Health fair will provide information on various topics
SYDNEY — The Health Association of African Canadians will host a fair Saturday to give residents a better handle on their health.
The public health fair is open to anyone interested in finding out more about their personal well being and includes participation from officials in the fields of mental health, addictions, chronic illness, terminal illness, dementia, sexual health and heart health.
“There will be some people there doing blood pressures and blood types,” said Phyllis Marsh-Jarvis, a community liaison with HAAC’s office in Sydney.
She added the purpose of the health fair is to get information to people who “may have questions about certain issues of health that are probably not sure where they should go or how they can get the information.”
Held in conjunction with African Heritage Month, the fair is scheduled to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Menelik Hall, 88 Laurier St., in Sydney’s Whitney Pier neighbourhood. It will include consultations with representatives from Pharmasave to discuss prescription drugs and side effects and a demonstration from Zumba fitness instructors from 11:30 a.m. to noon.
Members of the Black Educators Association and the African Orthodox Church will be attending the event, which continues in the evening from 6-8 with a health recognition night and social.
Eight individuals from Whitney Pier will be honoured with a special commemorative plaque for overcoming serious health issues, while continuing to care for their families. The evening also features a presen- tation from guest speaker David Haase, a Halifax-area doctor who specializes in infectious diseases.
Marsh-Jarvis said the event is organized by Health Association of African Canadians, in partnership with the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs, Black Educators Association and the African Nova Scotia Service Providers.
Founded in 2000, the association is a non-profit health group based in Halifax with a goal to bring health education into African Nova Scotian communities.
“A lot of the illnesses that we have like diabetes, high-blood pressure, cancer, a lot of it the percentage in African Nova Scotians is very high and we need to make sure that we’re able to educate our African Nova Scotian communities,” JarvisMarsh said.