St. Kitts – Nevis Promotes Healthy Diet

Basseterre, St. Kitts – Nevis
March 27, 2008 (SKNIS)

The promotion of healthy diets and lifestyles is the key concern of a workshop designed to build capacity for the development of food based dietary guidelines.

The multi-sectoral workshop takes place Tuesday, April 1 and Wednesday, April 2 at the Foundation of National Development and is being held by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute (CFNI).

The objectives are to present the health and nutrition situation of St. Kitts and Nevis, discuss implications of the findings and determine priority problems and set national objectives to be addressed through Food Based Dietary Guidelines.

As such, on the first day session topics pertaining to the population of St. Kitts and Nevis include the Epidemiological Profile, Food Production and Availability, the Nutrition Status and Food Consumption Patterns and Practices.  Participants will be expected to discuss the implications and proposed strategies before identifying the main implications and priority areas for the Federation.

Day two pertains to the actual development and use of Food Based Dietary Guidelines and the drafting of task force members.  An official in the Health Promotion Unit revealed that the facilitator is Dr. Pauline Samuda and 30 to 35 participants are expected from the public and private sectors on St. Kitts and Nevis.      

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