Plans for the Department of Public Health’s Community Health Fair are taking shape and another meeting was held on September 11 for further discussions. The event, which will be held under the theme: “Let’s Get Well Abaco” is scheduled for October 27 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the BAIC Farmers Market.
Once again, Shanishka Bain-Cambridge led the discussion and was joined by Head Nurse Maxine Brown and R/N Shavone Brennen and Wendy Sands of the Marsh Harbour Government Clinic; Kendy Anderson from the Abaco Tourist Office; Ishmael Morley from the Dept. of Youth, Sports and Culture; and Nadia Russell-Lewis from the Dept. of Public Health in Fox Town.
All government clinics on Abaco have teamed up for this initiative.
Bain-Cambridge explained that the health fair was organized to provide Abaconians with information that can assist them with healthy lifestyle choices for themselves and their families.
Included in the services and activities planned for that day are health screenings; demonstrations on backyard gardening, healthy food preparation and presentations by the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Dept. and Abaco Cancer Society. There will be an Emergency Medical Services Station; a Health Education/Social Wellbeing Speakers Corner; Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases (CNDC) Health/Nutrition Unit; a Junior and Senior Healthy Chef Competition. Fitness and fun activities along with food and entertainment will also be provided.
Brennen, CNDC coordinator at the Marsh Harbour Clinic, added that the health fair allows them to target people with chronic diseases that they are not aware of simply because they may visit private doctors.
“The information we will be giving out will be focusing a lot on helping you live a longer life basically through the foods you eat,” Brennen pointed out. “Along with the talks and the screenings, we’re going to be able to guide and give people the support they probably may not have at this time. We’re hoping to extend that as part of the fair and beyond.”
Kendy Anderson is assisting with the food vendor section and has put together a draft form that vendors can collect at the Abaco Tourist Office. Once vendors receive a letter from the Dept. of Environmental Health and an approved vendor’s license from the Police Station, they will receive a business license just for the event.
As for promotion of the event, Bain-Cambridge said they would resort to using local media, the Cruiser’s Net, churches and marketing via the Internet to disseminate information. They have also gained the support of Principal Ricardo Ferguson of Abaco Central High School (ACH) and Principal Rodney Smith of Central Abaco Primary School (CAPS). Sebastian Andrews from the Dept. of Youth will assist as a graphic artist by creating flyers and banners for the health fair.
Additionally, Bain-Cambridge appealed to churches and schools that can loan chairs and tables for the event. Toward the end of the meeting, suggestions were made concerning prizes for the games, activities and competitions that will be held.