National Youth Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda Announces First Sitting of its Youth Parliament on the Importance of Healthy Diet among Youth

Jessica Zouetr

National Youth Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda Announces First Sitting of its Youth Parliament on the Importance of Healthy Diet among Youth

The National Youth Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda (NYPAAB) announces that it will be holding its first debate of the year on Friday June 21st, 2024, focusing on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and diet among young people in Antigua and Barbuda.

The National Youth Parliament is cognizant that a healthy diet among our nation’s youth is a key component in the prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in their later years and plays a role in ensuring their overall bodily development.

The Youth Parliament will be proposing and debating an amendment to Antigua and Barbuda Sales Tax Act. The amendment calls for an introduction of a higher rate of tax on unhealthy foods, with the aim of deterring the consumption of such food options among young people. The increased revenue would then be used to provide additional subsidies on the provision of healthier foods.

The debate on June 21st will be led by Shaquan O’Neil, Youth MP for St George’s, who will serve as the Prime Minister during the debate, while President of the NYPAAB, Jessica Zouetr will preside over the debate as the Speaker. Other debaters include Chrystal Percival, Chrysean Jarvis, Reginae Morris, Dequante Mellanson, Janay Pollard, Kaiesha Joseph, Esther McKenzie, Nathalie Murray, Amelia Williams, Renier Santos Mercado, Uchenna Ohaegbulam, Azariah Bloodman, Keanu Abbott, and George Zouetr.

The sitting will begin at 9:30 am at the Parliament of Antigua and Barbuda. Members of the public are invited to the debate and are asked to be seated by 9:25 am. We continue to make a clarion call for the relevant authorities and parents to take tougher steps to ensure the improvement in the nutrition and dietary practices of our nation’s youth.

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The National Youth Parliament Association of Antigua and Barbuda Inc. (NYPAAB) is a youth-led, youth-focused organization with a mission to provide a platform for youth to voice their concerns and advocate on national issues. The NYPAAB believes that youth should be given the opportunity to fine-tune their skills in debating, public speaking, legislative writing while promoting the ideals of good governance and democracy. Our motto is “Empowering Youth, Transforming Communities, Advocating Change”.

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    Scientific studies show: If you can eat fresh fruits and vegetables – ‘ground provisions’ – avoid lots of red meat, drink plenty of water, sleep, get regular exercise and don’t smoke, these things are going to contribute to you living long without chronic diseases, and. maybe to 100.

    Be Safe and Well!


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