Freshmen going to the University of the West Indies (UWI) in Jamaica can look forward to morning of gentle yoga thanks to the Jamaica Moves program. Like many schools around the world integrating yoga into the school curriculum, The UWI believes that yoga can help the incoming freshies adjust better into university life which may come with many academic, emotional, personal, financial, and social challenges.
Jamaica Moves partnered with the university’s Student Services and Development Manager on the Aston Preston Hall to not only offer gentle yoga classes as part of the Wednesday Wellness Workout activities, but also educate students about non-communicable diseases (NCD) and the associated risk factors.
Other student activities planned for Wednesday Wellness Workout include meal planning, nutrition, power aerobics, zumba, body scuplting, 5k runs, and various health and wellness talks.
Jamaica Moves hopes that the free one-hour yoga classes, lead by Tanisha Hibbert, for UWI students will encourage fitness and healthy eating in the university. They also hope it will help them navigate through issues of loving and accepting themselves as they pursuing their studies.
Jamaica Moves across the island
According to a report in The Gleamer, the program, which launched in April 2014, has been gaining support and attention throughout Jamaica. It began as the country’s coordinated national response to the increased number of NCDs across the island.
On Sept. 14, the Jamaica Moves Road Tour will be held in Westmoreland.
One of the aims of Jamaica Moves is to conduct island tours educate and build supportive environments to reduce NCDs by 25 per cent by 2025.