In November, 2018, the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados, led by Professor Anne St. John and Dr. Grace Showan, and supported by Dr. Janelle Bryan, Champion for the Childhood Obesity Prevention Campaign and also Chair of the National Taskforce on Wellness and Member of the National NCD Commission and Mrs. Greta Yearwood, celebrated the launch of ‘school moves’ health clubs at several model schools participating in the ‘Stop! Yuh too Sweet!’ campaign.
Speaking at the launch of ‘QC Moves’ health club at Queen’s College school, Dr. Showan expressed the desire to make the establishment of school health clubs a national initiative and applauded Queen’s College, Reynold Weekes primary and Foundation for pioneering the effort.
Each model school has publicly pledged support for the campaign, has met specific criteria and has committed to introducing healthier drink choices within a set timeframe. The health club activity incorporates education and sensitization on sugary drinks and the link to childhood obesity, and promotes physical activity.
Students participating in the launch of ‘QC Moves’ were carried through interactive sessions with Prof. St. John and nutritionist, Carla Ramsay, before hitting the dance floor for a choreographed routine led by Bajantics Dancercise.
Following the launch, Dr. Showan has returned to the school to present a gift of sports equipment on behalf of the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Barbados.