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GA CDRC 'Walking the Walk' Against NCDs

For Release Upon Receipt - Monday, November 5, 2018

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It’s not just talking the talk. The George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Center is walking the walk as part of its efforts to reduce the rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) on the island. On Sunday, November 11, 2018, the Centre will be hosting a 5K Walk and Run, starting at 3 p.m. from its Jemmotts Lane, St Michael headquarters.

“The proportion of the Barbadian population affected by diabetes (18.7%) is greater than the global average (8.3%), as well as national levels in the USA (9.3%) and Jamaica (7.9%). We have higher levels of hypertension in our population (40.7%) than those observed in the USA (35%)?and Jamaica (25%),” states Lecturer in Epidemiology and Director of the Barbados National Registry for Chronic Non-communicable Disease, Dr. Natasha Sobers.

“Barbadian obesity levels (33.8%) match those in the USA. Even though we have similar rates of heart attacks as occurs in black in the US, our patients with heart attack die at much faster rates within the first month. All these conditions lead to premature death and sometimes disable persons in the most productive years of their life. At the George Alleyne Chronic Disease Research Center, we have helped to define the problem with our many surveys, and now we have taken up the mantle to be part of the solution.”

The proposed route is as follows: Jemmotts Lane onto Lower Bay Street, passing the Boatyard onto Independence Square, Bridge Street onto Wharf Road, Hincks Street, onto Cumberland Street, Jubilee Gardens and returning to Jemmotts Lane via Lower Broad Street, Broad Street, Fairchild Street and onto River Road.

The 5K will end with a health fair, which will feature product displays, blood pressure and information on nutrition.

Dr. Sobers touted the benefits of exercise, including the fact that it helps to prevent and/or delay death from heart disease, strokes and several cancers, as well as control diabetes and cholesterol levels. Additionally, walking daily lowers blood pressure and improves mental health.

The GA CDRC also engages in research, training and public education initiatives to stem the prevalence of NCDs. As such, proceeds from the event will go towards its NCD Research Fund.










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