Dietary and physical activity behaviours of Guyanese adolescents’ survey revealed that only one-tenth of youth are consuming daily recommended fruit and vegetable intake. Only half of youth participate in vigorous physical activity and less than half in moderate physical activity.
Background: In Guyana, the five leading causes of death are ischaemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, cancer, diabetes mellitus and hypertension. Maintaining healthy eating habits and adequate daily physical activity could prevent many of these conditions.
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We investigated the long-term effect of a brief school-based curriculum intervention on dietary behaviours and physical activity among primary school children. The intervention was associated with significantly lower intakes of fried foods and sodas and higher knowledge scores 18 months later.