Youth is a crucial period for establishing positive health and social behaviours. It is a time when young persons aged 15-29 years, transition from childhood through adolescence to independent adulthood. It is a period when they undergo emotional and physical changes. Although our Caribbean youths are generally healthy, a growing number of factors influence their health. These include family and community, environmental factors, socioeconomic factors, and health factors such as communicable diseases, violence and injury, body weight, physical activity, nutrition and substance use.
Poor health in this group can be detrimental to national economies, through direct economic losses for treatment and indirect costs of lost productivity. It is therefore critical that the health and well-being of our young people are promoted and protected as a critical ingredient to the social, health and productivity agendas for the Region. It is with this in mind that Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) 2017 focuses on the Youth under the theme “Securing a Future Generation through Eating Healthy and Not Smoking” with the slogan "Be fresh, be cool, reduce the risk." Read more