CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank in association with the Lions Clubs of Barbados will be promoting a healthier Barbadian population through the prevention of obesity and pre-diabetes among school children ages nine (9) to thirteen (13) years.

This is through a major project that will be undertaken by the Lions Clubs next year that will seek to examine the practices of children and adolescents ranging from ages 9-13 years in randomly selected primary and secondary schools across Barbados.

The project was jump started when the initiative was recently announced at CIBC FirstCaribbean’s Rendezvous Corporate Centre where the Managing Director for Barbados Mark St. Hill presented the first cheque to the Lions that will assist them in purchasing equipment to work on the project next year.

The overall aims of this study are:

1. To reduce the number of prediabetes/ overweight/ obese school children in Barbados (ages 8-13 years).
2. To create awareness about heart disease, diabetes, obesity and lipid disorders in children and adolescents through a school-based intervention programme.
a. To describe their association with physical activity
3. To examine the cultural influence of obesity in Caribbean school children.
4. To determine the associations of weight status with perceptions of body size, health and diet quality.
5. To strength the capacity of “in-school” healthcare providers to identify and manage prediabetes/ overweight/ obese school children in the Barbados (ages 9-13 yrs).
6. To build awareness among school vendors in nutritional standards to enable them to provide “healthier food choices”.

Dr. Carlisle Goddard will be one of the physicians working on the project with the Lions Clubs.

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