KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, April 10 – The Health Promotion Unit within the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment and the staff of the Park Hill Health Centre collaborated to launch the Park Hill Health and Fitness Group last Thursday in Park Hill.
This is the second group of its kind. The Biabou Health and Fitness Group began operating four years ago.
The Park Hill Health and Fitness Group, like the one at Biabou, was established in partial fulfilment of one of the Health Promotion Unit’s 2013 key performance indicators.
Efforts are now being made to establish another group in this regard on Bequia later this year, Permanent Secretary Luis de Shong said in a release.
The goal of a Health and Fitness Group is to promote health and active aging, and the objective is to provide an enabling and supportive environment which will allow participants to:
- Be actively involved in their own health care
- Continue to be physically and mentally active
- Take part in community social and cultural activities
- Engage in spiritual upliftment.
The fundamental aims are to reduce the incidence of disabilities associated with chronic non communicable diseases and also to reduce the cost of health care.