GREAT BAY (DCOMM):--- Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) will be observed across the region on September 10.
This year the focus for Caribbean Wellness Day is on Children with the supporting theme "Healthy Children in Healthy Environments."
The CARICOM Heads of Summit on Chronic Diseases in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, September 2007, established Caribbean Wellness Day.
Caribbean Wellness Day is observed every year on the second Saturday of September.
Collective Prevention Services (CPS), a department of the Sint Maarten Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour, will also be organizing activities related to CWD but with the emphasis on the elderly. Additional information will be released within short.
Inaugurated in 2008, Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) is an annual event which provides an opportunity to increase the awareness of the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) burden in the Caribbean; mobilise and strengthen public, private, and civil society partnerships for NCDs; promote multi-country, multisectoral activities in support of wellness; and showcase national and community level activities to promote healthy living and encourage residents to develop good health practices.
The first four years, 2008-2011, focused on raising awareness of Caribbean Wellness Day at the national, regional and international levels.
In 2012, a decision was taken to focus on preventing and controlling NCDs throughout the life course during 2012-2015.
Caribbean Wellness Day observance was to be integrated into national NCDs Programmes to ensure sustainability.