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Cayman Islands Government

A Fitter Cayman

Small steps to better health.(Be Fit Cayman logo)

Our campaign delivers a positive message that it is within everyone's reach to make changes for a healthier life.

—Health Promotion Officer Therese Prehay

With diabetes, hypertension and other lifestyle diseases on the increase, the Ministry of Health and the Public Health Department are throwing their weight behind a new national drive to get Cayman fit and healthy.

Be Fit Cayman! is a preventative health programme that will promote awareness of healthy habits as well as create opportunities for people to take charge of their own health - one step at a time.

"Our campaign delivers a positive message that it is within everyone's reach to make changes for a healthier life," explained Health Promotion Officer Therese Prehay.

"Adjustments needn't be overwhelming or drastic. Through small corrections, people can see big differences. For instance, we can cut down on fast food, walk around the block and drink more water; all these will deliver many health benefits," she said.

Although only launching today (Thursday, 7 April), to coincide with World Health Day, Be Fit Cayman! has already gained traction with Fit Friends, a walkers' group initiative.

"Presently we meet on Mondays and Wednesdays at difference locations. We hope to make this an island-wide occurrence in which every neighbourhood will eventually have its own group of walkers," said Nurse Hazel Gordon-Fletcher, who is currently spear-heading this aspect of the campaign.

In addition to Fit Friends, Public Health staff members will continue to promote their workplace wellness programme while also maintaining their quarterly diabetes education course.

"We believe information is key and therefore public education is a vital part of the Be Fit Cayman! campaign. Through the workplace wellness movement, we also hope to sensitize people to knowing their 'health numbers' such as body mass index, cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose levels," Ms Prehay explained.

More information on this campaign as well as the Fit Friends schedule can be found on www.ministryofhealth.gov.ky/be-fit-cayman .

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For further information contact: Cornelia Oliver