Analysis of data retrieved from the logistic regression analysis suggests that the main risk factors for hypertension are being female, advancing age, obesity, having diabetes and having a family history of hypertension. Jamaica has a point prevalence of hypertension of 30.8% in the 15-and-over age group. Statistics on the prevalence rate of diabetes has revealed that 415 million people have diabetes in the world and more than 44.3 million people in the North Atlantic Caribbean (NAC Region); by 2040 this will rise to 60.5 million. (International Diabetes Federation [IDF], 2015). These suggests the importance of formulating policies aimed at reducing the prevalence rate of lifestyle diseases among the populous.
With the increase of health awareness in Jamaica, this project seeks to develop a variety of turmeric and lemongrass products. This project also strives to improve the health of students, school personnel, families, and community members, as good health supports lifelong learning, living and wellbeing. Excelsior Community College seeks to launch its line of products as well as to train individuals in developing products deemed compatible to their own lifestyle practices.
The line of products are as follows:
- Turmeric tea
- Turmeric ginger tea
- Turmeric lemon grass tea
- Turmeric sauce
- Turmeric and Lemongrass facial and body care products