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National Policy for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyle in Jamaica

Objectives:

This policy seeks to promote healthy lifestyles in the Jamaican population so as to reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, cervical cancer and HIV/AIDS and to reduce the incidence of violence and injury.

Scope:

The conceptual framework of the National Policy for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyle in Jamaica is based on the creation of supportive environments, including the creation of healthy workplaces, healthy schools and healthy communities. Creating healthy schools will encourage the school community, including children, parents, teachers and canteen operators to make wise food choices, among other benefits. The policy also recognizes the value of a Schools Health Program which would “monitor the delivery of balanced meals and encourage wise food choices by children, while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle”.