Dietitians Excite Clients on Information about Diet and Exercise

The Division of Health, Wellness and Family Development in collaboration with the Tobago Regional Health Authority continued with the year-long agenda to “PressforProgress” by conducting a series of educational workshops at various Health Centres throughout Tobago on the topic “Women and Healthy Living – Diet and Exercise” Sessions commenced on Tuesday, 1st May, 2018 at the Charlotteville and Scarborough Health Centres and continued throughout the week at Pembroke, Parlatuvier, Mason Hall and Scarborough Health Centres.

The dietitian Mrs. Sydelle Gibson-Mahabir shared information on how diet plays a vital role in preserving the nutritional status of women at the various stages of their lives. Additionally, she shared how diet can improve the quality of life of persons with polycystic ovary syndrome, osteoporosis and menopause. Clients also engaged in a brief exercise session and were encouraged to engage in regular exercise sessions at home. Though the focus was on women, men also comprised the audience and they were encouraged to share the information with their female family members and friends.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the economic, social, cultural and political achievements of generations of women. IWD is celebrated annually on March 8th and the theme for this year’s celebration is “Press for Progress.” This day furthers the call to action for increasing gender parity, challenging stereotypes and bias, forging positive visibility of women, influencing others’ beliefs and actions and celebrating women’s achievements. Though celebrated on March 8th, IWD activities continue throughout the year as many groups worldwide adopt the IWD campaign theme for further campaign work, gender-focused initiatives, activities and events.

The “Women and Healthy Living – Diet and Exercise” initiative is one of several activities being held by the Division, in collaboration with the TRHA, in commemoration of International Women’s Day. This activity is being held to celebrate women and empower them to take care of their health in order to #pressforprogress, particularly since women experience various health challenges that are primarily linked to their diet and exercise.


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