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Jamaica Launches Physical Activity Guide in Braille

man reading braille book in home

The Ministry of Health and Wellness has launched a Physical Activity Guide in Braille, with the aim of preventing an upsurge of non-communicable diseases among people with vision disabilities

The document focuses on the messages and activities being promoted by Jamaica Moves and other health-based campaigns.

The book was launched on May 17 at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston and copies handed over to representatives from various disability groups.

“Today is another historic day, as for the first time, we will unveil a Physical Activity Guide in Braille for members of the blind community, who can utilize the Guide to advance a happier and more productive life,” Mr. Bryan said.

“In 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared physical inactivity as the fourth leading risk factor for global mortality. In Jamaica, physical inactivity accounts for 12 per cent of all-cause mortality, contributing to 13 per cent of breast cancer, 14 per cent of colon cancer, eight per cent of coronary heart disease and 10 per cent of Type 2 diabetes. These exposures lead to elevated blood pressures, elevated blood sugars, overweight and obesity and by extension, this leads to non-communicable diseases,” she said.