Health

An inaugural Motivational Conference which will become an annual staple for the Southern Regional Health Authority (SRHA) has been described as a step in the right direction for healthcare workers. The Conference which was staged under the theme, “Ain’t no Stopping us Now” was held on Tuesday, November 29 at the Mandeville Hotel in Manchester and targeted some 100 employees from the SRHA facilities in Manchester, Clarendon and St. Elizabeth.
Members of the “Make Healthy Happen Miami” team attended the EcoFest Festival at Broadway Place in Liberty City recently. EcoFest is a community festival that provided residents with an opportunity to celebrate sustainability and green efforts in Miami-Dade County. During the event, the Make Healthy Happen Miami team handed out over 100 “HealthPacks” filled with educational resource information and materials on healthy living, eating and wellness.
Described as simple yet profound, the Black River Hospital in St. Elizabeth has implemented several creative solutions which have created 28 additional bed spaces. The initiatives include the transformation of the hospital’s old maternity ward previously used as an Outpatient Clinic to an overflow Ward for Accident & Emergency patients; retrofitting of two containers to house the Outpatient Clinics and installation of a wheel chair lift to access the upper Male Ward which features a retrofitted verandah space which will house patients.
The 2016 renewal of SMARTRide takes place this Friday and Saturday, November 18th and 19th. At 6:30 Friday morning, following the reading of a proclamation, hundreds of riders and crew, all volunteers, will, under police escort, set out from the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus. They will overnight at Hawks Cay and on Saturday morning, proceed to Key West. The Ride will end with a four-mile police-escorted parade through Key West and a ceremony at the AIDS Memorial at White Street Pier.
At school, kids are exposed to an influx of germs that can cause a number of preventable sicknesses, including cold and flu. The top germiest school-based culprits include water fountains, plastic reusable cafeteria trays, keyboards, toilets and students’ hands. To keep your family free from the sniffles all year long, here are five easy-to-follow tips to ensure a healthy, happy and absent-free school year. 
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