A health-related club is expressing concern about what it has described as the growing rate of obesity and hypertension.
The numbers in Dominica are alarming, according to the Nuro Science Club of the Ross University School of Medicine.
“We have seen quite a bit of high blood pressure and obesity,” the Head Clinical Coordinator of the Club, Mathew Erisman, told a press conference.
Erisman while noting that there are quite a few healthy people in Dominica, cautioned that “We need to realize that life is less about doing what you want and more about taking care of oneself”.
He suggested that those who work a lot “in the bush and those who live very active lives” are in better shape.
“There is a way of life that is very healthy on the island and that shouldn’t be lost,” he said.
Mayor of Roseau Cecil Joseph has also weighed in on the issue.
“We need to have a health check every three months. Illness hits at anytime. One of my main reasons for this is to ensure that the people of the city develop a healthy lifestyle,” he said of the work of the club described as the brainchild of the Roseau City Council.
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