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ROLE MODEL: Grenada's Kirani James won the 400m gold at the recent World Championships in Daegu recently

TOP SPORTS stars are supporting the campaign for a healthier Grenada - spearheaded by ‘Sport for Health in the Caribbean,’ with the support of the Government of Grenada and the Grenada National Olympic Committee.

The initiative will be given added impetus as a result of national research findings involving 500 Grenadians, on their motivation for leading a healthier lifestyle.

The campaign is being supported by leading former Caribbean sportspeople, including Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson, former footballers Cyrille Regis and Garth Crooks, and Jason Roberts from Grenada, who also plays for Blackburn Rovers.

A major objective of the campaign is to confront the challenges of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension and obesity.

The announcement, made at the conclusion of the United Nations NCD Summit in New York, “will enable us to develop a national database and measure results on whether the campaign has made a lasting impact among different age and sex populations throughout Grenada. And, if not, what needs to be done,” said a spokesperson.

A study has shown that 80 per cent of Grenadian women over the age of 25 are classified as obese. The spokesperson added: “We seek to galvanise Grenadians in the battle for a healthier lifestyle and pass on the lessons learned to other Caribbean countries.”

The role model and first sporting ambassador for the campaign is Kirani James, Grenada’s first gold athletics winner at the recent World Athletics Championships.

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