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Lions Health Fair set for Saturday.

lionshealth22032017PHILIPSBURG:---- All is set for the St. Maarten Lions Club 9th annual “Lion Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair 2K17” which is scheduled for this coming Saturday, March 25th from 9 am to 4 pm at the Festival Village.

Twenty-five (25) stakeholders involved in health care, health care prevention and wellness on the St. Maarten have signed up with the St. Maarten Lions Club to provide the general public with several health tests, examinations, presentations, lectures and general health care and wellness information.

Diabetes Foundation has been with the Lions Health and Wellness Fair from the very beginning and will again be carrying out free Blood Pressure, Glucose, Cholesterol tests, and all other test related to diabetes. Once again this year the foundation is flying in the Podiatrist from Curacao who will be carrying out treatment of the diabetic feet. Last year at the fair the Podiatrist treated numerous bad diabetic feet and the foundation is inviting all diabetics to make use of this very important treatment free of charge. The Diabetes Foundation is also urging persons to come early as the Podiatrist will only be present from 9 am to 2pm. Persons do not need to fast before their examinations, so they may have their regular breakfast.

Aids Foundation is also a major contributor to the fair ever since the beginning and will once again be carrying out the usual HIV/AIDS tests. WIEMS which stands for Windward Island Emergency Services will give information on their courses such as “Introduction of CPR”, “Demonstration on the use of an Automated External Defibrillator (AED)” and they will also display of their teaching equipment.

Positive Foundation has information for the general public on Breast Cancer Prevention.
Alpha Health Care has been with the Lions Health Fair for many years and once again they will be displaying many items such as diabetic shoes, compression stockings, mobility items, walkers, relaters, scooters, bathroom needs, blood pressure machines, diabetic meters and much more. Explanations will also be given on the many items which are covered by SZV and other private insurance companies.

Sickle Cell Foundation will be promoting awareness about Sickle Cell disease and encouraging the public to know their status. Brochures will be shared, advice will be given, and the SLS Lab will be conducting screening for those persons who are interested in the particular disease. The foundation will also be accepting membership applications on that day. Kidney Foundation is having a certified dialysis nurse who will be present to share information about dialysis, kidney failure, chronic kidney diseases, and prevention. Important information will be distributed in the form flyers.

St. Maarten Alzheimer Foundation will be providing information on Alzheimer’s and other forms of Dementia as well as information to maintain a healthy brain. The public will have the opportunity to talk to an experienced professional nurse present at the fair as well as about “How to care for persons with Dementia”. The public will also have the opportunity to talk to family caregivers with experience. There will also be free memory testing which only takes 5 minutes.

A newcomer to the Health & Wellness Fair is the St. Maarten Consumers Coalition which will provide information about their services, about the rights of the consumers to promote their health and well-being. They will also give information on the quality of the products, services, and prices. Bio-Magnetism is another new addition to the fair and anyone with a health issue will get the opportunity to scan one (1) tissue for 10 minutes. Demonstrations will also be given to test to see if a product is good or not for the person.

Enable Holistic Occupational Therapy has also been a long-serving contributor to the Health Fair for many years. Holistic Occupational Therapist Mrs. D’Antoinette Roger-Sorton will be providing information on occupational therapy and providing experiences on what it’s like to live with different disabilities. She will and also be providing a look at specialty equipment.

There will also be three presentations which the general public should not miss.
Cardiologist Dr. Emiko Bird-Lake will speak at 10 am on “High Blood Pressure and Stroke”. This is a very important presentation especially for persons suffering from high blood pressure. High blood pressure resulting in strokes is very prevalent on St. Maarten lately and those persons wanting to hear this presentation are requested to be at the Festival Village before 10 am. SZV will be making two presentations starting at 12 pm through to 3 pm. Their first presentation will deal with ”Rights & Obligations of ZV insured (with a highlight on the Medical Coverage)”
The second presentation will deal with “Requirements & Procedure: Medical Reimbursement Claims”.

Vital Health Clinic’s Dietitian Ms. Jeshneila Carti will be giving valuable information on dieting.
St. Maarten Foundation for Psychologists and Orthopedagogen will offer parent’s training to help restore parental authority. They look forward to hearing from the community at the fair and share information with them as well. Nature’s Discount will bring to the public general information on men, women and children’s health. The public will also be able to taste items from their organic juicing and health-conscious kitchen, and they will have items to give away.

Physiotherapist Angeli Balani will be sharing information on physical therapy for all sorts of illnesses. Henderson Insurances will again be part of the fair this year and they will be explaining to the public about preparing for retirement and choosing a good pension plan while Martijn Trading will be displaying various health care products. I & I Fitness Gym will have their clients, young and old (especially the Senior Citizens) demonstrate their ability with various exercises. Mrs. Sarah Wescot-Williams will also be present with her Zumba Group giving performances and inviting all Zumba dancers to join her at 10 am to be part of the demonstrations that the group will be giving while some additional potential stakeholders are busy finalizing their participation at the Lion Rudy Hoeve Health & Wellness Fair in the coming days.

This year the St. Maarten Lions Club will be keeping a count of the number of persons attending the fair and upon entering the Village everyone will receive a floor plan with information on where each stakeholder is located and which booth number.

All stakeholders have been asked to compile a report of the day’s proceedings where it pertains to the number of persons who visited their booth and they will also report extraordinary alarming health situations mentioning only numbers and no details on individuals. The St. Maarten Lions Club will then send a general report of the entire Health & Wellness Fair to the Ministry of Public Health, Social Development and Labor for its review.

The St. Maarten Lions Club are extremely happy to once more offer this very valuable Health & Wellness Fair to the general public of St. Maarten whereby all tests, examinations, presentations will be free of charge.

For additional information about the St. Maarten Lions Club about their fundraising and community projects, you can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their Facebook page.

CIBC FirstCaribbean pushes MPC closer to taking part in Olympic Moves Competition .

cibcdonation22032017PHILIPSBURG:---Teachers and students of the Milton Peters College (MPC) will be traveling to the Netherlands in June to take part in the Olympic Moves Competition, one of the largest sports competitions held there.
The school’s participation was made possible due to a number of donations such as the one received recently by Teachers Laticia Brown and Aukje van Kuiken from CIBC FirstCaribbean International Bank.
Bas de haan, former teacher at MPC, who passed away last year introduced the competition in St. Eustatius and was eager to do the same in St. Maarten, it is in his honor that Brown and van Kuiken are enthusiastic about traveling with eight of their students to take part in Olympic Moves.
It will be the first time the island will be represented in the high school sports competition which is the largest in the Netherlands.
The bank also made a donation to the Sundial School recently in support of their graduation ceremony to be held in July.

Carnival’s Coca Cola cans in the huge collection of Guinness record holder.

cocacola22032017PHILIPSBURG:--- St. Maarten’s Carnival Coca-Cola can have made into the collection of Davide Andreani, the Guinness world record holder for largest Coca-Cola collector cans. St. Maarten’s Coca-Cola cans are the initiative of local beverage distributor CC1. 2017 marks the second year the cans have been produced for St. Maarten Carnival and the second time CC1 has sent a collector can to Andreani.

Italy's Davide Andreani received his first Coca-Cola can back in 1982 when he was just 5 years old, an event which was to kick off a lifetime's obsession with the soft drink. Soon after, Davide began collecting the distinctive tins, with his father bringing him home unusual designs when returning from his European business trips.

At the last count, confirmed on 14 August 2013, Coke lover Davide was in possession of a record 10,558 unique single-brand cans from 87 countries, setting a new Guinness World Records title for Largest collection of soft drink cans - same brand.

Now 37, all cans in Davide's collection have been emptied through a small hole in the bottom. If they were left on display unemptied, they could oxidize or even explode. Using his website to display rarities in his collection and to assist with trading rare Coca-Cola can collectors’ items, David searches the globe for tins which only appeared in shops for a limited time or sometimes never even released to the public.

This is how he found St. Maarten’s Coca-Cola cans for Carnival and requested them from CC1.

Minister Lee Encourages Public to Attend Health Fair.

PHILIPSBURG:--- Minister Lee encourages everyone to take the time and visit the 9th Annual Lion’s Health & Wellness Fair happening this Saturday, March 25, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at St. Maarten Festival Village. A variety of stakeholders will be available to the public, providing testing, lectures and important information about their health and wellness, all at no cost.
Guest Speaker Dr. Emiko Bird-Lake, who is a cardiologist by profession, will be speaking about hypertension, stroke, and lifestyle improvements. Collective Prevention Services (CPS) is also participating with the inclusion of the Dental Health bus and Minister Lee encourages the public to attend this Health & Wellness Fair. This is a great opportunity for those in attendance to receive information and best practices on achieving a healthy lifestyle. Businesses who cater to healthy eating lifestyles, various activities for children and Zumba will be available during the fair.
Stakeholders include:

• the AIDS Foundation
• Sickle Cell Foundation
• Alpha Health Care
• Enable Holistic Occupational Therapy
• Parkinson Foundation
• Diabetes Foundation
• SZV, among many others

VSA Celebrates World Oral Health Day.

worldhealth22032017PHILIPSBURG:--- Taking care of your oral health has a positive impact on your general health and well-being, helping you live a better quality of life into old age. Oral health is much more than a nice smile. Oral disease can affect every aspect of your life – including your ability to perform basic functions. An unhealthy mouth, for example, if you have gum disease, can increase your risk of diabetes, heart disease, pancreatic cancers and pneumonia. Therefore, it is important for everyone to practice good oral hygiene”, stated Minister Emil Lee in commemoration of World Oral Health Day.
During a press briefing on Wednesday, Minister Lee that encouraged the community to get involved. The Department of Collective Prevention Services (CPS) has planned a month filled with activities. From a coloring competition to mobile visits with the Dental Bus to various organizations such as:

• Sister Basilia Center
• Mental Health Foundation
• Ujima Foundation
• ASA Foundation

On Monday, Minister Lee attended a session at the Sister Basilia Center where he gave opening remarks encouraged the residents to be pro-active about oral hygiene.
“I would like to thank the staff and our Dental Care Coordinator Mrs. Irma Gumbs-Knight for their hard work in making this initiative possible”, said Minister Lee.

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