Jamaica Moves Wellness Wednesday takes over Mona
Students at the University of the West Indies, Mona will this academic year benefit from workout and meal planning sessions through efforts being spearheaded by Jamaica Moves in partnership with the Aston Preston Hall.
Dubbed Jamaica Moves Wellness Wednesday, the programme will engage students in twelve workout sessions (six per semester), held fortnightly, coupled with sessions from individuals who have used exercise and healthy eating to transform their lives.
The Student Services and Development Manager for the Aston Preston Hall, Dr Lindy Jones, welcomes the worthwhile collaboration.
“It is essential that our students recognise and appreciate the synergistic relationship between their physical and emotional wellness with their academic performance. Our aim to provide them with transformative opportunities which allow them to take ownership of their growth and development. Paying attention to their overall health and wellness is essential to their success at the UWI and in life,” said Dr Jones.
BAD EATING CHOICES
At the core of the programme is the need to curb unhealthy eating habits among students and encourage physical activity in all its form – jogging, swimming, playing football, basketball and so on.
It is a known fact that university students continue to make dreadful choices as it relates to their lifestyle. With their busy academic and co-curricular schedule students find less and less time to engage in physical activities.
Additionally, there are others who see physical activity as intimidating, mundane and demotivating.
With less time for self and with the convenience of fast food restaurants on campus, their diet is increasingly limited to pizza, fast food and traditional Jamaican fare which are rich in sugar, starch and carbohydrates.
Silently some students either complain incessantly about being depressed about their weight (and feeling unable to do anything about this downward cycle), or pretend to be happy or unconcerned about their excessive weight gain, and in some cases, weight loss.
MOVE TO REDUCE NCDs
The Jamaica Moves Wednesday Wellness hopes to address these issues.
The remaining sessions for Semester 1 will held on October 4 and October 25, November 8 and 22. Each session runs from 8:00 to 9:00 pm.
Jamaica Moves is the country’s coordinated national response to the increased incidences of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Through education, engagement and the building of supportive environments, the programme hopes to reduce NCDs by 25 per cent by the year 2025.