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Nurse Jean Tyson administers a blood pressure check to a staff member of the St. Christopher and Nevis Social Security Board branch in Nevis at Pinneys on May 17, 2016

Nevis’ Health Promotion Unit performs health screenings at local businesses

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (May 17, 2016) – The Nevis Health Promotion Unit (HPU) in the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the Community Health Nursing Services, is commemorating World Hypertension Day (WHD) on May 17, with visits to local businesses on the island and offering their employees free blood pressure, blood glucose and body mass index checks.
The observation of WHD is being celebrated this year under the theme “Know your numbers” to increase high blood pressure awareness. As such, the HPU visited the St. Christopher and Nevis Social Security Board office in Nevis where members of the HPU met with employees.
 The activity, included an educational session facilitated by Dietician at the Alexandra Hospital in Nevis Vernice Blackett, who also performed body mass index checks while Nurses Elvina Mulcaire and Jean Tyson conducted blood pressure, and blood glucose checks. Consultation was also conducted by Health Education Officer at the HPU Nurse Eldina Farrell. The participants pledged to continue eating healthy.
Senior Officer at the Health Promotion Unit Nadine Carty-Caines, was also present at the event and explained that the activity is being hosted in an effort to facilitate the local business employers and employees who are unable to participate in the regular screenings offered at the Charlestown Square.
“The health of our people determines the wealth of our nations therefore we have to ensure that people are healthy and advise them, we need to educate them and we need to motivate them to take stock of their own health,” she said.

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Nevis Health Promotion Unit announces free Health Screening

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (April 04, 2016) — The following is a notice from the Nevis Health Promotion Unit regarding a free Health Screening session in Charlestown.
World Health Day will be observed on Thursday April 07, 2016. The theme for this year is “Beat Diabetes”.
The Health Promotion Unit in collaboration with Community Health, is inviting the public to take advantage of a free Health Screening session on Thursday April 7th from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Memorial Square in Charlestown.
The screening will include blood glucose and blood pressure checks as well as Body Mass Index (BMI) calculations.
Persons interested in having a blood glucose check, are ask to fast from or before 12 a.m. that day (eat nothing after 12 a.m. to show a true picture of your blood glucose).

Nadine Carty-Caines, Programme Coordinator - HIV Unit in the Nevis Health Promotion Unit

Nevis Health Promotion Unit to observe World Diabetes Day with Health Fair

NIA CHARLESTOWN NEVIS (NOVEMBER 09, 2015) — The Nevis Health Promotion Unit in the Ministry of Health will commemorate World Diabetes Day (WDD) on November 14, 2015 with a health fair with the theme “Healthy eating is the key factor in the fight against diabetes.” It will be held on November 13, at the Nevis Island Administration’s parking lot in Charlestown from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

According to a senior officer at the Health Promotion Unit Nadine Carty-Caines, a range of services will be available to the public at the fair including screening for blood sugar, blood pressure and body mass index (BMI). There will also be nutrition and food preparation demonstrations and the Environmental Health, Dental Health, Pharmacy and Nursing Services will provide educational information.

Masefield Nisbett, Supervisor of the Sports Health and Wellness (SHAW) Unit in the Department of Youth and Sports, will be offering a keep fit session after the fair at 4 p.m. Persons interested in participating are asked to bring appropriate clothing.

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