Sports for Health in Grenada

By Satesh Bidaisee, Associate Professor of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, St. George's University
February 22, 2013

As diabetes, hypertension, and vascular diseases rise in Grenada, citizens are being encouraged to increase exercise to slow or reverse the progression of these chronic diseases. The Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF) is assisting by partnering with the Royal Grenada Police Force to host sporting and exercise classes for local communities. This community based initiative is evaluated for the effectiveness of these camps by measuring participant effort in units of Metabolic Equivalents (METs). The jogging, aerobics, and dance classes all produced approximately 6 (six) METs at the Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced levels of participant involvement. The results showed the Grenadian program was effective at producing participant intensity at levels equal to or greater than similar exercises programs. These METs levels provide evidence that the Grenadian exercise program will be effective at combatting chronic diseases in Grenada by increasing physical activity and decreasing sedentary lifestyle.

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