From Garden to Fork was the theme of a seminar held today by the National Nutrition Centre that aimed to remind persons that their health starts at home.
The seminar, in keeping with Nutrition Week 2018, gave its mature audience insight on ways they can begin and maintain small gardens to reduce their food shopping bill.
Acting Nutrition Officer Dr Mark Alleyne pointed to the worrisome rise of chronic non-communicable diseases on the island- namely diabetes, hypertension and obesity. A 2016 report from the World Health Organization showed that Barbados has some of the highest numbers of obese and overweight persons in the population.
He cautioned persons to not just consider their looks but rather examine their lifestyles as they age.
“Do not rely on those superficial things like looking good, and so on, you should be trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle.” Alleyne advised participants to have a healthy and balanced diet, exercise and adequate rest while being wary of stress.
Community Nutrition Officer Sandra Goring-Jones told the gathering that food security starts within the home. Planting a variety of produce such as fruits and herbs is an easy way to ensure that all nutrients are received by the household and small gardens provide fresh produce which is of a better quality thus enhancing lifestyle.