Music, aroma of healthy food and animated conversations filled the air at the St Johns Health Centre as the Ministry of Health hosted a Health & Wellness Fair as part of our commemoration of Caribbean Wellness Day, 2011.
Caribbean Wellness Day Health Fair 2011
The venture was supported by friends from the New York Chapter of the American Heart Association and the American Hypertension Association.
The event that took place under the Theme “Love That Body”, was organised with an aim of getting residents to love their bodies to the extent that they would eat healthy meals and snacks, exercise regularly as appropriate for their age and health status and get frequent check-ups – with a main focus on chronic non-communicable diseases (although other health issues were highlighted).
The Fair was designed to provide information on prevention and management of many of the non-communicable diseases, as well as to provide an opportunity for screening. The event ran from 10:00a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Physical activities and information was also provided for children, and some parents took the opportunity to have their teenagers screened.
Other stakeholders who joined in the Fair included:
The event ended with a 40 minute aerobic session, designed to demonstrate basic exercises that persons could do to improve their fitness level and their health.
The impact of the Health Fair is still being assessed, but the turn out and participation exceeded our expectations. We were particularly happy to see the number of men who visited the fair and benefited from the screening opportunities.
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