UTech's wellness fest targets Papine communities
The 2018 renewal of the Papine Wellness Fest kicked off in August Town, St Andrew, last Thursday.
The event, which is being undertaken by the University of Technology in partnership with the Social Development Commission, the Citizen Security and Justice Programme, and the August Town Community Development Committee, represents an effort to support the health and holistic wellness of the August Town community.
More than 300 persons attended the first event, which was held in African Gardens. They were screened for various lifestyle illnesses.
Pauline Richards, a member of the August Town community, said the wellness fest is "a great initiative for the community"
Stacy-Ann Moulton of the Diabetes Association of Jamaica said: "A majority of persons screened had high blood pressure. However, the good news is that only a few were diagnosed with diabetes".
The Papine Wellness fest series continues in Highlight View on Thursday with a health fair and seminar. It then moves to Kintyre on Sunday.