The Department of Public Health in conjunction with the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic is inviting Abaconians to participate in their first Community Health Fair, which is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Oct.27 at the BAIC Farmers Market and Craft Center. The fair will be held under the theme: “Let’s Get Well Abaco.”
In preparation for the fun-filled event, an initial planning committee meeting was held on August 21 at the Dundas Town Burial Society to address and encourage feedback from community stakeholders and business partners.
Shanishka Bain-Cambridge of Living Well Naturally called the meeting to order, and invited Bro. Lennie Etienne to open in prayer. Meanwhile, Nurse Maxine Brown, nurse-in-charge of the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic, gave the welcome address and remarks.
During her remarks, Bain-Cambridge offered statistics on obesity, which leads to chronic diseases like heart disease and diabetes in The Bahamas. Unfortunately, these diseases are a financial and social burden – costing the government millions of dollars of healthcare related costs.
However, as they focus on the promotion of health and wellness at the health fair, Bain-Cambridge told the audience that we must first be aware of the condition of our bodies. There is already a Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases Clinic (CNCD) set up at the government clinic, so they plan to update their records on those with chronic diseases and encourage them to increase their physical activity and consumption of fruits and vegetables.
The Community Health Fair will provide a range of health services and activities like health screenings; health education, counseling and presentations; healthy food preparation demonstrations; fitness activities; backyard gardening demonstrations; and food vending and entertainment.
At the Speakers Corner, there will be additional presentations that will specifically target the prevention and treatment of hypertension, back-to-school road safety, conflict resolution, basic CPR and First Aid, Women’s Health, fire safety in the home, and youth presentations.
Bain-Cambridge also appealed to the culinary community to spark their interest in participating in a Healthy Iron Chef Competition. There is also a need for persons who have experience with event planning and coordination to lend a hand in organizing the event. More assistance is needed in the areas of donations and funding; event promotions and marketing; infrastructure and layout; decorations; and fair booths and vending.
“If everyone does their part, we can all make it come together,” she expressed.
In attendance were representatives from the media, insurance agents, volunteer, farmers, culinary and fitness professionals, Tourism, Dept. of Social Services, and Dept. of Education.
The next meeting has been scheduled for September 11 at 11 a.m. at the Dundas Town Burial Society.