Religion teams can promote wholesome dwelling

Letters to the Newsday editor two hours ago

THE EDITOR: The global pandemic has given everyone the opportunity to think much more about healthy living and the need to take responsibility for their own health.

Although many religious organizations are involved in health promotion activities, including running wellness fairs, it is time that more of the numerous religious groups became more actively involved in health education programs in order to build a healthier nation.

Here are a few things these groups can do to promote healthy living:

* Schedule a 15-20 minute health program on the weekly main service once a month or every two months.

* Conduct an annual health focus week.

* Organize interactive workshops to support parents in their endeavors to raise healthy children.

* Run special programs to mark one or two of the major annual health and wellness days, such as:

* World Hypertension Day – May 17th

* World No Tobacco Day – May 31st

* Caribbean Wellness Day – second Saturday in September

* World Heart Day – September 29th

* World Diabetes Day – November 14th

Faith-based organizations can enlist the assistance of health professionals to conduct educational programs for their members and the wider community.

It is time to pay more attention to promoting healthy living.



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