Saturday 28 November, 2020

Health Minister says a sweet 'yes' to No Sugar November

Minister of Health and Wellness Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic (FILE)

Minister of Health and Wellness Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic (FILE)

Only in its second year, Barbados' No Sugar November initiative has gotten praise and support from the local Health Minister.

Minister Lt Colonel Jeffrey Bostic endorsed No Sugar November in a short video.

He said:

"Let me first of all congratulate and offer my full support to the No Sugar November movement of Barbados for this most worthwhile initiative. As Minister of Health and Wellness, I'm Barbados, with emphasis on Wellness I would like to invite each and every one of you to join me from the first right through to the 30th of November in No Sugar month."

And he went on to issue encouragement to the wider public to get on this train towards a healthy lifestyle as well.

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He urged: "In this era of an international pandemic, let us celebrate our Independence by promoting the health of our nation.

"November 1, join me - No sugar! Thank you."

No Sugar November, started by Cheyne Jones in 2019, has gained much exposure in a short space of time. Last year, the initiative was endorsed by Barbados' Prime Minister Mia Mottley, Senator Crystal Haynes, and the Director-General of The World Health Organisation (WHO).

Founder Jones told Loop News that they "were on board last year, and I think it is extremely progressive of Minister Bostic to be on board and it shows that government is willing to play its part at all levels to fight the scourge of NCDs (Non-Communicable Diseases). It is also instructive of the widespread support the challenge garnered last year."

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