Apr 11, 2008

Students of San Pedro High School are the winners of the ninth annual A-D-M
Belize Mills National Competition. The competition was held today at the
Princess Hotel and Casino and had the participation of eight secondary
schools from across the country. Second place went Orange walk Technical
High and third place went to Sacred Heart College from Cayo. Erica
McGregor, Technical Advisor for Health Promotion and Supervisor for HOCOPAB
in Belize told us more about the purpose of the competition.

Erica McGregor, Technical Advisor for Health Promotion and Supervisor for

"The idea behind the quiz is that when you're looking at the
epidemiological profile of the country you find that a lot of our people
are dying from complications from chronic non communicable disease like
cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes and hypertension. The whole
purpose of the quiz is to inform our young people with the correct
information for them to actually adapt good behaviour or positive
behaviour. So you find that our young people who will become adults later
in life will prepare more healthy meals for their families. We felt it is a
good strategy because it engages young people in meaningful discussion
about the importance of nutrition and the whole importance of exercise to
healthy living. We find that over the years the schools' interest has
increased and we have more schools participating over the years."

Other high schools that took part in this year's national competition is
Ladyville Technical High, Belize Adventist College from Corozal, Belmopan
Comprehensive, Stann Creek Ecumenical High School and Toledo Community
College. Students from the top three schools will be chosen to represent
Belize at the regional competition later this year.

Erica McGregor, Technical Advisor for Health Promotion and Supervisor for

"What we have been doing in the past is that we have had the first place
winner representing the country but what we recognize is that many times it
is not a strong team and often we don't even reach the second round. What
we did last year developed a new strategy realizing that it is not a school
representing but the country we decided to ask the coaches from the schools
to select their strongest student from first, second and third place
winners and we did that last year and it paid off. We actually went as far
as the last round, we went all the way to Saint Lucia to compete against
Barbados for the first place. With 29 years of being involved it is a great

McGregor says that the students that will represent Belize will be selected
as early as next week to start training for the regional competition which
comes up in October. Last year Belize placed second in the Regional
Competition held in St. Lucia. The regional competition is organized by the
Caribbean Food and Nutrition Institute via audio conferencing facilities at
the UWI School of Continuing Studies.

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