Sunday 27 September, 2020

Caribbean Wellness Day focuses on frontline workers and mental health

Spinny as he took participants through the paces of one of his energetic "Spin Pooch" sessions

Spinny as he took participants through the paces of one of his energetic "Spin Pooch" sessions

“Stronger Together 2020” was the theme for this year's Caribbean Wellness Day. Partnering with Sheraton Mall for yet another year, the Ministry of Health and Wellness staged the event at the expansive shopping mall on Saturday, 12 September.

Donna Barker, Health Promotion Officer in the Ministry of Health and Wellness, told Loop News that despite the reduced number of activities due to COVID-19,  the response to the initiative was still quite good.

“COVID has slowed down a lot of activities so we partnered with Sheraton [Mall] because we know that Sheraton gets a lot of traffic on Saturdays so we were fortunate to be able to do that to promote the dimensions of wellness again, which we do to help persons adopt healthy lifestyle activities to reduce the risk of NCDs,” she said.

This year the initiative focused primarily on mental health and emotional wellness with an emphasis on frontline workers.

“The theme… is looking at coming together to support the mental health of the frontline workers. That’s why we would have given some presentations to frontline workers along with doing our usual fitness activities,” Barker explained.

There were a number of booths throughout the mall and those who visited all eight of them were entered for a chance to win several gift certificates.

In addition to the educational aspect, there were several fun activities in the car park just outside the Courts entrance. Participants enjoyed Tai Chi, line dancing by Genesis Dance Studio, and a ‘Spin Pooch’ workout by Spinny, which a few onlookers took advantage of, in spite of the sweltering heat. Both young and old could be seen enjoying the active sessions.

Throughout the five-and-a-half-hour event, three presentations were made to frontline workers who worked in various fields.

University of West Indies (UWI) graduate, Dlisa Gaskin also performed a self-penned poem in honour of the frontline workers.

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