Jamaica to launch physical activity guide for workplace

By Caribbean Medical News Staff
Under the National Strategic and Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2018, the Ministry of Health has set out to reduce physical inactivity in the workplace by five per cent by 2018.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for 70 per cent of deaths in Jamaica. In an effort to reduce this soaring percentage, the Ministry will launch its physical activity guide and toolkit for the workplace in an effort to target physical inactivity.
The Ministry of Health issued an advisory encouraging workplaces to have sustainable physical activity programmes for their staff. This is one of the programs that will help to achieve this goal and ultimately lead to the reduction in NCDs.
Minister of Health Dr Fenton Ferguson is expected to attend the launch of the program and it will be held at the Courtleigh Hotel in Kingston.

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