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,
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.