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Doctor urges businesses to lead staff to healthy lifestyles

Published:Thursday | November 27, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Dr Shane Alexis

Dr Shane Alexis, president of the Medical Association of Jamaica, has called on business leaders to be more strident in ensuring that their staff members lead healthy lifestyles.

Speaking at the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) President's Forum, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel on Tuesday, he noted that more must be done to change the culture towards healthy living in Jamaica.

"As a country, we have become very concerned about the IMF (International Monetary Fund), governance and crime, but we must look seriously at promoting health issues because it is really sucking us dry, as a country, and it is holding back the economic growth," he said.

"I congratulate you on your 5Ks (runs) and wellness events but we have to go further than that. We have to change the culture that exists within our society and it will take more than a day or a couple hours," he continued.

He also stressed that it will take a collaborative effort to bring about changes that will lead to a healthy society.

public campaign

"We would love to see more persons get on board in a meaningful way. It has got to be a public campaign; one that is sustainable. This fight will not only include doctors and nurses, everybody will have to come to the table," he said.

"We have had no new hospitals built since 1972 but the population has grown since that time. We see the headlines every day bemoaning the limited resources that we have to work with, which means that we have to change the way we get things done. We must be creative and innovative," Alexis said.