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Welcome National Play Day

Published:Saturday | November 10, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

The wider government, in conjunction with the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, is embarking on a worthwhile initiative, National Play Day, to enhance the capacity of the young and the young at heart to perform at optimum productivity.

The primary target group are the primary students who failed to do the things their predecessors have been doing for centuries: playing! This new plan of action is called National Play Day, which will come on stream on November 20. This is truly a meaningful and solid gesture for the protection of the young and vulnerable from lifestyle diseases.

 

Sedentary lifestyle

 

The young people seem to play no more; instead, they are always on gadgets playing games or

being couch potatoes watching television. This sedentary lifestyle has long being deemed inappropriate for healthy, wholesome living. Inactivity compromises a child's capacity to avert non-communicable diseases.

Children no longer find time to play soccer, cricket or table tennis. They don't play jacks, bull in a pen, hopscotch, skipping, marbles or the various other ring games. Children do not romp anymore.

Non-communicable diseases are widespread among the younger populace and we need divine intervention to save them from themselves. We also need more green spaces where people can have fresh air to breathe, especially in urban settings.

PARIS TAYLOR

paristaylor82@hotmail.com

Greater Portmore