Nutrition, fitness, diet, and ways to better manage health were at the forefront of the Health and Wellness Fair held at The University of The West Indies Cave Hill Campus this afternoon.
The event, which started over ten years ago, sought to educate members of staff as well as the public about health and wellness strategies.
Nicole Sue, Health Safety and Environmental Officer at The University of The West Indies (UWI) who helped to organize the Fair said that as a part of UWI’s 70th-anniversary celebrations they decided to make some changes.
“Initially when it started, it mainly focused on staff [encouraging them] to adopt healthy lifestyles and healthy activities. But this year, because it is the 70th anniversary of the university, we wanted to make it bigger and better. We wanted to have close to 70 exhibitors and this is the biggest exhibition we have had. Also, this year we opened it to the public,” she said, adding that she has seen more staff become involved in health and wellness activity.
“We have more staff exercising during the day, more staff using the gym and there are a lot of staff activities like going to the gym and fitness competitions.”
The fellow chair of the Wellness Wednesday Fair Kiana Hall said they decided to open the fair to the general public, as the University is keen on community involvement.
“The University is community based and we are trying to incorporate the community within our settings. Yes, we are going to be opening it up to our staff, but we want to involve the community as well, so you know that this is what Barbados has to offer when it comes to health and wellness… We get so down sometimes when we think of the expense when it comes to health and wellness, but really and truly there are so many persons within Barbados that offer classes and give you advice,” she said. (LG)