Thursday 21 November, 2019

BWU tackling NCDs through health programme for youth and retirees

But General Secretary of (BWU) Toni Moore says this has been an emphasis that the union has placed on its agenda for decades since incidences of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases continue to claim lives of members and many Barbadians.

She said in recent years they have been focusing on programmes for young workers as well as their retirees and their aim in the coming years is to work in the schools.

Addressing the launch of a recent Healthy Living Project for BWU retirees – a project that is ongoing, she said it is to introduce monthly sessions that included exercise classes, health education and peer support to influence establishment of health behaviours in the 65-plus retirees group, educating participants on benefits of healthy eating and physical activity as it relates to NCDs.

This, she stressed, is important as the BWU is, “fully cognizant of the corrosive nature of these diseases and their burdensome demand and  money costs resulting from illness, pain and suffering, lower limb amputations, loss of vision, hospitalisation, absences and death.”

She told participants to take the classes seriously and stick to the advice they receive from their tutors.

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