Students from several schools within Port-of-Spain and environs have been urged to place their health as a top priority, since their health is their wealth and that the health of Trinidad and Tobago was all about the health of its youth.
The comment came from Mrs Sharon Rowley, wife of Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley, patron of the Fifth Edition of En ToTo’s Secondary School Fitness Fair held before Carnival at the Nelson Mandela Park, St Clair.
The theme for the event this year was “It’s ok to do Right”.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, several Government ministers were also in attendance including Stuart Young, Minister of National Security, Ayanna Webster-Roy, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Shamfa Cudjoe, Minister of Sport and Youth Affairs, as well as representatives from both the Ministries of Social Development and Family Services, Health and Education.
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services, Jacinta Bailey-Sobers, who spoke on behalf of Minister Camille Robinson-Regis, emphasized the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.
She said, “Our body has to do with our mind and our overall well-being so we need to take good care of it”.
Bailey-Sobers also highlighted the need for the students to take messages about good health and fitness back to their homes, schools, and workplaces and become ‘fitness buddies’ for each other.
En ToTo which hosted the event is a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), dedicated to changing the social landscape through youth-oriented initiatives in the country.