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MBS is Set for an Afternoon of Physical Activity

The lack of adequate physical exercise is viewed as one of the leading causes of many chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and obesity. It is for this reason the Medical Benefits Scheme (MBS) is actively engaged in the promotion of regular physical activity in schools and amongst members of the general public as it seeks to reduce risk factors for chronic diseases amongst the population.

To help members of the public take their exercise programme to the next level and to foster positive lifestyle changes, MBS will tomorrow, Thursday, 13th September, demonstrate and showcase a variety of physical activity routines in an open air health fair outside its headquarters building on Nevis Street. The event dubbed Therapeutic Lifestyle Choices Day or TLC Day is an MBS Diabetes Village event which seeks to highlight the disease.

The exercise routines on display at the MBS TLC day will take into consideration the varying fitness levels of patrons and therefore each routine will target varying physical abilities. For instance persons who are physically challenged can benefit from the chair dancing routine while more active persons may benefit from Karobics, which will be demonstrated by Don Francis and Purple Dragon or the aerobics display sessions put on by the MBS Exercise Team. Also on display would be Zumba, by Major Glyne Dunnah and Yoga by Marlene Askie. Kevinia Francis will also showcase a total body workout. The exercise instructors leading the exercise demonstrations all come from local gyms and exercise groups.

Impromptu hoola hoop and skipping rope competitions at 2:00pm will commence the exercises segment of the MBS TLC Day. To facilitate easy participation, persons working within St. John’s are particularly encouraged to bring their sneakers and exercise attire to work and join the event at the end of the day.

At 10:00am educational presentations on Self-Care and dealing with Diabetic Emergencies will be given and from 11:00am local chefs will put on a series of food demonstrations.

MBS TLC Day is being observed under the theme ‘pursuing wellness’ and is the third successive year that the Diabetes Village is being held by the Medical Benefits Scheme.

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