Lions and organizations want more youth at health fair

POSTED: 03/20/12 3:04 PM


St. Maarten – Physical fitness, health awareness and financial planning are just some of the areas that a series of private and public organizations will be collaborating on to make the fourth annual Lions’ Club Health and Wellness Fair a success. The event will be held on Saturday March 24 at the Festival Village from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The organizers are hoping for an increased turnout over last year, most of whom should be “young people”, Wally Havertong said. All this week, the St.Maarten’s Lions Club will be executing a public awareness campaign so that the entire populace is informed of the many benefits that can be derived from attending the fair.
“It’s all about awareness to make your life healthier and better. People usually say I am too busy for this or that. It’s a day when you can actually go by 10 to 20 organizations in one location and get direct information and then follow up later,” organizing committee chairperson Jessica Vrolijk said.
All information, testing and materials distributed will be free of cost. HIV, glucose, blood pressure and cholesterol testing will be conducted while children between 0 to 17 years old can receive vaccination at the fair.
At a special meeting on Monday, the organizers along with stakeholders decided to brainstorm ways of having attendees visit as many of the stalls as possible because of past experiences. “Everybody rushes to the Diabetes Foundation booth and then goes home”, one person commented.
President of the Diabetes Foundation of St. Maarten Lotty Peterson revealed that a specific area will be set up for senior citizens to conduct their tests. She also stressed the need for the public to realize that all of Saturday’s activities will be “inter-related and everyone should visit all of the booths.”
Raymond Jessurun of the St.Maarten Senior Citizens and Pensioners Association said, “It is our duty to take it further and not just buy diazepam europe have persons visit the fair but follow up.” He urged all stakeholders to champion the cause for the elimination of social inequalities within the Kingdom.
Nagico and Fatum insurance agencies will provide information on life insurance, pensions and educational savings programs. Havertong issued a call for more insurance companies and Notary offices to become involved in the fair.
“It’s not only a health fair but a wellness fair. The wellness of a person is important and people have a lot of questions which need answers. So many organizations have come on board because they see the importance of giving people information.”
Some of the other organizations participating in the fair include SZV, Love of Kids, Alpha Healthcare, Dental Care Clinic of Dr. Cassandra Dowling, The St. Maarten Alzheimer’s Foundation and the Department of Health, Social Development and Labour.
The Mental Health Foundation plans to focus on attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and will give persons the opportunity to screen their behavioral patterns.
“Many persons do not know how to deal with negative emotions and this will be taught,” the Art of Living Foundation promised.
The Aids Foundation’s Rajesh Chintaman requested that more aggressive promoting efforts be targeted to the youth population for them to head to the Festival Village with the same excitement as they do for Carnival. On the issue of youth, the Diabetes Foundation said that attention should also be paid to the body mass index of young people most of whom are overweight and at risk for opportunistic diseases.
As part of its ongoing partnership with the St.Maarten Lions Club, Telem will be distributing free t-shirts to persons who visit more than three booths.
“You never know what is going on in your body until you come and find out for yourself,” Havertong remarked.

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