National Physical Education Programme needed

Contrast
It is not by accident that countries that do not have a National Physical Fitness programme encounter innumerable problems in respect of the overall health of its population.
In the USA, for example, despite the fashionable fitness crazes that appear and disappear ever so often, there is much concern over the ever-increasing incidence of obesity in general and in specific states. The message does not seem to be getting across to enough Americans to suggest a nation sufficiently conscious of its people’s physical well-being.
More recently the US media have been highlighting the growth in cases of obesity amongst children in their own country and of the pending consequences for American Society.
The fast food mentality, encouraged by the same US media, has taken dreadful toll.

The case of SVG
Here at home we do not generally do much to highlight the importance of physical fitness to our general well-being.
Like the Americans we are pulled apart. On the one had we are urged to adopt the fast food mentality as opposed to the inculcation of healthy eating habits, while on the other hand we are encouraged to join the fitness craze.
Just as we are anxious, historically, to see what the US media feed us as more appropriate than that which we produce and/or initiate locally, we fall prey to their dictates in the realm of approaches to fitness.
Of course each morning we have scores of people on our streets struggling to keep fit. We have others for whom the afternoons at different playing fields seem more appropriate. There are yet others who expend monies at various fitness gyms that have sprung up around the country.
Unfortunately far too many see their involvement in one or the other aforementioned pursuits as joining the crowd, being in vogue, a part of the latest fad.
This may well explain why many become despondent that there seems little change in their overall appearance.
Many use their weekly walks as merely a social event that allows for sharing experiences of the week just concluded and, at the activity’s conclusion, to engage in activities that are actually antithetical to their overall physical well-being. Scores of Vincentians engage in their daily walk/run programmes as a means of losing weight, with little success.