SAMS SUPPORTS MNIB’S HEALTHY ‘SNACKING’ INITIATIVE
Written by allyday on July 17, 2017
The Marketing and National Importing Board partners with Grenada’s health care providers to promote healthy eating for the nation.
MNIB has taken a pro-active step of providing mini-coolers for the storage and sales of fresh fruit with strategically chosen partners around the island. And, a natural synergy between them and health care providers such as St. Augustine’s Medical Services, has resulted.
Cognizant of the fact that eating fresh fruits provides a boost to our overall health and well-being, the MNIB initiative also takes into account that in today’s economy obtaining fresh fruits can be expensive. The idea was therefore formulated to offer a prepacked portion of selected and sliced fresh fruit at a very affordable cost for consumers.
Resident Physician at SAMS, Dr. Lutz Amechi, who continues to encourage a healthy eating nation, was therefore happy to partner with MNIB and have the mini cooler installed in the reception area of the facility. “Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories. People who eat more fruits and vegetables as part of an overall diet are more likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. They provide nutrients which are vital for the health and maintenance of our bodies,” he said.
MNIB delivers the fresh fruit on a daily basis allowing SAMS to give patients, visitors and staff an opportunity to take advantage of the many benefits of this healthy snack, right on the premises. Allyson Amechi, Administrative Director for SAMS noted; “Surprisingly the cooler is completely sold out almost every day. We are happy to have partnered with MNIB and even happier that having the cooler onsite is supporting persons in making positive healthy eating choices.”
As a reminder for the nation SAMS highlights just a few benefits of including fresh fruit in our diet:
 Fruits are a source of many essential nutrients that are under- consumed, inclusive of potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid).
 Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain healthy blood pressure.
 Dietary fiber from fruits helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and is said to lower the risk of heart disease.
 Fiber is also important for proper bowel function, it helps reduce constipation and diverticulosis.
 Vitamin C is important for growth and repair of all body tissues, helps heal cuts and wounds, and keeps teeth and gums healthy.
 Folate (folic acid) helps the body form red blood cells. Women of childbearing age who may become pregnant should consume adequate folate from foods, to reduce the risk of neural tube defects, spina bifida, and anencephaly during fetal development.
With the onset of the season SAMS also take the opportunity to encourage all to maintain a healthy and balanced diet, to keep up their stamina and enjoy good health and a fun-filled carnival.