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  • Minister of Health Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton says details of the exercise programme ‘Jamaica Moves’ will be announced shortly.
  • The campaign will promote, educate and develop programmes to get Jamaicans moving. Traditional and non-traditional media will be utilised in transmitting the message.
  • Proceeds from the event will assist the Granville Place of Safety for Girls in Trelawny, as well as the Victim Support Division of the Trelawny Police Division.

Minister of Health Hon. Dr. Christopher Tufton says details of the exercise programme ‘Jamaica Moves’ will be announced shortly.

The initiative is part of measures to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, hypertension and cancers.

“You will hear more about it in the months to come, but it’s all about getting Jamaicans even just to walk more,” Dr. Tufton said.

He was speaking to JIS News after participating in the Usain Bolt Foundation and Jamaica National Foundation sponsored Heroes in Action Run/Walk in Falmouth, Trelawny on Sunday, October 16.

The campaign will promote, educate and develop programmes to get Jamaicans moving. Traditional and non-traditional media will be utilised in transmitting the message.

Meanwhile, Dr. Tufton endorsed the Heroes in Action Run/Walk, stating that it forms part of ongoing efforts to improve the health of Jamaicans by getting them involved in more physical activities.

“I am all for any event that promotes more physical activity. The truth is that most Jamaicans suffer from life style related diseases…all linked to what we consume and inactivity, so it’s an important policy of the Ministry of Health,” he stated.

The Health Minister also lauded the partnership between the Usain Bolt Foundation and the Jamaica National Foundation in the staging of the Heroes in Action Run/Walk for the second consecutive year.

“He (Usain Bolt) is setting the example. Clearly he has set a tremendous trail for others to follow and I think this follow-on is a very good thing to encourage people to participate,” Dr. Tufton said.

Proceeds from the event will assist the Granville Place of Safety for Girls in Trelawny, as well as the Victim Support Division of the Trelawny Police Division.