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The Discover Dominica Authority (DDA) in collaboration with ‘Astaphans,is set to host Dominica’s 2nd Annual Health and Wellness Expo on Saturday May 22nd from 10am-6pm.

This showcase of Dominica’s Health and Wellness industry will take place in tented arenas on the grounds of University of West Indies open campus.

The event will feature a grand exhibition of locally available Health & Wellness services and products, a program of interactive classes and workshops, an ital foods bar and steel pan music. Entrance is free of charge.

The Health and Wellness Expo is part of the Discover Dominica Tourism Awareness Month program and will be opened by the Minister of Health, Hon Julius Timothy and Marcia Baptiste – Dominica’s Carnival Queen and Miss Caribbean World 2010. Ms Baptiste will also be the MC for the day, introducing the attendees to each workshop. The class timetable is as follows:

11am – 11:45am: Dance your way to Joy and Bliss – Charity Joy
12pm – 1:00pm: Caribbean Raw Food Demo – Chantel Selman from Organic Earth Health Store, Barbados
1pm – 2:00pm: Lunch Break – Music by Phase Five Steel Pan
2pm – 2:45pm: Spinal Health: Your Responsibility for Wellness – Dr Janet Taylor: Quantum Leap
3pm – 3:45pm: A Journey into Yoga – Trudy Scott Prevost: Rainbow Yoga
4pm – 4:45pm: An Exploration of Gene Keys – Martha Cuffy: Nature Isle Wellness
4:45 – 5:15pm: Prize Raffle Draw
5:15pm – 6pm: Martial Arts Demonstration – Purple Dragon Dojo

Over twenty-five exhibitors will be showcasing their services, offering free demonstrations, and selling natural health products and foods. A raffle prize giveaway is also an exciting part of the event with a host of special health and wellness prizes to be won including: massages, private yoga classes, gym memberships, lunch for two at Papillote Wilderness Retreat and healthy food treats and more. The first 50 people through the door will receive their raffle ticket free.

Headline sponsor for the event is ‘Astaphans – Right Place, Right Price’. Other event partners are Fort Young Hotel, Kai-K boutique and Ardens Sound System. For more details on this event please call 448 2045 or email [email protected]

“A healthy mind in a healthy body should be the goal of all generations in the world.” – Hippocrates 460-337 B.C.

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One definition of a tonic – the criterion used in most ethnic healing systems – is a herb that, with long term use is “building” in some way.

Tonic herbs are a great way to begin with herbal remedies, to try something new and see what it does for you. And they can be taken throughout life. We live in such as toxic and disease-filled world that it cannot hurt to strengthen our “shields.”

By nourishing your tissues and energy the tonics help combat disease, increase immunity and enhance the quality of your life.

Many herbs and natural products are found here in Dominica. One of the reasons why Dominica boasts a remarkable concentration of very old people in good health and they’ve begun to arouse the interest of medical science.

Bwa Bande is a popular tonic, which is said to restore male virility naturally. It is found in a tea form in many of the local shop around Dominica. Cimenkontwa is another herbal tonic that allegedly rids the body of parasites, and Citronella is good for the common cold.

Just ask any Dominican for their favorite “bush” remedy…they’re always willing to share their secret remedies.

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Friday 12th March 2010 marks the third World Glaucoma Day, and Dominica joins the rest of the world in recognizing World Glaucoma Day.

Glaucoma is group of eye diseases characterized by abnormally high intraocular fluid pressure, damaged optic disk, hardening of the eyeball and partial to complete loss of vision.

Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness in Dominica and one of the leading causes of blindness in the world.

You might think that you are too young to have glaucoma, you still may be at risk. Now is the time to find out. You can slow the progression of damage to your optic nerve if it has already started. Early detection and treatment are the only ways to prevent vision impairment and blindness from glaucoma.

This year the world glaucoma body recommended that the week of March 7th – March 13th be used for various activities in that respect. One of the activities planned throughout the Caribbean region, is a “Walk for Sight” – held simultaneously in each island on March 13.

The plan is that the walks taking place in each Island will be video-taped, and the recorded walks from all of the islands will be combined into a giant “Caribbean Glaucoma March Video” for broadcast around the world.

So spare a thought today for those who can’t read this, and help Prevent uncalled blindness. Get an eye checkup today!

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