A healthy body has always been linked with proper nutrition and good lifestyle. Nutrition is obtained by the foods we eat. It is therefore important for us to establish linkages between food and health.
On Sunday June 28th, the Eastern Caribbean Trading Agriculture and Development Organisation (E.C.T.A.D.) and the Caribbean Farmers Network (CaFAN), participated in a 'Health Fair' organized by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines (S.V.G.) Region of Seventh Day Adventist in collaboration with the United Hands Incorporated, the Medical Relief Association, and the Ministry of Health and the Environment (S.V.G.).
Thousands of Vincentians gathered at the S.V.G. Community College (A' Level Division) from as early as 6:00am. The attendees were offered free medication consultations, dental services, eye checks, blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol checks, hearing tests and counselling by West Indian health professionals living abroad that had made a decision to give back to their Caribbean region.
ECTAD is pleased to have been invited to attend this very important health fair and to showcase the important linkages between agriculture and health. Displayed were publications of local foods being used to prevent non-communicable diseases that are affecting the health of many Vincentians. Also displayed were root-crops, herbs, vegetables, etc.