
She lauded the students for their decision to take action in the fight against NCDs.
“The youth are our future, and their call for the need to act against unhealthy living must be supported,” Dr Cumberbatch said. “We at the Ministry of Health are extremely pleased to extend our support to this initiative and congratulate you on this stellar achievement.”