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Sep 14, 2022

Wellness Week to Promote Taking Breaks from the Desk

Later this month, the Ministry of Health and Wellness will observe Wellness Week in union with the rest of Central America. Director of Public Health and Wellness, Doctor Melissa Diaz- Musa says that from September twenty-fourth to the twenty-ninth there will be daily activities, starting with a Soca-thon in Belize City.


Melissa Diaz-Musa

Dr. Melissa Diaz-Musa, Director, Public Health & Wellness

“It includes and incorporates nutrition, physical activity, mental health, the Drug Abuse Council, and volunteerism as well, so we try to get persons to ensure that we have an awareness of what a healthy lifestyle would be. Workplace wellness is another area that we’re trying to ensure that we promote and not just physical wellness but mental and emotional wellness as well in the workplace. To ensure that we develop and create a workplace that promotes breastfeeding, ensure that it promotes breaks if you need mental breaks, walking around, getting up from behind your desk and ensuring that you move around a little bit, green spaces that you can eat and that you can take a break, and access as well to counseling, to other types of care, nutrition, general check-ups, so many different areas. We’re trying to ask supervisors and managers to ensure that there is a place at their workplace that somebody can go to just a take. It can have soft music, you can have plants, you can make a nice space, you can have an area for mothers who are breastfeeding and allow staff. It won’t be that you will allow staff to be there for hours, but a few minutes of a break or walking up and down the corridor, just so that you are not concentrating for five, six hours sitting behind a desk without taking that mental and physical break.”

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