Lions Health Fair hailed a success

POSTED: 03/25/13 12:44 PM

St. Maarten – It came as no surprise when the majority of people who attended the 5th Annual Lions Rudy Hoeve Health and Wellness Fair flocked the booths that were offering free testing services. Those who did not have the time nor the resources to visit general practitioners or specialists, took advantage of the opportunity to access breast cancer, blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol and HIV testing.
Among the agencies offering these services were the St. Maarten Diabetes Foundation, the St. Maarten Aids Foundations and Collective Preventative Services of the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labour.
The fair has become a much sought after and anticipated event in Philipsburg where people are able to access free medical services, health products and a wealth of information from insurance agencies, seniors organizations and mental institutes.
Saturday’s hosting at the St. Maarten Festival Village was hailed a success.
From as early as 9:00 am, families began visiting the event which featured activities for each member of the family. Previous events have measured the impact of fair as touching hundreds.

Within the coming week the fair’s participants are expected to release data on the number of people that were either counseled or received services. Several booth holders also committed to following up with patrons after the event.
As it has done in previous years, the TelEm Group of Companies did not disappoint in showing support for the health fair. Under the Saturday morning sun they invited visitors to join them in a fitness workout that made the popular Zumba look like child’s play.
TelEm’s outside plant manager Marco London led his colleagues and other attendees in a Taebo workout session. The company sought to encourage people to remain fit and healthy. The workout session attracted a diverse group of people while many seniors opted to sit under a tent and participate in lively discourses.
The St. Maarten Senior Citizens and Pensioners Association led a dynamic discussion with seniors on discrimination in healthcare and pensions within the Kingdom and the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of the elderly.
Other stakeholders at the event included the St. Maarten Medical Centre, the Alzheimer’s Foundation, Nagico Insurances, Prime Distributors, the Windward Islands Emergency Medical Systems, the Mental Health Foundation, the White and Yellow Cross Foundation, the Art of Living Foundation, Divico Distributors, Windward Islands Optical, Lab Sports Academy, Manrique Capriles and the Nature and Health Club.
Alpha Healthcare made an impression with a wide away of affordable life saving devices and equipment. Many people remarked that they would visit the store that is located opposite the hospital since it offers quality products and high end technologies.
On Saturday, the store dedicated apart of its space to the promotion of Eagle Eye personal trackers which are used by the elderly, parents who want to keep in touch with their children and dementia patients. Several simulated exercises were conducted to demonstrate how the trackers act as a personal cellular phone, panic button and GPS tracker in one.
“We have our own med alert here now,” a senior was overheard saying.
Annually, the Lions petitions businesses on the island that promote health and wellness to participate in the event. Participation this year was said to exceed previous years.

This year, the St. Maarten Lions Club added the name Rudy Hoeve to the title of the fair in tribute to the late Lion Rudy Hoeve who was also chairman of the TelEm Group Supervisory Board.

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