Health Watch in Swaha Hindu College
Located at 3/4mm Coalmine Road, Sangre Grande, Swaha Hindu College (SHC) was transferred into its new building since the beginning of the new school year in September of 2009. With this new milieu there have been various changes in the school system. One such change was the “No soft drink day,” which was initiated last year. In an effort to advocate health, effective as of January this year, SHC has completely debarred the consumption of soft drinks in the school. The once enjoyed flavoursome drinks by many students and teachers as well, are now substituted with a variety of juices and milk drinks. We are proud to say, this project has been successful thus far.
In addition to this healthy lifestyle initiative, the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA) was invited to the school where members took the opportunity to lecture to the student population on diabetes. This was done in a very comical, yet educational way, which truly grasped the attention of the students. More so, students were tested for diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Furthermore, the Principal of SHC, Pundit Balram Persad, has promoted the importance of vegetarianism from since the inception of the school’s opening in September 2001; as vegetarian meals are only allowed on the school’s compound. He also initiated the drive for an aerobics burnout which took place on the 19th February of this year.
As such, SHC is determined to maintain this trend as a means of promoting their health-driven focus, and by extension be the pioneer school that not only promotes academics and extra curricular activities, but also healthy living .
Also Posted on The Trinidad Guardian’s Website