Healthy living

On the move during Zumba.

Before the sun rose, they did, with one mission in mind – to get healthy.

That was the thrust at the St. Philip-the-Less Anglican Church on Saturday when members held their Harvest Mart and Health Fair on the grounds of the Edna Nicholls Centre.

The day started at 5:30 a.m. with a walk through the adjoining neighbourhoods and out to the breath-taking view of Cherry Hill before heading back to the church.

Then it was food time.

No sweet drinks, alcoholic beverages, hamburgers and hot dogs. Only natural local juices, coconut water, “smoothies”, sandwiches, wraps and lean, baked or grilled chicken or fish – but the star of the day was breadfruit prepared in several ways.

Spread around the grounds were representatives from the Diabetes Association, the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Alzheimer’s Association, the National Council on Substance Abuse, Barbados Association of Retired Persons, dieticians and nurses sharing tips and giving advice on how to reduce and maintain cholesterol, blood pressure, weight and generally how to live healthier.

Persons even got to relax and enjoy a pedicure and manicure.

But the highlight of the day came with Zumba instructor from Surfside Gym, Maureen Boyce, who had young and old on their feet and moving to pulsating calypso and infectious Latin music to really capture the theme of the event On the move. (DB)

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