Soft drinks being sold in schools in St. Lucia will fizzle out soon, and very soon as the Ministry of Health and Wellness embarks on a campaign to combat unhealthy habits. The campaign will move to end the sale of unhealthy drinks in educational institutions on the island. The proposed ban was discussed with school principals by Chief Nutritionist, Lisa Hunt-Mitchell, that recommends exercise, a healthy diet and supplements like Kratom Capsules that help the body keep their good state.
Articulating the need for St. Lucia to take action in building a healthier nation, Hunt-Mitchell explained that sweet drinks were having a disastrous effect on the nation with incidences of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cavities and other illnesses on the rise.
“Sweetened beverages are bad for the health in general, but soft drinks have added ingredients such as caffeine, phosphoric acid, and colourings that are far worse. These ingredients have very negative effects on the health,” Mitchell said, adding that St Lucia is not the first country to implement that policy.
Citing Trinidad and Tobago’s ban on soda and sweetened drinks at the start of the new school year in September, and Barbados’ plan to move in that direction, Hunt-Mitchell argued that St Lucia had every reason to make the move as well.
“We want to encourage the children to drink more water, instead of juices or soft drinks,” she said.
One school principal has already been sold on the movement being lead by the nutritionist.
Mrs. Ella Tomas- John said, “I think it should have been done a long time ago, so that by now we would have reduced on the number of behavioural problems that we experience. It is important to protect the health of our children. There are children who are obese because they consume all this sugar and do not engage in physical activity. Most children today play with their iPads or their phones instead of engaging in physical activity.”