With the ever increasing fast pace and demands of modern life, it is worrying that diet and exercise are the first to be sacrificed by our young generation. A generation that is now more sedentary with a growing technological environment, both in their professional and social lives. With these concerns in mind, the Mustique Charitable Trust collaborated with SVG Retired Nurses Association (SVGRNA), who saw the need to educate our young people in relation to their health and well-being.

Their project took the form of health fairs at St Vincent & the Grenadines Community College with clinical screenings, display booths, health and fitness forums, demo preparation and sampling of healthy meals and drinks.

Screening for Diabetes, Hypertension and Body Mass Index were available along with guidance provided by SVGRNA members based on individual results. Display charts were on hand to highlight the effects of these health conditions.

The Health Promotion Unit, Health Solutions, SVG Diabetic Association, Be-Fit and Lana’s Kitchen were also present and contributed to comprehensive displays at the fairs. Students and staff welcomed the initiative on their campus and commended that the fairs and testing were very convenient and informative.

Testing continued in the months after the fairs for data collection and assessment with clinical screenings conducted on 851 persons. The findings indicated a significantly high occurrence of high blood pressure and high blood sugar among the tested college students.

All findings were compiled and documented in the “Be Healthy, Know Your Numbers – Insights Report” which is currently being reviewed for publication.

The health fairs, screening and report publishing were funded by the Mustique Charitable Trust at a total cost of US$6,700

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