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To good health

Ralph Boyce Chairman of Men’s Educational Support Association

This Christmas, as we celebrate the birth of Christ, I wish everyone good health.

People talk about wealth but health is the main thing. If people, particularly men, would take better care of their health, make sure they get regular check-ups, follow the instructions when they do go to the doctor and take the medication as some men are not doing, they would be okay.

Certainly diet, exercise and what is often not stressed is rest, are important. I find that a lot of people don’t understand the importance of rest.

There are some men who told me they haven’t had a check up in 25 years. Some men have never gone to the doctor until they die. Health issues are critical and the most important this season.

Men need to take better care of themselves.

At this time of the year, when there’s an urge to overeat, not only should they not overeat but they should not eat the wrong things, such as foods that contain too much fat, salt or sugar. Eat more vegetables and fruits.

You should also cut down on the amount of food you eat. You should not have so much food that it falls off the side of your plate or then you go for seconds.

Additional, I would like to see men look after their own education, given all the opportunities that are offered to them. You hear about women coming forward but men have the same opportunities at the Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, the Barbados Community College and the University of the West Indies, but very often they’re not taking them. Women have been taking the initiative.

We started a programme at the St. Lawrence Primary School where men speak to the boys and for the new year I want to see more men taking the initiative on important things that effect men.

On behalf of Executive Committee of the Men’s Educational Support Association I extend seasons greetings to all members and their loved ones.

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