Health and wellness fair expects 1,000 visitors

POSTED: 03/22/11 12:24 PM

Third edition of Lions-event opens Saturday at Festival Village

St. Maarten – The Festival Village will be the stage for the third annual health and wellness fair organized by the St. Maarten Lions Club this Saturday. Last year the event attracted close to one thousand visitors and with 25 participants this time around, Lion Wally Havertong expects a similar or even a larger turnout.

Havertong said at a press conference yesterday afternoon that especially elderly citizens tend to come to the Festival Village early. “Some of them arrive at eight o’clock even though we do not open before ten,” he said. In the Festival Village there will be tents where seniors can be seated while they await their turn for the tests that are of offer, so that they will not have to stand endlessly in the sun.

Among the participants are the Diabetes Foundation, the White and Yellow Cross, the Fountain of Health, the Natural Health Club Foundation, the government’s collective prevention services, the Positive Foundation, the Mental Health Foundation and the HIV/Aids program management team.

There will also be an extra dentist available, a nutritionist, two dieticians, a physical therapist, zumba trainer Rayetta Harrel-Elsinga, as well as the insurance companies Ennia and Nagico.

The health and wellness fair aims to give people information about healthy living, but it also offers free testing. The Diabetes Foundation for instance offers cholesterol tests, and glucose and blood pressure tests. The aids foundation also offers free tests, counseling, information and free condoms.

The Mental health Foundation offers three tests: a stress test, an anger management test and a healthy relationship-test. The foundation will also conduct a survey among visitors about their perception of citizens with mental health problems.

The dentist at the fair will focus on teenagers and adults. The government-dentist at the collective prevention services booth will only give out information; her work at the schools with school children will be kept separate from the fair, also to prevent overlap.

Like last year, there will also be a possibility for eye-screening, the Love of the Kids Foundation will give information about dyslexia.

Last year350 visitors took a test at the diabetes foundation, 300 people took an eye-screening and 280 visitors went for an HIV-test.

The fair opens at ten o’clock in the morning at the Festival Village on Saturday. Admission is free. The event closes at six o’clock.

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