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As we all know Dominica is celebrating 30 years of Independence, and Dominicans are returning home from all corners of the global to join in the celebrations. In an effort to keep every Dominican safe the Ministry of Health and Police department are stepping up their game this season to prevent any major outbreak of diseases – likewise crimes during and after the festive season.

The Ministry of Health/Environment is kindly asking the general public to be careful of what they consume from roadside vendors.

Things to look for when buying food from Roadside Vendors.

1. You must ensure that the people have a certified food handler’s permit, that their heads are covered, that hot foods are served hot and cold foods served cold.
2. You must also ensure that the ice used to freeze drinks are not used to serve drinks, and that they are properly attired and sweats don’t drip from their faces into what they are preparing

Also on board is the National Aids Prevention Unit, they are encouraging persons this season that it is not a case of people doing what they want. They’re encouraging abstinence because it is the only best choice of protecting yourself but if people need to have sex they need t do it in a responsible manner. There are both male and female condoms. You can enjoy yourself but clean fun is essential.

Ministry of Health and Environment
Address: 4th Floor, Government Headquarters, Kennedy Avenue, Roseau
Telephone: 266-3437
Fax: 448-6086
E-mail:[email protected]

National AIDS Response Programme
Address: 21 Hanover Street, Roseau
Telephone: 266-3570
Fax: 440-3253
E-mail: [email protected]

Commonwealth of Dominica Police Force
Address: Police Headquarters, Bath Road, Roseau
Telephone: 448-2222
Fax: 448-6204
E-mail: [email protected]

Let’s all come together as a nation, and enjoy Dominica’s (our home) 30 years of Independence Reunion in a safe and respectable manner.

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In the few next up-and-coming weeks thousands of Dominicans will be boarding flights from all corners of the global destiny for Dominica. Nearly every Dominican I’ve spoken too in the last few months – who is living abroad wants to be back home to celebrate Dominica’s Reunion – 30 years of independence.

If you’re one of those travelers who are concerned about eating healthy while traveling, airports can be particularly nasty hiccup in your plans. A club sandwich for instance, a common airport staple for wayward travelers, has 700 calories in single serving. Packing healthy snacks is your best hedge against fat and sugar-loaded or overpriced airport eats.

Once upon a time everyone had the liberty to stuff whatever food your heart desired into you carry-on. But today, according to the Transportation Security Administration website limits the following food and liquids items:

  • Beverages brought from home or purchased before reaching the security checkpoint in a 3 oz. or smaller container and in your quart-size, zip-top plastic bag.
  • Canned or jarred goods such as soup, sauces, peanut butter, fruits, vegetables and jellies – 3 oz. or smaller
  • Cheese in pressurized containers, Jell-O, pudding, whipping cream, yogurt or gel-like food substances – 3 oz. or smaller

If you Pay attention to the size regulations, it will keep your oversize items from ending up in the TSA’s trash bin.

On the etiquette side of things they suggest avoiding foods with an overly strong scent for the benefit of your fellow, and possibly more sensitive.

What snacks have you found to be the perfect mix of airline-friendly and healthy? Share with your fellow readers and travelers below.

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One of the problems growing in our daily lives is that many of us rush through the day, with no time for anything – we trying to do too many things in one day… and as a result we have time to get a bite to eat, we just gobble it down. That leads to stress to on our bodies, which is unhealthy living. With one simple but powerful act of eating slower, we can begin to feel better and reverse that lifestyle immediately. How hard is it? You take smaller bites, chew each bite slower and longer and you enjoy your meal longer…that’s it!

It takes a few minutes extra each meal, and yet it can have profound effects.

If you read the Slow Food Manifesto, you’ll see that it’s not just about health — it’s about a lifestyle. And whether you want to adopt that lifestyle or not, there are some reasons you should consider the simple act of eating slower:

Lose weight. – Research have confirm that just by eating slower, you’ll consume fewer calories — in fact, enough to lose 15 pounds a year without doing anything different or eating anything different. The reason is that it takes about 20 minutes for our brains to register that we’re full. If we eat fast, we can continue eating past the point where we’re full. If we eat slowly, we have time to realize we’re full, and stop.

Enjoy your food. This reason is just as powerful, in my opinion. It’s hard to enjoy your food if it goes by too quickly. In fact, I think its fine to eat sinful (high cholesterol) foods, if you eat a small amount slowly. Think about it: you want to eat sinful foods (desserts, fried foods, pizza, etc.) because they taste good. But if you eat them fast, what’s the point? If you eat them slowly, you can get the same amount of great taste, but with less going into your stomach. That’s math that works for me.

Better digestion. If you eat slower, you’ll chew your food better, which leads to better digestion. Digestion actually starts in the mouth, so the more work you do up there; the less you’ll have to do in your stomach. This can help lead to fewer digestive problems.

Less stress. Eating slowly, and paying attention to our eating, can be a great form of mind exercise. Be in the moment, rather than rushing through meal thinking about what you need to do next. When you eat, you should eat. In my opinion I believe, it will lead to a less stressful life, and long-term happiness. Try it out.

Dominica, like most of the other Caribbean Islands is slowly turning into the – Fast Life- which will eventually lead us to eating Fast Food, and eating it quickly. This is a lifestyle can dehumanize us, making us unhealthy, stressed out and unhappy. For those of us who rush through our day, doing one mindless task after another, without taking the time to live life or enjoy life – That’s not a good thing in my book.

Try the small act of eating slower. Don’t eat Fast Food. Eat at a good restaurant, or better yet, cook your own food and enjoy it fully. Taste life itself.

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