Ministry of Health launches Saint Lucia Moves campaign
Ministry of Health launches Saint Lucia Moves campaign

Saint Lucia: Following the recent launch of the “Saint Lucia Moves” campaign, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs issued a call to individuals to remain active and strive for improved health.

The Saint Lucia Moves campaign aims to reduce NCDs’ burden by encouraging individuals and organisations to promote and support healthy behaviours through various interventions.

Senior Medical Officer for Non-Communicable Diseases NCDs Dr Shana Cyr-Philbert encouraged Saint Lucians to keep moving.

“As we launch the Saint Lucia Moves campaign, we commit to moving forward. We commit to change. We commit to progress and a positive journey towards wellness.”

Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health Jenny Daniel believes the Saint Lucia Moves campaign will play a significant part in taking steps towards ensuring the overall wellness of citizens.

“Today, we also launch our Saint Lucia Moves campaign, which is the most visible and key component of our journey towards overall national wellness. Whereas physical activity is an essential component of wellness, we would like to emphasise that exercise does not single ally equate to wellness by any means at all, but rather that wellness encompasses a holistic approach towards healthy and positive lifestyles and living that extends beyond the life span, however, it is a start. Therefore, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and Elderly Affairs invites you to embark on this journey with us as we rebuild our national health profile and health sector.”

Minister for Health Moses Jn Baptiste says he is hugely grateful for the campaign, which demonstrates the dedication toward taking action against the impacts of NCDs.

“The aim of Saint Lucia moves is to get Saint Lucians physically active to combat conditions like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer. We extend an invitation to all Saint Lucians to get even more serious about health and wellness. I invite all organisations, whether religious or sporting, business or recreational, of us; to get active. Let us change the way in which we work and play. Remain active. Let us keep Saint Lucia moving.”

The Saint Lucia Moves campaign serves as part of the Caribbean Moves initiative, which calls for regional commitment focused on tackling NCDs through preventative actions.

Officials within the Ministry of Health also participated in the Caribbean Moves launch, which was held at Emancipation Park in Kingston, Jamaica, on September 14th.

During this activity, Saint Lucia was recognised for its recent launch of Saint Lucia moves campaign ahead of the launch of Caribbean Moves.