Taking a Healthy Interest in You
An agency of the Ministry of Health
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Observed Health Periods

Salt Awareness Week

Objective: To educate the public on the harmful effects of too much salt on their health and simple ways to reduce sodium in their diet. Also encourage regular blood pressure screening as high blood pressure is viewed as a “silent killer”. Many suffer from high blood pressure and are not aware because there are no symptoms.

Salt Awareness Week Public Education Campaign:

  • Print and electronic ads to encourage behaviour change
  • Fact Sheets
  • Brochures, Posters, Flyers widely distributed
  • Silicone armbands with the slogan
  • News releases and radio interviews
  • Free blood pressure checks in NHF Customer Care Centre
  • Flash Mob
  • Organised Protest
  • Social Media notifications

National Physical Activity Week

National Physical Activity Week was initiated by the NHF in 2009, and sanctioned by our Governor General. During this week (usually early April) activities are organized to promote Physical activity amongst all Jamaicans.

Activities have included:

  • NHF Work It Out Challenge launch
  • NHF Health Fair – Physical Activities and Screening
  • NHF Aerobic Fitness Marathon in Emancipation Park
  • Mass Aerobics Sessions in different areas of the island

Below is a listing of Health Days Observed by the NHF.

February 4
March 12
March 10-16
April 6
April 7
April 7-13
May 31
September 14
November 14
December 1
World Cancer Day
World Glaucoma Day
Salt Awareness Week
World Physical Day
World Health Day
National Physical Activity Week
World No Tabacco Day
Men's Health Month 
Caribbean Wellness Day 
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
World Diabetes Day 
World Aids Day


Please see all WHO International Observed Health Days - Click Here