Health festival set to kick off in Mombasa

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The Health Festival 2014 will kick off with the first of three planned editions, in Mombasa on the 31st May 2014. Featuring Wellness, Health and Personal Growth Exhibitors, the festival, organized by Iris Management, will be Kenya’s all-encompassing premium health, wellness and lifestyle event that reflects the global move towards health, longevity, positivity, vitality, environmental awareness and sustainability.

“Health is, and will continue to be a pertinent issue in Kenya, with the foremost concern for most healthcare stakeholders being access to the right kind of information for the public. Last year’s Health Festival focused on nutrition. This year’s focus, which is on both physical and emotional health, will enable the participants gain more from the activities of the day,” commented Ms. Phanice Shamalla, Iris Management’s Events Manager.

The Festival will have 3 editions, with the second one being the Nairobi Health Festival slated for the 30th and 31st  August at the All Saints Cathedral, and the Eldoret Health Festival which will be held on 25th October at the Sirikwa Hotel.

“Certain individual behaviors and lifestyle choices increase risk factors for health problems and influence the development and course of chronic conditions. These conditions are ultimately very costly and sometimes even fatal. As health products/services consumers, we owe it to ourselves to seek the right information, get the right answers to our health and well-being from the experts, therefore becoming wise consumers of medical care,” continued Ms. Shamalla.

“This is why the planned activities at the Health Festival include free medical screenings for blood Pressure, Diabetes, HIV and many more, Educational sessions on reproductive health, proper nutrition, Financial Health, and physical fitness which will include aerobics, yoga and zumba classes,” she says.

Visitors to the Mombasa Health Festival can expect to learn more about eating healthier and keeping a healthier home, listen to experts share new ideas about lifestyle changes to help lower stress, get free medical screenings, get simple recipes, and sample healthy and ultra-tasty dishes.

Some of the topics that will be addressed will include safely exercising in the extremities of hot and cold weather, prenatal nutrition, managing menopause, Ask A Doc session with a physician, and the effects of second-hand smoke to non-smokers living with a smoker to mark World No Tobacco Day.

“The response received during the 2013 health Festival, encouraged us to expand to the counties. People are thirsty for health knowledge, and this is why this year’s health Festival will have three editions. We hope to move into more counties in the coming years, “she concludes.

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