Health Awareness Day
Lifestyle Festival Concert
The Annual Lifestyle Festival
The Healthy Encores Lifestyle Festival is four days of family fun centered on the health of the community. The festival has a free “Health Awareness Day”, a day filled with interactive healthcare awareness information, guest appearances, local recording artist’s performances and door prizes. Some features of the “Health Awareness Day” are: Healthy Cooking, Free Health Screening and Monitoring Demonstration, Managing Your Health, Eye Health, Smoking Cessation Clinic, Children Activities, Exercise Workshop, Exhibitors and Giveaways.
History of Healthy Encores
Healthy Encores is a non-profit organization that provides on-going health information, awareness and advocacy initiatives that focus on reducing health disparities. The series takes place in picturesque St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands on July 18–20, 2014.
Healthy Encores presents a unique opportunity for the healthcare and corporate communities to present information and issues to various diverse communities in an effort to both raise health awareness and impact behaviors in historically “at risk” populations. While Healthy Encores will spotlight diabetes awareness, management and prevention, it will also address other health disparities.
Healthy Encores is supported by the community and Congresswoman Donna Christensen. She is very passionate about this event; as a member of the Health Committee in the House of Congress. Congresswoman Christensen also participates at the event each year utilizing her medical expertise.
Health Fair Facts
The mission is to provide clear health information to the community and to create an environment of meaningful dialogue that will have a positive impact on both the community and the individual level. We are truly the festival that cares about the health of the community.
St Croix: 50,601
- St. John: 4,170
- St. Thomas: 51,634
- 75% Women
- 25% Men
- Ages 25-64
- Cancer is a chronic disease that is the second leading cause of death in both the United States and the Virgin Islands. The Cancer Facts and Figures 2010 from the American Cancer Society states, “cancer accounts for one in every five deaths in the United States, and one in every three Americans alive today will eventually develop cancer.” The mortality data in the Virgin Islands mirror national trends, with Breast and Prostate cancers being the most common for female and male deaths due to cancer.
- Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs) do not exist in the Virgin Islands. Medicaid managed care is also non-existent in the territory. The Government of the Virgin Islands, as the largest employer, offers health insurance coverage to its employees. Health insurance fees and increased costs of health insurance continue to be a barrier for low-income families.
- Diabetes in the Virgin Islands affects more Black and Hispanic residents and is more common in older adults and persons with lower education and income levels.
- Heart disease is the number one leading cause of death to Virgin Islanders.
- Limitations in access to care extend beyond basic causes, such as a shortage of health care providers (prevalent in the Virgin Islands), or a lack of facilities. Individuals also may lack a usual source of care or may face other barriers to receiving services, such as financial barriers (having no health insurance or being underinsured), and personal barriers (sexual orientation, cultural differences, language differences, not knowing what to do, or environmental challenges for people with disabilities).
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