“Childhood obesity clinic to be launched”

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As Barbados celebrates Caribbean Wellness Week, September 9 to 15, the Winston Scott Polyclinic will launch its childhood obesity clinic catering to children aged two to 18, with the first patients being seen on Wednesday.

Other activities planned at the polyclinic this week to mark the regional event include dental and eye screening, breast screening, pap smears, exercise sessions and MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella) and chickenpox vaccinations.

The Maurice Byer Polyclinic will also host a range of activities, including talks on nutrition, cancer awareness and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) this Tuesday, September 11; sessions on mental health awareness on Wednesday, September 12; and podiatry on Thursday, September 13. Cooking demonstrations and information sharing on NCDs are planned for Friday, September 14.

At the St Philip Polyclinic, there will be health displays and cooking sessions throughout the week and the Eunice Gibson Polyclinic will host a line dancing session on Wednesday. Line dancing will also take place at the Randal Phillips Polyclinic on Thursday.

The David Thompson Health and Social Services Complex will host a number of activities on Friday, including a mental wellness and stress management session, line dancing and aerobics, as well as displays on nutrition and NCDs.

At the Branford Taitt Polyclinic, there will be health education sessions and immunisations throughout the week, with a special session for taxi drivers from the Bridgetown Port on Thursday, where they are invited to have health checks and also update their immunisation status.

The Glebe Polyclinic will also host members of the public on Friday with health education talks on hypertension and diabetes, complemented by displays and videos. (BGIS)