The new overall theme for the Celebration of Caribbean Wellness Day for the next five years will be ‘Power through Collective Action’, with a sub-theme ‘Stronger Together 2020’ for this year’s celebration.
Over the last twelve (12) years, the overall theme for CWD was ‘Love that Body’ with a focus on preventing and controlling NCDs throughout the life course.
For the next five years (2020-2024), the region will continue with the life course approach but will take into consideration a “whole of society” commitment.
In light of this, Chief Medical Officer, Dr David Johnson highlighted a few of the objectives for this year’s celebration.
Johnson said, “one of the main objectives in the celebration this year would be to raise awareness about mental illness and mental health.”
According to him, a second very important objective is to address the issue of stigma and discrimination especially to the front-line, essential and other health care workers.
“A third objective that we have in celebrating CWD this year, is to promote coping strategies aimed at reducing stress especially during this COVID-19 pandemic,” he added
In an effort to promote both mental and physical wellness, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment, through the Health Promotion Unit, and in conjunction with several stakeholders including the Dominica Wellness Association, Jungle Bay Resort and Spa, and Alliance Française de la Dominique, host its flagship event, ‘Yoga for You!’ on Saturday.