Dominican teachers added to the fight against CNCD’s

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 52 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondaryTertiary Dominican teachers added to the fight against CNCD’s by: – February 15, 2012 Share Health Promotion Coordinator Nurse Helen Royer Dominican teachers have been called upon to use their power to help reduce the number of chronic non communicable diseases on the island. Statistics from the World Health Organization suggest that a seventeen percent increase in deaths from CNCD’s over the next decade is very likely to occur.Education Officer in the Ministry of Education Myrtle Prevost told a Health and Family Life Education workshop for secondary school teachers on Tuesday that their involvement is critical in addressing the issues of CNCD’s in Dominica. “Chronic non communicable diseases which include heart disease, cancer, diabetes and lung diseases are a group of deadly chronic illnesses and they are often referred to as lifestyle diseases because the majority of them can be prevented. These diseases are becoming so prevalent that statistics from the World Health Organisation suggests a 17% increase in deaths from CNCD’s in the next decade,” she said.According to Prevost, education officers have the power to reduce the percentage by teaching students to make smart choices that will protect their health now and in the future.“As teachers it is important that you are kept up to date with new approaches and new trends in the subject areas that you teach,” she said.Meantime, Health Promotion Coordinator Nurse Helen Royer says the re-emergence of chronic non communicable diseases is having devastating effects on Dominica’s population. “We do not have a problem with malnutrition. We have a problem with obesity and it is as bad as malnutrition. Persons do not look at it as having a negative impact. When people look at children who are plump and fat, they think that their children are healthy but this is not so,” she said.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img

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