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National School Moves Day on Friday, April 5

National School Moves Day on Friday, April 5

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The Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will continue their partnership for health education and promotion, as part of the Jamaica Moves in Schools Programme with the inaugural staging of National School Moves Day on Friday, April 5, 2019 under the theme “Love yuh Body…Treat Yuh Body Right”, with the national staging be hosted at Eltham high School in St. Catherine from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All primary and secondary level schools from across the island are expected to participate in National School Moves Day, which is geared towards heightening awareness and creating increased opportunities for participation in physical activity by the school community.

Acting Director of Health Promotion and Protection at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Simone Spence notes the significance of this national event, given its global context: “The Global School Health Survey for 2017 found that only 32.5% of high school students in Jamaica are actively involved in moderate to vigorous physical activity for five days or more. The survey also revealed that 23.6% of our nation’s children are overweight and 9.3% are obese. This is a growing trend especially over the last seven years where the level of obesity doubled in boys. We want to use this opportunity to get our children active and healthy and demonstrate the importance and simplicity of physical activity,” Dr. Spence said.

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Charles Hyatt Being positive is a lifestyle and I live everyday loving the fact that I'm living every day. Each time I help someone smile, it reiterates the power of Good. So, I think, talk, eat, drink, Good News.

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