Caribbean Wellness Day 2009 - Grenada

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Hundreds turned out to participate in the Ministry of Health’s inaugural “Wellness Promoting Fitness Walk” which was held in St. George’s on Sunday.

The walk which begun at the Carenage Sporting Complex culminated at the Grenada Trade Centre in Grand Anse, where participants who completed the 3 mile journey gathered for a short prize giving and closing ceremony. 


Several private and public sectors officials, employees as well as health awareness and promoting organizations and other individuals who participated in the exercise commended the Ministry of Health for engaging people in what they described as a preventative health strategy, aimed at reducing chronic diseases and other health complications.

Sunday’s “Wellness Promoting Fitness Walk” brought an end to a week-long schedule of physical and educational health related activities, marking Caribbean Wellness Day observance in Grenada.

The Grenada Electricity Services Ltd. (GRENLEC) won the inaugural “Move It to Lose It - Weight Loss” competition, organized by the Ministry of Health.

The contest which was held over a four month period, targeted employees from both the private and public sectors who were expected to reduce their collective body weights through various health and fitness exercises.


On Sunday September 20, 2009 the (GRENLEC) team walked away with the coveted “Biggest Loser Title” and the Netherlands Insurance Challenge Trophy as well as a plaque after having been declared the overall winner of the competition at a ceremony held at the Grenada Trade Center, in Grand Anse.


Minister for Health, Hon. Ann Peters in addressing the participants highlighted the benefits of exercise, and commended all of the participants for what she described as a personal investment towards their health.


Peters reminded the gathering that they should take their health seriously and encouraged them to make regular exercise a part of their daily routine.


Highlighting the effects of and other health complications associated with chronic diseases the Health Minister told the gathering that the prevalence of such diseases such as diabetes and hypertension is cause for concern, hence the Ministry getting involved in wellness programmes that are designed to benefit everyone.


According to Minister Peters, Grenada was highly commended by the Regional Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Dr. Gina Watson, for being the first country in the region to institute a “Workplace Wellness Program”, which can benefit both employers and employees.


She said that the Workplace Wellness Program and the Move It to Lose It competition will be continued so that more and more persons can enjoy the benefits of health. 


Bryden and Minors Ltd placed second and Courts Grenada Ltd placed third in the competition. Several persons also won individual prizes and were encouraged to continue to practice good health.



 Health Minister Ann Peters and participant at the health walk.

 Participants at the walk.


 More participants walking.


 These drummers accompaned participants throughout the entire walk.




 The GRENLEC team, winners of "The Biggest Loser" title.


The Bryden and Minors team won 2nd prize, photographed with Health Minister Ann Peters.


Representatives from Courts Grenada receiving an award from the Health Minister.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 November 2009 17:49