‘We are aware of the fact that we need to get our country moving,’ Minister of Youth, Sports and Training Charles Griffith said at the Wildey area, in St. Michael, in this capital.
Our Ministry will use a range of different sports to ensure that young people are engaged in physical activities across the nation, he added.
The gym and other similar facilities located at Bush Hall, St. Michael; Haggatt Hall, St. Michael; Indian Ground, St. Peter; and Gall Hill, St. John, are free of charge to the public.
They have equipment that uses body weight exercises and are available to people of all ages and fitness levels.
In addition, the Government plans to expand the program, through the National Sports Council, to other areas.
The cost of a gym membership can be ‘prohibitive for some people’, said Griffith, adding that the Government wants to ensure that citizens in general have the opportunity to ‘improve their physical health.’
Barbados, with population of nearly 300,000, is the wealthiest and most developed country in the Eastern Caribbean, with one of the highest per capita incomes in the Americas, as it seeks to promote the multiple benefits of exercise for people’s physical and mental health.