The Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists is holding a four-day health symposium featuring healthy cooking demonstrations, health lectures, exercise activities and health assessments.
Running Saturday to Tuesday, the theme of the symposium is ‘Healthy by Choice, Not by Chance’. It will feature guest lecturers Dr. Theodore Watkins, a family practitioner, and Johnetta Frazier, a nutritionist.
In a press release, Dr. Watkins said health has traditionally been a strong part of Cayman culture, but as with other countries, the modern lifestyle has taken its toll.
‘As I understand, in years gone by, Caymanians of old physically exerted themselves at work,’ he said. ‘Fresh, home-grown farm food was the norm of the day, as imported foods were not available, or were limited.
‘Just as importantly, the close-knit families supported each other, and enjoyed life in a much more relaxed environment than today,’ Dr. Watkins continued.
‘Caymanians also were a very spiritual people and attended church regularly. The combined result of this lifestyle was that they suffered fewer chronic diseases, and were healthier.’
Longevity was common in most families, he added.
The symposium will be launched with a special service at the George Town Seventh-day Adventist Church at 4pm Saturday, 27 October. Minister of Health and Human Services Anthony Eden will lend his support to the symposium and be in attendance, along with health practitioners from the community.
The four-day symposium also features a free mini boot camp conducted by Ernest Ebanks of Body Sculptor; puppet shows for children; and health screenings and cooking demonstrations at the University College of the Cayman Islands. Books on various health topics will be for sale.
For more information, call the Cayman Islands Conference of Seventh-day Adventists on 949-2647, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. After 5pm, call 516-5925.