Students encouraged to get fit
The Parent Teacher’s Association of George Lamming Primary School hosted a health fair on Saturday under the theme ‘Let’s Get Fit’ to encourage healthy lifestyles among children and adults alike.
“The idea of the health fair was birthed out of a desire to provide valuable health information and screening services to parents and pupils of the school and to encourage our pupils to adopt a healthier lifestyle,” Public Relations Officer Michelle Gibson said.
“We noticed that many of our students consume a lot of junk food, so we started with a fruit day and we expanded from there.”
The event included many attractions like health checks, workout sessions, games, body fitness demonstrations and dancercise.
Wanda Whittaker, a representative from the Diabetes Association and a registered nurse told Barbados TODAY that tests like blood sugar and blood pressure were very important.
“You can be going along on your day to day routine and then you find that you are constantly getting headaches or having black outs, these are signs that we may overlook,” she said.
Owner of Apple Jax Express, Brian Worrell said he wished students would eat more fruits and drink more natural juices and cut out carbonated drinks.
“Soft drinks are not healthy, the dye, the sugar is not good for the body but natural juices leave you feeling refreshed, especially after an hour of running around I want the students to pick up an apple and drink some water,” he said.