Nestlé Anglo-Dutch Caribbean has, for the first time opened its digital doors to its consumers for a free Virtual Health Fair dubbed the Nestlé Live Well Virtual Health Fair. As an organization that focuses on Nutrition, Health and Wellness, the event is one of a series of digital executions that emphasizes how important it is to lead a healthy lifestyle in the current social climate where individuals with comorbidities have been more at risk of death after contracting the COVID-19 virus. This health fair works marries the concept of health education and consumer engagement to ensure a healthier next generation.
The “Live Well” Virtual Health Fair offered an informative and interactive event, led by healthcare professionals across several fields whose insights were relevant to the Caribbean diaspora. The Virtual Health Fair’s platform hosted live webinars which included:
- Being Kind To Your Mind by Dr. Sandra Reid who is the Deputy Dean for clinical programmes, and Senior Lecturer in Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine with over 30 years of practice in the private and public health sector.
- Plant-based Nutrition by Ms. Amber Charles MSPH, RDN who is a Public Health Nutritionist and Registered Dietitian. After completing her master’s in public health degree and Dietitian training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Mrs. Charles returned to Trinidad and Tobago with a mission to diversify nutrition education among the Caribbean diasporas.
- Mindful Meditation Yoga by Mrs. Sonita Abrahams who attended the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Massachusetts and received her Certification in asana and pranayama yoga, meditation, theoretical and applied yogic philosophy, anatomy and physiology, communication, teaching methodology and professional ethics and practices.
- The Parent’s Role in Creating a Healthy Lifestyle for their Child by Dr. Julia Pike who is a registered medical practitioner with over 12 years of clinical experience in Pediatric Medicine. She completed her undergraduate studies and pursued postgraduate training at the University of the West Indies, Mona, while working at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston, Jamaica.
- A Panel Discussion on Taboo vs. Necessary conversation on sexual and reproductive health; a Caribbean perspective. This discussion included Dr. Sara Lawrence, Gynaecologist and Obstetrician and owner of Charis Women’s Wellness Centre. She also had the honor of representing her country as Miss Jamaica World in 2006 and went on to be a Miss World Public Vote Winner for that year; as well as Consultant Urologist, Dr. William Aiken who is the first graduate of The UWI’s Doctor of Medicine Programme in Urology. He has served as President of the Jamaica Urological Society, the Caribbean Urological Association and is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Surgeons in Jamaica. He currently serves on the Medical Council of Jamaica and was recently made an International Surgical Advisor for Jamaica by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh
After each webinar, an engaging question and answer session was hosted where audience members were able to ask the presenters their own questions on respective topics.
Daniel Caron, Nestlé Jamaica’s Country Manager applauded the initiative to host a digital health fair as he stated, “We recognize the critical role that education plays in making our society a healthier, happier one and as such, our goal with this Virtual Health Fair was to engage and provide consumers with the educational tools they need to lead healthier lives.”
The captivating exhibitor hall allowed participants to have completely personalized interactions with booths and live representatives from The Jamaica Red Cross, The Trinidad and Tobago Cancer Society, Essential Medical Services, The Diabetes Association of Trinidad, and Tobago among others. These booths had live representatives that participants could chat with to ask or seek information about the respective entities.
According to Nestlé’s Head of Corporate Communications Siti Jones-Gordon, “Nestlé values Nutrition, Health and Wellness and therefore we have made this virtual health fair a priority. It is our hope that through this health fair we have expanded relevant discussions for our Caribbean people on the key topics presented by our experienced health professionals today.”
Due to the overwhelmingly positive responses from participants who attended The “Live Well “ Virtual Health Fair the Nestlé ADC Region has made the platform available to the public until September 27th, 2021- free of cost.
In case any persons missed or would like to revisit the health fair please visit: https://nestlelivewell.vfairs.com/ to register and to access all the lectures/ discussions. Previously registered participants can access the information by logging in with their email address to access the content.