Barbados-Based Cardiologist makes call for Mandatory Exercise and Pre-Selected Healthy Meals for Barbadian Schoolchildren: 1st Anniversary, Sparman Clinic’s “Healthy Hearts Fair”

Children enjoying face-painting or patrons learning a new dance hardly sounds like a medical expo, eh? You’d more expect hands moisturised in aroma-treated heated paraffin and blood pressure checks (BP) or recipes set to remove and not add the pounds – well all of this and more was happening at the Sparman Clinic at #4 on 6th Avenue, Belleville over the weekend.

I call this vehicle the Heartmobile, parked and ready for helping folks on a 24/7 capacity!

I call this vehicle the Heartmobile, parked and ready for helping folks on a 24/7 capacity!

It was a well coordinated event celebrating the rebranding of the medical facility back on 18 July 2009. Between check-up’s of patients, we got a chance to have a brief chat with Dr Alfred Sparman who was alarmed at the cases of hypertension he encountered…

Not the usual stuff you find at a fair designed to make you live healthier, but then the Sparman clinic takes an unusual path to make sure we do the right thing for our bodies.

Not the usual stuff you find at a fair designed to make you live healthier, but then the Sparman clinic takes an unusual path to make sure we do the right thing for our bodies.

In one instance, when he did a BP monitoring of a lady – he ordered for her to be admitted immediately since she was at a danger level. He revealed people can have BP of say 250 and not know anything until they wake up one morning and one side of their body is not moving!

Hot Paraffin Treatment - the real joy is when Akela manipulates your hand with an aromatic cream, sigh!

Hot Paraffin Treatment - the real joy is when Akela manipulates your hand with an aromatic cream, sigh!

I have a pal who that happened to recently, and it scared me. I take vitamins since I was 6 but I know I can push the limit, as many folk have said – kindly or meanly – over the years and I have been trying to walk a bit more and drive a bit less.

The cardiologist heart at, uh, hard at work making sure people who came to visit are in the best of condition to celebrate next year's Healthy Hearts Day!

The cardiologist heart at, uh, hard at work making sure people who came to visit are in the best of condition to celebrate next year's Healthy Hearts Day!

The cardiologist believes it’s time for Barbados to do like Trinidad and make it compulsory for all schools to have an exercise regimen in their curricula and have it apply to all students {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR AUDIO};-

The doctor believes soft drinks and processed snacks, which have huge doses of salt for addictive flavoring, need to be replaced with fruits and vegetables, as well as a vigorous exercise routine as today’s children will not be healthy enough to be leaders in years ahead.

Cholesterol tests were also part of the day's fun at #4, 6th Ave. Belleville

Cholesterol tests were also part of the day's fun at #4, 6th Ave. Belleville

While the complete results were not tallied at that point, nevertheless Dr Sparman was astounded at the initial results of his BP Monitoring {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR AUDIO};-

In the cases he tested so far that day, he guestimated close to 80% were related to Hypertension and these were examinations held under relaxed circumstances, as in people just curious and Dr Sparman sees it as empirical towards a wider health epidemic.

In addition to the pulse checks, and other free medical check-up’s there was also an opportunity for people to learn to salsa!

Have you ever watched the Dick Dastardly shows as a kid? Remember when his pet Muttley got a dog biscuit? He’d shoot into the air then sashay back to the ground in ecstasy? That’s how I felt after being pampered by Carmen Chaderton and her assistant Akela Drakes from Second Spring Beauty Therapy Clinic. While Carmen had a client, Akela placed my hands in aroma-therapy paraffin to replace any essential nutrients the hands lose in day to day activities.

Despite pouring rain and many Crop Over events, hundreds showed up in Belleville for the Community Appreciation.

Despite pouring rain and many Crop Over events, hundreds showed up in Belleville for the Community Appreciation.

I was also privy to an upper torso massage from Carmen, who explained her training was inspired a by a renowned feel-good guru {CLICK ON FOLLOWING LINK FOR AUDIO};-

Carmen trained for 30 years in London and Helena Rubenstein was her main inspiration, her spa is not far from Dr Sparman, call and make an appointment: 429-8927

Tutch Spa was another service available for patrons that day as well...

Tutch Spa was another service available for patrons that day as well...

The Clinic also has magnificent art exhibitions and TBR will be sure to list the next show for you to visit, and when you stop through you may need to get a check-up which can save your life?

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