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'Get fit,' Jamaicans told

Monday, October 09, 2017

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Mandeville , Manchester — Physiotherapists at Mandeville Regional Hospital (MRH) who recently celebrated World Physiotherapy Week, are urging Jamaicans to use physical activity as a prescription for healthier lifestyles.

Manager and head of Department for Physiotherapy Services at MRH, Denzil Williams, explained that part of the objective of the commemoration of World Physiotherapy Week is “for patients and prospective patients to understand that exercise is a prescription and we want it to be prescribed by physical therapists, who are the specialists in this area. We also want the public to understand that physical activity is for everyone”.

According to a news release from the Southern Regional Health Authority, Williams was speaking at a health fair and exposition, which culminated a week of activities to mark World Physiotherapy Week, September 4-8 under the theme, 'Physical Activity for Life'.

The health fair featured activities including free blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol checks, and free fitness testing and consultations.

There were also educational sessions focusing on physiotherapy for orthapaedic and paediatric patients, pre-operative and post-operative care in gynaecology and surgical patients, exercise during pregnancy, and exercises for renal, diabetic and hypertensive patients.

Williams explained that the physiotherapy team used the week's celebration to sensitise patients about the importance of physical activity in various aspects of one's life including the impact on non-communicable diseases.

“Sedentary lifestyle has little or no physical activity and this is what we want to minimise among the population. We want to keep our workforce and the populace healthy and moving and at less risk for non-communicable diseases,” Williams said.

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