As the Minister of Health and Wellness moves to introduce healthier choices for the nation’s schoolchildren, he has assured vendors who ply their trade in and around schools that the policy won’t threaten their livelihoods.
Rather, Minister of Health Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic said, he intends to embrace them in his efforts to ensure that children are provided with healthier options at school.
The Minister suggested that his previous comments on the issue had been misunderstood by the vendors.
“It is not a question of putting vendors out of business; far from that. I will be collaborating with the vendors and working with the Ministry of Education, the parents and the students to get our children eating healthier and reducing the intake of the unhealthy stuff,” he said at a conference hosted by Pharma Wellness International at Solidarity House, Harmony Hall.
There is to be closer collaboration with non-governmental organisations, including groups such as Pharma Wellness, as the Ministry of Health placed a greater emphasis on disease prevention, Bostic said.
“In the vein of the Good Book, I wish to see everyone in Barbados prosper and be in good health . . . . My personal desire is to see wellness infused into every workplace, every place of worship, every school, every household and every community in this country,” the Minister said.
This integration of wellness, he said, was the focus of the new National Wellness Initiative, which links a number of ministries, including Health and Wellness, Education, Culture, Sports, Finance, Agriculture and Information.