Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) is one of the regional responses to the threat posed by non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The day was conceptualised by the Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and an integral part of the Port of Spain Declaration. The idea was formalised at a meeting at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago on 15 September 2007 on the occasion of a special Regional Summit on Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).
Since that meeting member states have actively sought to make their populations aware of the threat of NCDs to their health and wellbeing and to the development gains of their societies.
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'Power Through Collective Action is the theme for Caribbean Wellness for the next five years, 2020-2024. Using this theme, the Region will continue with the life course approach to addressing issues relating to NCDs but extend it to include a ‘whole of society’ engagement. On Saturday 12th September 2020, countries across the Region will celebrate Caribbean Wellness Day.
The annual event is geared at increasing awareness and promoting activities to address non-communicable diseases including mental ill health. We encourage everyone to engage in healthy lifestyles like being physical active, engaging in healthy eating; if you smoke, please quit, reduce consumption of alcohol to the recommended safe quantities, get annual health checks, improve your personal relationships with family and friends and take care of your mental health. During the pandemic be calm, be safe, and seek help if unable to cope.
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