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Lions Club brings health fair to the Brac

Members of the Lions Club of Cayman Brac hosted a successful health an wellness fair for the community

Members of the Lions Club of Cayman Brac hosted a successful health and wellness fair for the community

On Monday, 17 June, the Lions Club of Cayman Brac hosted a successful health and wellness fair at the Aston Rutty Civic Centre, attracting strong support from the local community.

The theme of the fair was ‘Health and Wellness: Body, Mind and Spirit’.

It was sponsored by the Ministry of Health, Butterfield Bank, Cayman First Insurance Company, Quick Images, LIME Cayman Brac and Radio Cayman.

It formed part of a Health and Wellness Signature project organised by the club for the 2012-2013 Lionistic Year. With the rising number of persons being diagnosed with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, cancer and hypertension, Club President Lion Kevin Roberts, along with the members of the Health Committee led the membership in a drive to increase awareness of the importance of regular physical activity, proper nutrition and mental and emotional wellness.

Also in attendance and providing remarks on behalf of the government was Deputy Premier, Hon Moses Kirkconnell, who is also the Minister for Tourism, District Administration and Transport.

Several individuals and organisations were present to share important information, conducting essential medical screenings and getting people actively involved.

Among the presenters were Dr Srirangan Velusamy, Surgeon and Director of the Faith Hospital, who discussed men’s health, with a particular focus on prostate health.

Dr Venkamma Bonigi, Gynecologist, also of the Faith Hospital, who made a presentation on menopause. Community Nutritionist for the Health Services Authority discussed the importance of healthy eating, while Denise Benjamin of the Department of Children and Family Services emphasised stress management.

Ralph Lewis of Lewis Consulting Services gave a very informative presentation on financial wellness and encouraged everyone to assess their financial status and provided steps to becoming financially well.

The highlight of the day, however, was the energetic Zumba and Pilates sessions led by Zumba Fitness Instructors Nicola Agemian and Lindsey Swift. Participants received free Zumba instructions throughout the day and moved their hips and other body parts to the exciting and lively mix of music.

The Cayman Islands Diabetes Association, Sister Islands chapter, provided screenings and consultations; Mrs Zenitha Varghese had a display on Alternative Medicine; Dr Elaine Campbell provided vision screening and Rashida Beckford promoted weight management. Faith Hospital’s EMS unit provided demonstrations and information on first aid and emergency management; the Cancer Society provided information on various cancers and the Alexander Hotel participated with generous discount on accommodations for some of the presenters.

The free massages from the Beach Spa became a big hit at the fair. Lions involved in scheduling had to stop taking registrations from as early as 12:30 p.m., just over an hour after the start of the fair. The club extends gratitude to Elaine Burchell of the Beach Spa for her services at the Fair.

Another popular feature at the fair was the juice bar, organised by the Leos and Lions. Participants were able to purchase natural fruit smoothies and vegetable juices, along with healthy snack wraps.

All participants had an opportunity to win prizes through the issuing of a ticket on entry to the fair. At the closing session, lucky participants walked away with prizes such as gift certificates for spa treatment, Lime i-Tunes cards and Android cards.

Lions Club President Kevin Roberts is encouraging everyone in the community to think seriously about health and wellness and take steps to ensure their health.

He thanked members of the Health Committee and all other club members who worked hard in making the event possible, including special thanks to Remardo Ebanks for his support with the audio and video for the fair.

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