Antigua: Nutrition campaign launched in schools


The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment in collaboration with United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has launched a nutrition campaign targeting the country’s adolescents.

The Ministry in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, Medical Benefits Scheme, Sir Lester Bird Medical Center and Antigua and Barbuda Diabetes Association have organized a School Health Caravan for the first term of the 2022 school year.

The aim of the caravan is to encourage behaviour change on the use of sugar sweetened beverages (SSBs) through health promotion activities in the selected schools.

The activities include:

– Health screening to include blood pressure, height, weight and body mass index (BMI)

– Health Survey

– Education Booth

– Smoothie competition

– Activities with a live DJ

St. Mary’s Secondary School was the second to benefit from this initiative.

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  1. This is wonderful. More needs to be done to make schools a predominantly healthy environment. There should be no signs promoting sodas, junk food etc. at schools even if they are sold. Vendors and cafeterias should be encouraged to sell mainly (e.g. 90%) healthy products to be given permission to operate at or near schools. Maybe the cafeterias could have one fun food day per week, but serve healthy items the rest of the week. There should be a nutritionist on staff to help plan all food-related events, fundraisers etc. for the school to ensure that fruits and veggies always play a prominent role. All of that will condition children to view healthy food as normal. Currently, they are bombarded with junk everywhere they turn to and from and at school. Just my 2 cents.

    “Don’t wake up dead,” (Sugarapple) – mentally, physically, spiritually – and the words, ‘Thanks, I’m alive’ can be on our personal placard everyday for the rest of our lives.
    “You have only one mind and one body. Take care of them now, especially if you’re young, for the rest of your life.”
    HEALTH CRISIS yesterday, today, and tomorrow! We must improve our health and strengthen our immune system.
    Develop a Culture of Health. EAT BETTER and EXERCISE MORE, so that we can take control of our health and be better together.
    Plant, Eat and Trade – PET action! – fresh Fruits and Vegetables.
    Grow Herbs in the garden and use them.

    “You are what you eat.”
    “The Lord hath created medicines out of the earth, and he that is wise will not abhor them.”
    “Health Is Wealth. Wealth is not Health.

    Save our Humanity, Save our Youths, Save our Environment, Save our Soil!!!!


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