By: Chaïra Flanders
Health and fitness enthusiasts showed up in their numbers early Saturday morning to participate in the September 12 Caribbean Wellness Day Health walk.
The walk which was scheduled to begin at 5:30 a.m kicked off with a warm up aerobics session that gave participants the opportunity to stretch and prepare for the exercise.
The participants walked from the Cenotaph and headed onto the island Bay Road up to the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, moved across the FT Williams highway and back through Basseterre to the CFB College and ended at the Cenotaph.
While present at the walk, Chair of the 37th Independence Anniversary Committee, Honourable Akilah Byron-Nisbett said that although the walk forms part of the Independence celebratory activities, it was held under the SKN Moves initiative.
She also explained how important it is to encourage our people to get up and get moving.
“As you can see we are all decked out in our SKN Moves shirts and it’s all a part of encouraging persons to continue to move and continue to think about your health and continue to just make sure that you are active and your families are active so that we will be able to have a healthy society and we can live longer. So I am encouraging everyone even after this move today, just keep moving and keep exercising”
While many of the participants used the event to walk, others were seen jogging and running as they made their way to the first checkpoint in Bird Rock.
Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. Hon. Timothy Harris was also present at the wellness walk.
The walk also coincides with the launch of Caribbean Wellness Week which runs from Saturday September 12 –Friday September 18 and is being held under the theme, “Stronger Together: Health Across the Life Course”.