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National Policy for the Promotion of Healthy Lifestyles in Jamaica

Ministry of Health Government of Jamaica Country Resources General Health Policies Jamaica 1 April 2004 Policy document child and adolescent, non communicable disease, prevention

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The goal of the policy is to decrease the incidence of chronic diseases, high risk sexual behavior/violence and injury through the adaptation of appropriate behaviours by the population and particularly young children, adolescents and young adults.

Specific objectives defined for the main components of the policy are:
1. Chronic diseases - with regard to levels of physical activity, increased availability and consumption of healthy foods resulting in no excess increase in bodyweight and a reduction in the incidence of smoking among the Jamaican population.
2. Reproductive health - aimed at increasing the adoption of appropriate reproductive health behavior with emphasis on the pre-adolescents, adolescents and the youth.
3. Reduction in the risk behaviours that lead to violence, unintentional injury and suicide.

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