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Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:00

On Monday February 3rd, the Belize City Council officially launched a fitness program called "Get Moving Belize". According to Mayor Darrell Bradley, the program will see a partnering between Body 2000, the Belize Diabetes Association and the Belize City Council to promote healthy lifestyles for Belize city residents through exercise.

Every morning from Monday to Thursday for the next three months, residents are encouraged to come out to the Battlefield Park, the Memorial Park and the Maud Williams high school basketball court from 5 to 6 in the morning to exercise. Mayor Bradley says the purpose is two fold: to promote healthy lifestyles as well as to encourage the use of public spaces in Belize City. "We are going to have zumba classes; we are going to be doing a weigh in, so that people can actually monitor their progress. We are going to be working with the Diabetes Association to provide continuous diabetes, pressure and sugar testing, so that we are actually tracing individuals and their making improvement," "We are talking about building a better city and important to that is building better citizens and building positive values and building a sense of wellness and welfare," stated the mayor.

Mayor Bradley added that the program is one that the council is keen on since it is the council's goal to transform the city, not only through its infrastructure but also transforming individuals through wellness and welfare.

Partner organization in the program will be the Belize Diabetes Association and its president Anthony Castillo stated that, "increased physical activity is important in maintaining appropriate blood glucose level along with the reduction of hypertension. While there is no known cure for diabetes, this condition can be delayed or even avoided. While the condition can be acquired through genetics, it is not absolutely true that one will acquire the condition because a parent or a grandparent has been living with this condition. The lifestyle is a determining factor in type 2 diabetes."