WATCH: Westbury wants students running towards healthy lifestyles
Westbury Primary students and teachers having fun outdoors on Health Day.
Today's children may be the next generation of health service tax taxpayers if non-communicable diseases continue to significantly eat a chunk out of the health budget and overall national budget annually.
Noting a need for healthier lifestyles from young, the Principal at Westbury Primary, Rosalind Gittens spoke to Loop News on the sidelines of their Health and Fun day on Friday, October 26, 2018.
Answering the question of if Water and Fruit days should be part of schools' mandate to help reduce childhood obesity and juvenile-onset diabetes, Gittens said that these initiatives are at least enforced at her institution. But as it speaks to making it compulsory for each child to participate in some extracurricular activity, she said that the pros and cons beyond physical exercise must be weighed.
Students played a host of outdoor games which tested their flexibility, hand-eye coordination, endurance, speed and ability to work together. For the first time, some children played 'Flags'.
The Co-ordinator of the day, Physical Education teacher, Neil Yearwood said that the day was "necessary" to raise the students' activity, combat poor diets and through raising awareness to ultimately bring about change. He said he wants to see a shift towards the students adopting healthy lifestyles.
Get the latest local and international news straight to your mobile phone for free:
Download the Loop News Caribbean app on Google Play Store: http://bit.ly/GetALoop
Download the Loop News Caribbean app on the App Store: http://bit.ly/GetiLoop