Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands (March 24, 2015) – Since 2009, FortisTCI based in Providenciales, has had the pleasure of hosting one of the largest walkathons in the Turks and Caicos Islands. This event from inception has encouraged participants to step into spring on a healthy foot. This year was no different as the Providenciales community came out in droves to ring in spring and promote healthy living among all.
With well over 500 participants, citizens, residents, and visitors came together for a morning of fun, family, friends, healthy food, and fitness activities. The morning started with a warm-up, followed by the walk, run, and cycle events before opening activity stations, health screenings, and serving the traditional TCI Saturday hot breakfast, a usual hit with the crowd.
Prizes were awarded to this year’s fastest runners and cyclist.
Top male and female in the 10K route were: Lofton Seymour and Rebecca Bernadine. Top male and female FortisTCI employees in the 10K route were: Verdieu Nore and Kebba Morgan. Each winner took home a Nutribullet Pro 9000 to help them keep up their healthy lifestyles.
The first place cyclist was Cameron Thompson, who was awarded a Sigma ROX 5.0 cycling computer.
The first child (under 13) to cross the finish line was Justin Parker. Justin received a Kindle Fire HD6.
The largest corporate group in attendance was once again Scotia Bank with 28 employees present at the time of counting. Their group went home with gym bags and exercise goodies.
FortisTCI President and CEO Eddinton Powell said, “Since moving to the Turks and Caicos Islands, I have noticed something different in the mornings and the evenings. I see more people walking and running alongside the roadways, on the track, and in the gyms. That means that people have become more health conscious and living better, healthier lifestyles. We as employees of FortisTCI and members of the TCI community, want to be a part of this healthy movement and will continue to promote healthy living through this event and others just like it each year.”
FortisTCI wishes to express thanks to the Honourable Premier and Minister of Health, Agriculture and Human Services, Dr. Rufus Ewing for bringing remarks, the Ministry of Health Nursing Team who assisted with blood sugar and high blood pressure testing, the Royal Turks and Caicos Police Force for ensuring participants were safe while on the road, the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) team, Pastor Colby from Healing Waters Ministries for offering blessings, Ainara from Graceway Sports Centre for conducting the warm-up and cool-down, the National Cancer Society, the Diabetes Association, the Red Cross, Provo Roadrunners, Junior Achievement group Island Jewels, Members of the Media, and the FortisTCI 2015 Spring Fun Walk & Run Committee and supporting staff and volunteers. FortisTCI would also like to express its gratitude and appreciation for the wonderful community that came together to make the event the success that it was.
Misick announces Longer terms in Office, Bi-Partisan Constitutional Changes
#TurksandCaicos, February 19, 2024 – Magnetic Media SOTS23 COVERAGE: Premier WASHINGTON MISICK announced that there is bi-partisan agreement on the CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES which the people of the Turks and Caicos can expect including a FIVE YEAR term for the elected Government.
The House of Assembly will finally leave the HJ Robinson High Auditorium to return home at the NJS Francis building and when it does, it will be called a PARLIAMENT with only ELECTED MEMBERS; (as reported) ending the four year term and ending the APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS for a truly democratic composition of the house of representatives.
The State of the State Address, a creation of the Progressive National Party Administration, was carried live from Yellow Man and Sons Auditorium in Grand Turk, tonight February 19 which is also the three-year anniversary of the Misick-led government.
#TCIPremier #WashingtonMisick #SOTS2023 #TurksandCaicosParliament #tcinews
How to protect against HIV
#TurksandCaicos, February 15, 2024 – HIV/AIDS has killed more than 40 million people globally since it first appeared in the human population in 1959 according to the World Health Organization WHO and even though there are effective treatments there is no cure making prevention practices a top priority for vulnerable groups.
In recent months claims have emerged of rising cases locally creating concern in some Turks and Caicos residents. The Ministry of Health has remained silent on the issue and has not published relevant statistics despite repeated queries from Magnetic Media.
Given the continued presence of the virus, individuals are still at risk from infection. In fact the WHO says in 2022, when 630,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.3 million people acquired HIV.
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus behind AIDS, the most advanced form of HIV.
The virus spreads through the body fluids of an infected person, including blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal fluids. It is not spread by kisses, hugs or sharing food.
With this in mind there are several steps that residents can take to protect themselves including
- Using condoms during sex
- Limiting sexual partners
- Being tested regularly
- avoiding sharing needles, syringes and other injecting equipment
- Using personal protective gear when dealing with bodily fluids
Vulnerable populations can be administered Pre Exposure Prophylaxis which work to prevent infection and Post Exposure Prophylaxis which can prevent the virus from taking hold.
An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence. In 2024 HIV can be treated and prevented with antiretroviral therapy (ART). These drugs strengthen the immune system which HIV weakens significantly.
Still the WHO encourages residents to take preventative action.
CARPHA: Take Action to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Saharan Dust
February 16, 2024 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to protect themselves against adverse health effects of a Saharan dust plume, which has covered many parts of the Caribbean.
The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in a Dust Bulletin dated February 9th, 2024 stated, “it is highly likely that particulate matter levels will be above the 24-hour outdoor air quality guidelines” as established by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dr Joy St John, Executive Director, CARPHA, explained “Saharan dust worsens air quality and increases the levels of particulate matter in the air. This can be hazardous, especially to small children, older adults and people with underlying lung conditions and chronic cardiopulmonary diseases”. Dr St John added, “Saharan dust can also worsen the health symptoms of those who suffer from asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”.
In light of the poor air quality levels, CARPHA is encouraging persons to take steps to avoid the harmful effects of Saharan dust. These include:
- Stay indoors as much as possible and when outdoors, wear a dust mask (eg. KN95)
- Utilise a HEPA filter indoors to purify air in individual rooms
- Persons who use medications for pulmonary conditions should carry them at all times and use as prescribed
- At the first sign of difficulty while breathing, seek professional medical advice immediately
- For less severe symptoms, standard allergy medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays may alleviate symptoms
For more information, please see excerpts from the attached CIMH Dust Bulletin.
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