Free screenings for Health Day

The Health Services Authority is organising free health screenings throughout the Cayman Islands next week.

The screenings, which will check blood pressure and blood sugar, will be held at all the district health centres, George Town General Practice in Grand Cayman, Faith Hospital in Cayman Brac and the Little Cayman Clinic from Tuesday, 10 April, until Saturday, 14 April, from 9am to 1pm. No appointment is necessary during this week.

People who attend the free testing should inform the registration clerks at the health centres that they want to register for free blood glucose and blood pressure screening. The results are available right away and counselling and referral will be offered as necessary.

The screenings are being held in observation of World Health Day, which falls this year on Saturday, 7 April.

Free workshops

Also to mark World Health Day and World Physical Activity Day, the Health Services Authority and the Ministry of Health will host free nutrition, exercise, fitness and stress management educational sessions and workshops as part of the Be Fit Cayman! campaign during the next six weeks.

The Be Fit Cayman! campaign aims to create awareness of the link between living a healthy lifestyle and preventing illness, especially non-communicable diseases such as diabetes and heart disease.

The free sessions are open to the public and will be held on the following days from 5.30pm to 7pm at the Cayman Islands Hospital’s Hibiscus Conference Room, located inside the Pink Ladies Cafeteria: Nuitrition on 11 and 18 April; Exercise and fitness on 24 April and 2 May; and stress management on 9 and 16 May.

Therese Prehay, health promotion officer at the Public Health Department, explained that the workshops will offer practical advice and information. Everyone who attends will also receive a free pedometer. “We’re encouraging everyone to attends to join our Fit Friends walking group,” she said.

For more information on the free screenings, the Be Fit Cayman! programme or to register, call the Public Health Department at 244-2632.

World Health Day is celebrated on 7 April annually to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation in 1948. Each year, World Health Day focuses on a single health challenge with global impact. This year’s topic Ageing and Health: Good Health Adds Life to Years and focuses on how good health throughout life can help older people lead full and productive lives.

The World Health Organisation is calling on everyone to use World Health Day 2012 to promote health across the course of life for a happy and productive older age and provide access to basic primary health care, long term care and palliative care.

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