Caribbean Wellness Day will be observed on Saturday 11th September 2021 under the theme “In It Together! Building Healthy Communities”
The day was commemorated out of the 2007 Port of Spain Declaration when heads of government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), recognised the burden of non-communicable diseases among their citizens.
As a result of that conference, there was a collective approach titled “Uniting to Stop the Epidemic of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases.” A decision confirming the second Saturday in September as Caribbean Wellness Day was also established.
The objectives of Caribbean Wellness Day 2021 are to: promote equitable access to health by working together with governments, communities, and civil societies, empower and engage individuals along with communities, and encourage good health and well-being.
To honour its commitment to fostering good health and well-being, the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment continues to create partnerships with governmental and non-governmental organisations such as the Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Education, The Rotary Club of Antigua, Antigua, and Barbuda Diabetes Association, Lions Club, The Red Cross Society as well as other groups.
The Ministry continues to support health initiatives within our communities such as workplace wellness, health screenings, and social media health campaigns.
Even though the COVID-19 pandemic has interrupted some of our usual activities in the community, the Ministry continues to find innovative ways to keep the public informed and engaged.
The Ministry wishes to take this opportunity to thank all our partners who have assisted us over the years. We also want to encourage the general public to adopt healthy lifestyle practices which will significantly reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases.
For persons with non-communicable diseases, kindly ensure that you are managing your condition by taking your medications and following the necessary guidelines laid out by your health care provider. To all denizens, do continue to follow the health protocols and stay safe.