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Health Minister Calls on Jamaicans to Take Part in ‘Know Your Numbers’ Campaign

By: , January 24, 2024
Health Minister Calls on Jamaicans to Take Part in ‘Know Your Numbers’ Campaign
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Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton.

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Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, is urging Jamaicans to actively participate in the Ministry’s ‘Know Your Numbers’ islandwide campaign to promote health and well-being among the population.

Dr. Tufton, who was speaking to residents, health practitioners and other stakeholders at another of the now-familiar road shows at the Turtle River Park, Ocho Rios, on January 17, further emphasised the importance of regular health checks and adopting healthier lifestyles to reduce the burden of preventable diseases in the country.

He said that by knowing their health status and receiving proper treatment, persons would be less susceptible to critical illnesses, hospitalisation, and in more severe cases, death.

The Minister cautioned against excessive alcohol, sugar, fat, and salt intake, while urging the population to exercise moderation and engage in regular physical activity to improve their overall well-being.

“Far too many Jamaicans are succumbing to preventable illnesses simply because they are unaware of their health status. Regular health screenings play a vital role in early detection and can ultimately save lives,” he said.

“Excessive consumption of alcohol, sugar, fat, and salt has detrimental effects on our health. We must exercise moderation and make informed choices about what we consume, to protect ourselves from the long-term health consequences,” Dr. Tufton added.

The Minister pointed out that excessive intake of those substances has been linked to myriad health problems, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, and hypertension.

He said Jamaicans, in general, ought to be mindful of their dietary choices and to opt for healthier alternatives to improve their overall health outcomes.

The Minister said that in addition to dietary changes, the significance of engaging in regular physical activity in maintaining optimal health cannot be overstated, adding that persons should incorporate exercise into their daily routines.

“There are numerous benefits to staying active. This includes improved cardiovascular health, enhanced mental well-being, and better overall physical fitness. Physical activity is crucial for our overall health and well-being. Even small lifestyle changes, such as taking a brisk walk or engaging in a favourite outdoor activity can have a significant impact on our health outcomes,” Dr. Tufton noted.

In addition to regular health check-ups, Dr. Tufton has underscored the significance of moderation in food consumption, encouraging a balanced and mindful approach to eating, while citing the importance of making informed dietary choices to support overall health, physical and mental well-being.

The Know Your Numbers campaign encourages individuals to monitor key health indicators, such as blood sugar, blood pressure, and other vital health metrics.

By understanding and regularly monitoring these numbers, individuals can take proactive steps to manage and improve their health before any potential health issues become critical.

This proactive approach allows for early detection of any potential health concerns and ensures that individuals are equipped with the knowledge necessary to make informed decisions about their well-being.

“We must work together to create a society where individuals are empowered to make informed health choices and lead fulfilling, healthy lives. Through collaborative efforts, we can build a healthier Jamaica for generations to come,” Dr. Tufton said.


Last Updated: January 24, 2024

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