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Honouring Tanya, CIBC staff get diabetes lessons

Published:Friday | August 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Jennifer Brown (right), director, Centralised Operations Services, CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank, presents the bank’s Adopt-A-Cause cheque to Lurline Less, chair of the Diabetes Association of Jamaica, following her information session at the bank recently. Some of the employees of the bank’s Operations Department share the moment.

Different persons honour the memories of loved ones in myriad ways but the staff of the CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank Operations Department chose to "mourn" by taking the positive step of informing themselves about diabetes, the disease that recently took the life of their beloved co-worker, Tanya-Kaye Rodriquez. Only 32 years old, Tanya-Kaye died approximately two weeks after being diagnosed.

In her honour, the bank presented an Adopt-a-Cause cheque to the Diabetes Association of Jamaica and hosted a staff information session at which Lurline Less, chair of the association, spoke about the prevention and treatment of diabetes.

Less appealed especially to the employees, "who feel they are young and invincible, to watch their diet".

"If you have diabetes in your family, you are at high risk but even if you don't, your lifestyle, what you eat, drink - oily fast foods, sweet drinks - can cause diabetes," she warned.




Noting that some persons show no symptoms of diabetes until it is too late, Less said that persons should get checked regularly. Common symptoms, she said, included wounds that won't heal, blurred vision, frequent urination, weight loss and, fatigue.

Less urged the employees to adopt good habits, "drink lots of water, reduce sugar and reduce fat".