New Youth Club To Open In St. Kitts – Nevis
Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
February 14, 2009 (CUOPM)
The St. Kitts branch of a regional youth organisation will be launched in St. Paul’s on Sunday.
Caribbean Healthy Lifestyle Project (Club Sugar City) is an affiliate of a regional organisation that aims to instill the value of maintaining a healthy lifestyle among Caribbean youth while promoting peer leadership skills and a sense of social responsibility.
St. Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Hon. Dr. Denzil L. Douglas is down to give the feature address at the launching ceremony at the St. Paul’s Community Center.
The Local Coordinator is Mr. Terry Morris. President, Mr. Matthew Browne; Vice President (Membership and Education) is Dominic Stevens; Vice President (Public Relations) Geraldo Herbert; Secretary is Shorna Maynard; Treasurer is St. Clair Bass and Training Officer, Deslyn Moses.
Remarks will also come from Regional Coordinator for the Caribbean Healthy Lifestyle Project, Kathy Harper-Hall; Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sports, Mr. Lloyd Lazar and President, Mr. Matthew Browne.
Representatives from sister clubs, Sharlene Wyllie and Zuena Perry are in St. Kitts to participate in the launching.
With the theme “Your Life, Your Health, Make it Right,” the Caribbean Healthy Lifestyle Project, established in 2000 is a Regional Youth Development Initiative that caters to the healthy lifestyles of the youth 14 to 23 years old.
“It will also create a forum for young people to voice their opinions and to be listened to their peers and by adults; and raise awareness among youth of the benefits of regular physical activity and to increase opportunities for the Caribbean youth to participate in sport related activities,” said the local group’s Vice President (Public Relations), Mr. Geraldo Herbert.
“The group combines sports and personal development to encourage healthy lifestyle choices and is based on three principles. Firstly, participation in sports and physical activity gives young people positive and empowering experiences; secondly, mentors and trainers can help young people to recognise the benefits of healthy lifestyles and leadership attitudes and capacity can be shaped through sports,” said Herbert.
Workshops help the youth to acquire skills to make their own healthy choices through interactive presentations and group activities on topics such as HIV/AIDS Education and prevention, self esteem, conflict resolution, decision making, leadership, nutrition, substance, responsible sexuality and teenage pregnancy.