The CARICOM Heads of Summit on Chronic Diseases in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, September 2007, established Caribbean Wellness Day. Caribbean Wellness Day (CWD) is observed every year on the second Saturday of September. Inaugurated in 2008, CWD is an annual event which provides an opportunity to increase the awareness of the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) burden in the Caribbean; mobilise and strengthen public, private, and civil society partnerships for NCDs; promote multi country, multisectoral activities in support of wellness; and showcase national and community level activities to promote healthy living and encourage residents to develop good health practices.
For the period 2016–2019 CWD has been aligned with the Port of Spain Declaration - NCDs Agenda, as part of the Caribbean Cooperation in Health (CCH). The overall theme is Love That Body within the lifecycle approach.
Caribbean Wellness Day 2018 focuses on adults and bears the theme, Healthy Communities: Preserving the Workforce and urges individuals to Be healthy, stay healthy...it’s your job! In keeping with the basic human right to health at work, CARPHA appeals to private sector, governments, civil society, communities and individuals to do all that you can to make the healthy choice, the easy choice for all, especially at our places of work.
Click here for CWD message from Dr C. James Hospedales, Executive Director, CARPHA