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Launch of Caribbean Wellness Day 5K Run/Walk
Monday, September 13, 2010

The Caribbean Wellness Day 2010 5K Run / Walk was formally launched by the Minister of Health, Senator the Honourable Therese Baptiste-Cornelis. 

The event will be held on Saturday 18th September, 2010 at the Queen's Park Savannah.  All members of the public are invited to participate.  Registration is free.

All citizens are encouraged to come to the Queen’s Park Savannah from 1pm to take advantage of free Screening Checks for Body Mass Index (BMI), Blood Glucose/Sugar, Cholesterol, Blood Pressure, HIV and Pap Smears.  Information will be provided on leading a healthy lifestyle.

There will also be activities geared towards children including old time games such as Hoopla, Skip, Moral and more.

The 5K Run/Walk will commence at 4:30pm. 

L-R: Adrian Bharat, Darren Ganga: Captain T&T National Cricket Team,
Honourable Minister of Health Therese Baptiste Cornelis,
Richard Kelly and Kervan Christmas

The launch of the Caribbean Wellness 5K 2010 was held on Monday 13th September, 2010 at the Ministry of Health Head Office, Port-of-Spain.  Several members of the Trinidad and Tobago National Cricket team, including Captain Darren Ganga, Richard Kelly, Kervan Christmas and Adrian Bharat were also present to endorse the event.

Minister of Health, Senator the Honourable Therese Baptiste-Cornelis encouraged all citizens to take a step toward a healthy lifestyle by coming in their numbers to the 5K.

Captain of the Trinidad and Tobago National Cricket Team, Darren Ganga commended the Ministry of Health, PAHO and other organizations for promoting fitness and a healthy lifestyle.  Mr. Ganga noted the impact of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases in Trinidad and Tobago and extended an invitation to the public to attend Caribbean Wellness Day.

Captain Darren Ganga and other national cricketers will be participating in the 5K and Wellness Fest.

L-R: Dr. Anton Cumberbatch: Chief Medical Officer, Sandra Jones: Permanent Secretary, Minister of Health: Senator the Honourable Therese Baptiste-Cornelis, Yvonne Lewis: Director Health Education / Dep. Director Health Promotion, Dr. Carol Boyd-Scobie: PAHO/WHO Country Representative, Mr. Darren Ganga: Captain of the T&T National Cricket Team

Members of the Trinidad and Tobago National Cricket Team register for the Caribbean Wellness Day 5K to be held on September 18th, 2010

L-R (standing): Minister of Health: Senator the Honourable Therese Baptiste-Cornelis, Dr. Carol Boyd-Scobie: PAHO/WHO Country Representative, Sandra Jones: Permanent Secretary, Darren Ganga: Captain of the T&T National Cricket Team and Yvonne Lewis Director Health Education / Deputy Director Health Promotion

Dr. Carol Boyd Scobie, PAHO Country Representative noted the high cost of dealing with Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases.  She spoke to the importance of prevention via weight control, reducing dietary fats, reduction of tobacco use among other measures.

Ms. Yvonne Lewis, Director Health Education also emphasized the importance of a healthy lifestyle toward the prevention of Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases.  She revealed the theme for Caribbean Wellness Day 2010: "Love that body, move that body"

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