Sunday 22 September, 2019

St Kitts and Nevis moving to beat non-communicable diseases

Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris (left), Minister of Health and Wellness of Jamaica and pioneer of Caribbean MOves, Dr Chris Tufton and Ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis, Jonel Powell share a delightful moment as they greet each other.

Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Timothy Harris (left), Minister of Health and Wellness of Jamaica and pioneer of Caribbean MOves, Dr Chris Tufton and Ambassador of St. Kitts and Nevis, Jonel Powell share a delightful moment as they greet each other.

St Kitts and Nevis is the latest Caribbean island to keep the Caribbean Moves momentum going. Launched on August 9th at Independence Square, Basseterre, Saint Kitts and Nevis Moves (SKN Moves) aims to achieve a 10 per cent reduction in preventable premature deaths due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes and hypertension and their resulting complications by 2025.

Speaking on the widespread occurrence of NCDs, Dr Timothy Harris, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis remarked on the dire consequences of such diseases, “The harsh reality is: too many of our vivacious citizens and residents from all socioeconomic backgrounds – bankers, beauty queens, church leaders, community organisers, delivery drivers, doctors, electricians, engineers, labourers, lawyers, and the list goes on – are diagnosed and sometimes cut down in full bloom.”

Jamaica's Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. Christopher Tufton (left) shares a proud moment as he passes on the Caribbean Moves initiative to the Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Timothy Harris.

Dr Chris Tufton, Minister of Health and Wellness and pioneer of Caribbean Moves which was launched in 2017, was present to show his support.

“As Caribbean people with similar experiences and challenges, we have to work together to take care better of ourselves so that we have a better quality of life. It is important that we have fun while we exercise, whether running, swimming or hiking, cycling. I am proud of St. Kitts for joining the initiative; welcome aboard the fight to beat NCDs,” he stated.

However, the launch was not all speeches, immediately after officials’ remarks, step aerobics, yoga, weight training and socacise classes were held to kickstart the movement. Additionally, health checks and nutrition education were free to the public. The following day, there was a large turnout of supporters for a 4-mile health walk at 5 a.m.

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