SDA hosts Health Fair

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 16, No. 19            May 11, 2006

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Honorable Manuel Heredia learns the value of stress relief as Massage Therapist John McGuire gives him a back massage during the SDA Health Fair on Tuesday.

Many San Pedro residents took advantage of the SDA Health Fair on Monday. Blood pressure checks were among the many being offered during the fair conducted by students from Kettering College of Medical Arts in Dayton, Ohio, USA.

Health, it’s everybody’s business,” was the theme for a health fair held at the New Horizon Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) School on Monday. Twenty eight students and staff members from Kettering College of Medical Arts spent ten days in Belize providing services throughout Belize. This is the third year that Kettering College, based out of Dayton Ohio, has sent students to Belize to offer Health Fair and Clinics. This is the first time they came to the Cayes.

   During this trip, the students visited San Ignacio, Caye Caulker and San Pedro. The health fair in San Pedro included general health and vision exams. It also promoted good health through education about dental care, stress relief, diabetes, cervical cancer; the dangers of smoking, HIV-AIDs and CPR, just to name a few. “All the topics during the fair were chosen by Belizeans who helped set up the fair,” said Dr. Paula Reams from Kettering College. Reams said they work closely with La Loma Luz Hospital in San Ignacio, which is also an SDA Charter Institution.

   During the opening ceremonies for the health fair, invited dignitaries and physicians spoke about the importance of good health. Dr. Daniel Gonzalez focused on women’s issues, specifically pregnancy. He said he is concerned about unplanned pregnancies by very young women and also high-risk pregnancies by older women.

   Pastor Paul Cassanova, Executive Secretary for the Belize SDA stressed the importance for regular physical check-ups. “We sometimes take better care of our automobiles than our bodies,” he stressed.

   Area Representative Hon. Manuel Heredia also stressed good health. The theme of his speech was the importance of a good diet, not eating too much and avoiding excesses.

   After the opening ceremonies, many people were waiting for the Health Fair to begin. Eager participants anxiously waited to get their eyes tested and their blood pressure checked, along with a good dose of healthcare advice
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