Health fair will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion on var­i­ous top­ics

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS - BY ERIN POTTIE epot­tie@cb­post.com

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.

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