Belize Joins Caribbean and Central America in Celebrating Wellness Week 2023: “Your Health is My Health” Theme Promotes Collective Action

Belize Joins Caribbean and Central America in Celebrating Wellness Week 2023: “Your Health is My Health” Theme Promotes Collective Action

This week, Belize is joining with countries within the Caribbean and Central America to celebrate Wellness Week. The annual event began on Monday, September 25 and will conclude on September 29. The initiative is being led by the Ministry of Health & Wellness, in partnership with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), and UNICEF, along with other local and regional partners. The initiative is one of the many means being employed by the health sector to combat the country’s high rate of non-communicable diseases, by raising awareness and providing information. The Ministry explained that Wellness Week is being observed under the 2020-2024 overarching theme “Power through Collective Action,” with a specific theme still assigned for each year. The theme for Wellness Week 2023 is “Your health is my health,” which highlights the role all sectors of society play in fostering healthy lifestyles at home, in schools, and in the workplace. The Ministry has been holding activities every day in honor of Wellness Week, including holding activities in regional hospitals highlighting mental health on Monday, and a workplace wellness forum in Belmopan on Tuesday. The Ministry also issued a statement saying quote, “On this occasion, the Ministry of Health & Wellness encourages everyone, especially leaders, to facilitate the adoption of healthy behaviors in the spaces where individuals spend most of their time. Support and join in this year’s celebration of Wellness Week by taking proactive decisions to reduce the prevalence of NCDs by doing regular health checks, eating healthy foods, drinking more water during the day, and becoming more physically active,” end of quote. The activities will conclude with a “Socathon” around the Ring Road in Belmopan on Friday.

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