Caribbean Nutrition Day is orgnized on every 1st of June. The theme remains the same each year (Healthy Eating Active Living – HEAL); however, the tag line is changed. The Caribbean Association of Nutritionists and Dietitians (CANDi) is the organization responsible for spearheading the focus of Caribbean Nutrition Day. The topic of Caribbean Creativity became an important point for consideration to educate and promote the use of local foods and natural resources, especially during the COVID-19 crises. The benefits of using locally available foods and resources are important to increase nutritional intake, boost immunity and overall wellness.
The theme for 2020 is, therefore:
"Healthy Eating, Active Living: Be Creative Caribbean Style!"
The rationale behind the selected tagline this year were as follows:
While CANDi is a professional association, its role in the Region involves community outreach. Therefore, as part of its health promotion and education efforts, information is shared, and activities are encouraged among the general public across the Caribbean.
Numerous health practices in the Caribbean can be maximized to promote optimal nutrition, adequate exercise, and overall wellbeing. Thousands of visitors travel to the Caribbean to enjoy the natural health resources often taken for granted by citizens. So, each person is reassured that it is okay to embrace the nutritional and wellness benefits of locally grown as opposed to imported foods.
Individuals are encouraged to be adventurous and to try nutritious cuisines from across the Caribbean while enjoying national dishes by incorporating heart-healthy fats and oils. Persons are also encouraged to use the multi mix principle to obtain a good nutrient supply from combining different food groups.
In addition, there are wonderful natural available resources such as the beach, cold river water, hot water springs, mineral baths and rich bentonite soil. Children in the Caribbean still sing, dance, and play games like hopscotch, skip rope, and "Chinese" skip (a game made from ropes of rubber-band where they jump in skilful array of movements). The Caribbean is also blessed with valuable heritage, music, and ways that evoke laughter and dance, thereby helping to improve overall mental health.
Some key messages are highlighted on the colourful flyer, and dietitians around the globe are invited to participate in available nutrition and wellness practices wherever they are. Planning to visit a Caribbean island of choice? Come and experience distinct Caribbean flavours!
Dorothy M. Graham-Charles, PhD Candidate
Board of Directors 2019 - 2021
Caribbean Association of Nutritionists and Dietitians [CANDi]