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  • Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (second left), observes while Senior Medical Officer at the Linstead Hospital, Dr. Clive Thomas (third right), points out the features of a new infant warmer purchased for the hospital from funds generated by the 2018 Tru Juice 5K Run/Walk. Occasion was the launch of the 2019 event at the hospital in St. Catherine on May 8. Also looking on (from left) are Acting Director of Nursing at the hospital, Claudine Douglas; Chief Executive Officer of Trade Winds Citrus Limited, Peter McConnell Jr.; and Acting Chief Executive Officer at the hospital, Paul McIntyre.
  • Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (left), presents a Jamaica Moves T-shirt to Chief Executive Officer of Trade Winds Citrus Limited, Peter McConnell, at the media launch of the Tru Juice 5K Cross Country Run/Walk at the Linstead Hospital in St. Catherine on May 8.

The Ministry of Health and Wellness is collaborating with food establishments to roll out a ‘Better-for-you Options’ initiative in another three months.

Portfolio Minister, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton, in making the disclosure said the objective is to provide the public with healthier food options, and came out of dialogue with major restaurant owners.

He said that the initiative will start with the larger establishments.

He was speaking at the media launch of Tru Juice 5K Cross Country Run/Walk at the Linstead Hospital in St. Catherine on May 8.

The Better-for-you Options initiative is in keeping with the Ministry’s efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle among Jamaicans in order to stave off illnesses and boost productivity.

“We are very bullish about wellness in our country because we believe that it is an untapped area and offers potential for all of us to be more productive, happier, and live better,” Dr. Tufton said.

He said it is important that the Government lead the wellness promotion, and do so in a way that can mobilise the population around lifestyle habits that will “influence all of us”.

He noted that a policy will be put in place shortly to promote wellness in the workplace.

“Workers and employers must appreciate that a healthy and happy staff is more productive, so we have to… promote health and wellness in our workplaces, because it is an investment that pays dividends,” he pointed out.

The Tru Juice 5K Cross Country Run/Walk will be staged on June 2 in Bog Walk and is a major fundraising venture in aid of the Linstead Hospital.

Last year, the event generated more than $1 million, which went towards the purchase of infant warmers and other equipment for the hospital.

Minister Tufton is encouraging persons to support the event.

“Every one of us should look forward to events of this kind that promote the wellness concept,” he said.