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Chatham SDA hosts health fair in Goodwill

Published:Saturday | June 30, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Errington Edwards (right), president of the St James Lifestyle Educators health workers group and an elder at the Chatham Seventh-day Adventist Church in St James, coordinates the examination of a resident's health status. - Photo by Christopher Thomas
Janet Myrie (left), community peer educator for the St James Health Department, looks on as Peace Corps volunteer Alexandra Nickles signs up a resident of Goodwill, St James, for HIV testing and counselling. - Photo by Christopher Thomas

Christopher Thomas, Gleaner Writer


The Goodwill district in St James was the location of a community health fair last weekend, which was organised by the Chatham Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) Church.

Working alongside members of the St James Health Department and the St James Lifestyle Educators group, volunteers from the Chatham SDA congregation spent Sunday providing a variety of essential health services to residents of Goodwill and Chatham.

Novelette Hall-Anderson, a registered nurse and midwife attached to the St James Health Department and a member of the Chatham church, explained that the health fair was designed as a community-outreach project.

"I had put it on my plan for church outreach, that we'd reach out to the community in terms of a health fair because I'm in charge of the health department at church," said Hall-Anderson.

"It's about the time that we're having different health fairs in different areas, so I decided to have a health fair."


The health fair was divided into two segments with the community centre hosting weight examinations and presenting information on HIV awareness and testing, and the health centre doing mammograms, glucose and prostate tests, and providing manicures and pedicures for the elderly.

Literature on practical and natural health tips was made available to interested buyers. Counselling sessions on how to improve one's health were also accessible throughout the day.

President of the St James Lifestyle Educators and elder at the Chatham SDA, Errington Edwards, told Western Focus that the aim of the health fair was to promote healthy lifestyles.

"We believe in holistic health - physically, spiritually, and other-wise. We believe that a lot of diseases that we have today could be avoided if we were more concerned with what we eat, how we live, how much exercise we take, and how much water we drink. All of these are very important to good health," he explained.

"As a result, we emphasise the acronym NEW START: N for nutrition, E for exercise, W for water, S for sunshine, T for temperance, A for air, R for rest, and T for trust in divine power. These eight laws, if observed, will give most persons good health."