Wilson and Blokhuis sign Sports and Prevention Accord

Commissioner Wilson (left) and State Secretary Blokhuis sign the Sports and Prevention Accord during a meeting in The Hague on Tuesday, June 11. Photo: Government of Saba.

THE HAGUE/SABA—On Tuesday, June 11, Commissioner of Public Health and Sports Rolando Wilson and State Secretary of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports Paul Blokhuis signed a Sports and Prevention Accord in which parties commit to structurally invest in sports and prevention to improve the health of Saba’s residents.

The Ministry of Public Health, Wellbeing and Sports VWS, represented by State Secretary Blokhuis, and the Public Entity Saba, represented by Commissioner Wilson, signed the accord, titled “Together towards a healthier Saba,” at the VWS Ministry in The Hague.

The accord has a long-term ambition to achieve a healthier Saba where a healthy life style prevails. A community where children have a good start from which they can benefit from this their entire life, where active adults feel fit, and with elderly people who enjoy many healthy years and can actively participate for as long as they can. With this accord, the Ministry of VWS and the Public Entity Saba want to improve the balance between prevention and care.

Five areas

The Sports and Prevention Accord contains a broad range of measures with concrete objectives and actions in five areas: obesity, problematic alcohol use, smoking and drug use, sports and movement, sexual health, and vital sports and prevention organizations. The measures will be carried out by the Public Health Department of the Public Entity Saba in cooperation with local organizations.

In the accord, parties expressed the ambition to reduce the number of people on Saba with obesity. The aim is to have people eat, drink and engage in sports and movement activities that contribute to a healthy life style, and to offer support for obese persons. The accord further aims to reduce the number of people who often consume large quantities of alcohol and who smoke tobacco.

A large percentage of the people are engaging too little in physical exercise. Through the accord, parties aim to increase the percentage of people that engage in physical exercise and sports, and to secure sufficient and a well-maintained and affordable sports infrastructure. The Cruyff Court plays an important role in this, along with community sports coaches.

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