Atlantic Caribbean Union

8 Weeks to Wellness Program Goes to Abaco

8 Weeks to Wellness Program Goes to Abaco Patrick Tyrill, district pastor, Abaco
During the week of October 2
to 6, the Health Ministries Department of the North Bahamas Conference hosted the initial phase of the “8 Weeks to Wellness Program” on the Island of Abaco. The theme for the event was “Rebuilding the Temple.” Approximately 170 persons participated and 132 individuals registered to complete the entire eight weeks. Participants came from all across the island of Abaco and included pastors from various denominations and owners and managers of different companies.
The team which comprised of two nutritionists, Dr. Idamae Hanna and Dr. Alvira Higgs, and renowned urologist Dr. Joseph Evans, was very influential and captivating in their presentations as persons listened to the guidelines and received information that could help them lead healthier lives. In addition several medical practioners from the local clinic helped out with the screening and registration process.
The health team was able to visit the Central Abaco Primary School where they showed the children how to choose healthier foods. They also appeared on the Bahamas Christian Network (BCN) and were able to share the benefits of the health program. The presenters focused on how persons can manage their cholesterol and weight, and control high blood pressure by adjusting their diet and keeping active.
Several health education classes were held along with various seminars which promoted healthy lifestyles. Participants received handouts, magazines and books, while those who registered were screened and received pedometers. Drs. Hanna and Higgs evaluated the findings and were able to instruct about managing diabetes.
A special seminar was conducted by Dr. Evans on cancer awareness. He shared many tips on how to prevent cancer and how to bring it in remission. He quoted from his experiences and showed how people, by making simple changes, could fight cancer. On Saturday night a cooking class was conducted for the purpose of introducing simple foods that were nutritious yet healthy. Recipes were shared and the audience was fully engaged as they took notes and observed how to prepare the different meals. At the end of the cooking class persons were able to taste the different dishes and everyone concluded that they were all delicious. They also expressed joy in knowing that one could focus on health without sacrificing taste. All the participants received copies of the menus and most have already began preparing these dishes for their families.
During the event, eight booths were set up, with each, focusing on one of the eight laws of health. The people were divided in groups and were able to move to each booth where they received lectures on the importance of each law. Additional reading material was also given including a copy of the book, “Finding Peace Within.” Local government officials were present and also the BCN, the local television station, radio Abaco, and the Abaconian newspaper. The health committee for Abaco has already met and will be making preparations to host another health event in the near future.