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Search form Search Main menu Home News Business Sports Columns Contact Us E-Paper Shemelia Gilkes (left) and her daughter Amelia Gilkes were happy to accept a donation of healthy food from Dr. Elizabeth Mandeville (right), Acting Medical Officer of Health at the Eunice Gibson Polyclinic, as Cecelia Murray, Behaviour Change Specialist with the National HIV/AIDS Commission and personnel from the polyclinic’s Men’s Health Group look on.

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Healthy living key during pandemic Thu, 07/30/2020 – 5:41am By:  Regina Selman Moore Great focus is being placed on healthy living during the present COVID-19 pandemic.


Cecelia Murray, Behaviour Change Specialist with the National HIV/AIDS Commission recently sent the reminder that not only healthy eating is key during the pandemic, but she also pointed out that Barbadians should get their relevant health checks done as well, to ensure they are in the best of health.

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Murray spoke with The Barbados Advocate this week, as the HIV/AIDS Commission teamed up with the Men’s Health Group at the Eunice Gibson Polyclinic, to distribute healthy food such as fruits and vegetables, ground provisions and other goodies, to patients attending the polyclinic. The Commission also handed out HIV/AIDS pamphlets and condoms and was on hand to answer any health related questions members of the public had

“At the National HIV/AIDS Commission, we usually work with the Men’s Health Group. We look at giving them information, we are looking at giving them monetary support, (helping them with) research, things like that we would just do with the Men’s Health Group. So when they asked us about  what we can do for the Eunice Gibson Polyclinic during COVID, I sought to reach out to Grade One Farms, I reached out to Western Wholesale and a couple other entities, so  that they could donate some items to this worthy cause,” Murray explained of the partnership

She meanwhile stressed the need to reinforce key messages to the general public about healthy living, noting that a decision was made to go one step further, by actually distributing healthy foods to patients. As such, a tent was placed on the outside of the polyclinic and patients were directed there, after they received their various checkups or completed their appointments

“We are encouraging persons from the community to continue to eat healthy. We’re looking at encouraging them to come and get their checks done, because we recognise now the focus is on COVID, but you still have to be tested for HIV, you still have to be tested for diabetes, hypertension. You still have to make sure that you come to get your dressing and your medication. All those are things that we want to encourage,” she stated

“So in doing this, we wanted to give back to the community, not only telling them about healthy eating, but giving back to them, giving them tips on how to prepare good food and good menus,  to make sure that they are healthy, because we want a healthy community during this pandemic,” the Behaviour Change Specialist maintained

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