AkiDwA Health Fair Gets Great Support
Almost 200 people visited the first AkiDwA Health Fair in Dublin last Friday, when AkiDwA joined forces with Cairde and a host of health-focused organisations in St Agatha’s Hall, Dublin 1. People came along from many parts of Dublin as well as from Balbriggan and Offaly, drawn by the free treatments, a pilates class and healthy snacks offered by AkiDwA members.Visitors were able to get free toothbrushes for adults and children, as well as advice on looking after your teeth from the Dental Health Foundation, while the Health Reach Team were kept busy testing cholesterol levels.
There was advice on giving up smoking, careers, sports and contraception as well as information from HIV Ireland and The Saol Project on living with conditions such as Hepatitis C.
The Fair offered lots of information and advice from local and national organisations on the many ways that we can make choices to improve our mental and physical health. The Talbot Centre was there to offer advice on drug and alcohol services for young people, while Shine and the Recovery College gave visitors some valuable tips on how to look after your mental health.
To help promote relaxation there was Indian head massage, henna tattoos and manicures by AkiDwA’s Young Migrant Women Group.
Charities such as the Irish Heart Foundation, Diabetes Ireland and The Marie Keating Foundation were there providing dietary advice and free health checks.
Local Public Health Nurses from Summerhill Primary Health Centre gave nutritional tips, while Dublin City Sports & Well being Patnership provided our Pilates class.Most visitors availed of free blood pressure and cholesterol tests while others were drawn by manicures, massage and other relaxing treatments.
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