SIZING UP OBESITY: The 2017 WHO Global School-Based Student Health Survey shows that obesity rates in boys have almost doubled since 2010 – from 5.3% to 10.3%. Among girls, there has been a marked increase from 6.7% to 9.9%. In response to the findings, Jamaica’s Ministry of Health has announced that its flagship programme, Jamaica Moves, is about to be introduced to schools (as of April) to help in the fight against obesity. According to the MoH, the programme will target, in addition to students, parents and educators to engage them on the role healthy eating and physical activity play in long-term development. The programme will also enforce regulations to create healthier school environments.
IT’S OFFICIAL: Justice Bryan Sykes has been conferred with the Order of Jamaica (OJ), the country’s fourth highest honour. The investiture coincided with his official swearing in as Jamaica’s new Chief Justice, during a ceremony on March 1 at King’s House. “I wish to thank God and our Lord Jesus Christ for elevating me, by way of the decisions of man, to this position of trust and leadership,” Sykes said in his response. “To be head of the country’s judiciary is an awesome responsibility. It is not one that I take lightly.” Casting a keen eye over the justice system, Sykes noted that some aspects of the court system du jour will have to be reviewed and replaced with more modern methods. Sykes succeeded Zaila McCalla, who is now enjoying retirement.