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Ministry of Health seeking nominations for Public Health Awards

The Department of Health is looking to honour those who promote healthy living for seniors.

The Health Ministry is now asking the public to nominate worthy individuals persons selected will be named at the 2012 Public Health Awards on April 2.

The theme is intended to tie in ageing and health, the theme of the World Health Organisation’s World Health Day on April 7, a spokeswoman said.

“The Department of Health promotes a healthy lifestyle across the lifespan to save lives, protect health and alleviate disability and pain in older age,” the spokeswoman said.

“Age-friendly environments and early detection of disease, as well as prevention and care, improve the well-being of older people.

“There are many individuals and organisations in Bermuda that promote the health and well-being of older people, and the Department of Health wishes to recognise that contribution.”

Within five years the number of adults over 65 years old will outnumber children under the age of five, said acting chief medical officer Cheryl Peek-Ball.

“For the past century, the expected lifespan has been increasing in the western world,” Dr Peek-Ball said. “More people now survive the process of childbirth and the health risks of childhood to live longer.

“Due to better sanitation, personal hygiene and vaccinations, it is now the norm to live through adulthood to reach old age. Soon, the world will have more older adults in it than children.”

The Department is asking the public to nominate those who have contributed to the health of older Bermudians who go above and beyond the call of duty and who are currently working with the Islands older population.

Nominations are due by March 23. For more information contact Pauleter Stevens on 278-6504 or e-mail healthpromotion[AT]gov.bm.

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Published March 05, 2012 at 8:55 am (Updated March 05, 2012 at 8:55 am)

Ministry of Health seeking nominations for Public Health Awards

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