Nurses focus on awareness
Nurses Week closed yesterday with a Health Fair at the Frank Walcott Building, where dozens of staff and other patrons grabbed the opportunity to get free health tests.
Workers got checks for blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, weight, height and body mass as nurses shared health tips.
Retired senior public health nurse/chairman of the Outreach Committee of the Barbados Nurses Association (BNA), Patricia Wickham, said the response was very good throughout the day, although there were a few hitches.
Results revealed that most blood pressures were in the “reasonable range” but people with high blood pressures were counselled on how to lower their pressure through exercise and weight loss.
Cholesterol levels showed a bit were too high, with most having readings over four.
Past president and public relations officer for the BNA, Angela Crawford, said while some people still needed to work on their weight, quite a few were also of the ideal weight.
Crawford spoke to people at length on how to reduce their salt intake and how to get more walking into their daily routine, even if it meant “disembarking at three bus stops before your own and walking home”. (CT)