The Piggotts Primary School was buzzing with wholesome activities on Thursday as the fifth Annual Schools` Health Fiesta took center stage at the educational institution.
The exercise, which involved 12 schools, saw the students taking part in blood pressure, cholesterol and glucose screenings. Checks for body mass index (BMI) were also done along with health lectures, dental screening and fluoride treatments.
Among the dozen schools that took part were Clare Hall and Pares Secondary, Parham Primary, Bethesda-Newfield Combined, Willikies Primary, Gospel Light, T.O.R, Wesleyan Junior Academy, Freetown, Divine Academy, Grace Christian and the host, Piggotts Primary.
One of the individuals involved in organizing the event was Health Education and Promotion Officer, Jason Percival from the Health Information Division within the Ministry of Health and the Environment.
He said that the objective of the annual exercise is to train the youth to engage in healthy habits from an early age.
Andrea Airall, Education Officer in the Ministry of Education was another official at the function and the Guidance Counsellor was pleased with the students’ participation as well as the overall turn of events.
Doctors and Nurses from the School of Nursing and the University of Health Sciences Antigua facilitated the screenings and there were a number of public health technicians performing duties as well.
One of those individuals was Julian Salmon, a Dental Assistant at the St John’s Health Centre who explained the need for individuals to practice good oral care. Over five hundred students took part in this year’s exercise.
Last year’s event was held at the St Anthony’s Secondary School in the Longford’s and Blue Waters area and according to the organizers, the 2018 event is expected to be rolled out in either Pares or Glanvilles.