About 51 percent of the deaths recorded in the Virgin Islands in 2012 were attributable to chronic non-communicable diseases, according to a survey conducted by the Ministry of Health and Social Development.
At least three of them were related to diabetes.
Those numbers were among the statistics that Elton Georges, president of the BVI Diabetes Association, discussed on Monday during a press conference at the Jana Downing Diabetes Resource Centre in Road Town.
Throughout November, the organisation will host activities highlighting the importance of a healthy lifestyle in the prevention of diabetes, Mr. Georges explained.
A walk starting at the Festival Village Grounds is scheduled for Nov. 14 as part of activities for Diabetes Awareness Month. Fitness trainer Lisa Adamson will lead a Zumba session after the walk, organisers said.
The BVI Diabetes Association is also asking for other community support. You can help by joining the organisation; by launching a new branch; by donating financial support individually or through a business; or by otherwise assisting with the BVIDA’s work.
For more information call 494-4125 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
See the Nov. 5, 2015 edition for full coverage.