Fifty-seven students and 14 teachers from 18 high schools received training as Jamaica Moves Ambassadors during the Jamaica Moves in Schools Residential Camp that took place on November 23 to 25, 2018 at Camp Verley located in Spring Gardens, St. Catherine.
The camp was hosted by the South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) under the leadership of the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information. The camp focused on the three key areas of the Jamaica Moves Programme- healthy eating, physical activity and age-appropriate health checks.
The participants were exposed to presentations aimed at sensitising them about some of the major non-communicable diseases such as Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Attack and Hypertension. In addition, the teachers and students were educated about the importance of physical activity and healthy eating and are now empowered to develop good health practices. Speaking during the launch of the camp, Regional Health Promotion Officer for SERHA, Mrs. Dawn Walters urged the students and teachers to support the Jamaica Moves initiative in their schools by having more fruit days or water days and include physical activity such as stretches and other exercises during breaks.