Tag Archives: Health and Wellness

Healthy, but Tasty Option during Restaurant Week!

If you are facing the dilemma of losing weight before Christmas, but you’d like to participate in Restaurant Week that is tempting you with various menus, here’s an option for you that is not a salad!

Nyam and Scram with the juicy, Veggie Bean Burger from Pimentos! Ask them to scratch the mayo though. You’re welcome. Enjoy!

Bean Attack – $1,300JMD *(Excludes tax and Beverage)

Black Bean and Ackee Burger (BBA) and small vegan bean soup – The ultimate veggie burger with Black Bean, Ackee, Plantain, Chipotle mayo, served on whole wheat bun coupled with a small vegetarian bean soup.

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Pimentos

Location: 26 Hope Road, Devon House, Kingston

Ph: 876-291-5400

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist)

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Dream Bowls Ja at Ragamuffin Hostel every Wednesday to Saturday!

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Dream Bowls Ja are now at the Ragamuffin Hostel & Coffee Bar at 74 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston every Wednesday to Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm.

You can also now choose the eco friendly option and enjoy your bowl in store.

Remember to limit or ensure the toppings and bowl content fit into your daily fruit servings (2-4), because you could easily go over, adding too much sugar to your daily diet.

[1 serving of Fruit is equivalent to One medium sized fruit (apple or orange), 1/2 cup of canned or chopped fruit, or 3/4 cup of fruit juice]

Note that Coconut shavings are high in Saturated fat and Granola is high in sugar.

Control and portions are key. With Dream Bowls, you are in charge. Get your Dream Bowl today!

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist)

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The Lions Club of Mona Improves the Health and Environment of the Mona Commons Community

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There was an annual Back to School Treat and Health Fair in the Mona Commons Community courtesy of The Lions Club of Mona and Mona Social Services last Saturday, August 17, 2019.

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Eye Testing, Blood Sugar and Blood Pressure Tests were conducted.

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Members of the Lions Club of Mona with their collected recyclable plastics.

The Lions Club of Mona continued to keep busy in their community last weekend with their Bottle Collection and Recycling Project, a partnership with the Church of Ascension.

Plastics contribute to a large amount of solid waste and take many years to break down in landfills or the ocean. So recycle and help to reduce landfall, conserve energy and conserve the environment.

Kudos to the Lions Club of Mona, Mona Social Services and Church of Ascension, as they continue to build a better community.

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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Suga’s Healthy Blueberry-Banana Smoothie Recipe

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Blueberry-Banana Smoothie – Blend the following:
1/2 a Frozen Banana
1/2 cup Frozen Blueberries
A dash of Cinnamon
1/2 cup 25/30cal Unsweetened Almond Milk/Skimmed Milk
1/2 – 1 cup Water *(depending on desired consistency)

N.B. If you can afford some Carbs or need a bit more fibre, add a tbsp. of Flaxseeds.

Get your Cinnamon, Flaxseeds and more at any one of Green Hills Natural Foods’ locations this year and use the code ‘SUGA19’ to get 10% off! 

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PriceSmart is great to get your Blueberries and Almond milk in bulk at a reasonable price.

By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist)

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Suga’s Healthy and Natural Protein Shake for Breakfast!

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Gabby a.k.a Suga from Suga Lifestyle, Personal Trainer and Sports Nutritionist hands Mr. Norman Grant, MD and CEO  of Mavis Bank Coffee Factory a sample of her Hemp Protein Shake at Suga Lifestyle’s Nutrition Seminar on January 26, 2019 at The Liguanea Club.

Throwback Tuesday to Suga Lifestyle’s Nutrition Seminar with Healthy Smoothie and Shake Demos to kick-start the year in January 2019!

Here is a Protein Shake recipe that you can use as a meal replacement for breakfast. If you are a coffee drinker, forget the creamer and added sugars, just add it to this Shake!

Hemp Protein Shake – Blend the following:
1/2 a Frozen Banana
2 tbsp. Hemp Protein powder
1 tbsp. Flaxseed
1/2 cup 25/30cal Unsweetened Almond Milk/Skimmed Milk
1 cup Water

Get your Natural Hemp Protein Powder, Flaxseeds and more at any one of Green Hills Natural Foods’ locations this year and use the code ‘SUGA19’ to get 10% off! 

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By: Gabrielle Burgess (Certified Personal Trainer & Sports Nutritionist)

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Rotary St. Andrew North provides Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre Parents with Impactful Back to School Save

Suga interviewed Director of Service Projects of Rotary St. Andrew North, Kecia Taylor on September 9th after their Health Fair, which was held at the Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre in Hannah Town the day before. Suga had some interesting finds.

What is Rotary?

Rotary is a non-profit organization that uplifts less fortunate communities via various community service projects and other social activities.

What is the significance of September to Rotarians?

September is the month where Rotary members, known as Rotarians focus on literacy and basic education.

Why Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre ?

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The Mel Nathan Preparatory School (1994) and Chetolah Park Primary School (1908) were merged under the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information on September 1, 2018 in order to maintain viability. Both schools are located in Hannah Town, West Kingston in an area with low socio-economic conditions, plagued by violence and water shortages. Mel Nathan Preparatory was established through the charitable trust of Mr. Reynold Scott of the Scott Foundation, a human development agency of the United Church in Jamaica and Grand Cayman while Chetolah Park Primary was a school operated by the Ministry of Education.

What was Rotary St. Andrew North’s plan to help Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre?

Instead of the expected Back to School Stationery Drive, Director of Service Projects of Rotary St. Andrew North, Kecia Taylor decided to take a more holistic approach to education, focusing on Health and Wellness.

Rotary St. Andrew North’s assistance to Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre?

The Rotary Club of St. Andrew North embarked on a two-part project with a value of $1,000,000JMD. They handed over back to school supplies and computers on September 3 and conducted a health fair on Saturday. September 8, providing medical, optical and dental screening to the students.

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Rotary Club of St. Andrew North’s handing over of Back to School Supplies to Chelotah Mel Nathan Medical Centre (Left to Right: President Lori Chuck, Past Pres. Jolly, Immediate Past Pres. Andrew Jackson, Principal Tamara Rowe, Dir. of Service Projects, Kecia Taylor, Past President Michael Martin, Pres. Elect Ann Marie Curtis)
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Computers handed over to Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre from Rotary St. Andrew North

Did you know?!

Interestingly, in discussions with Principal, Tamara Rowe during planning, most students already had school bags but did not have the essential items such as books and pens. If this is the case across the board, parents may have it all wrong.

Age range of Students

Students are as young as 3 years old and the oldest included students who just left the school after sitting the GSAT Examination, but they still benefited from the health fair.

Level of Participation

The majority of students did not get their medicals as yet and 125 parents showed up at the Health Fair between the hours of 9am-2pm, where some had 2 or 3 children.

What were the logistics to aid children on the day?

A sequential numbering system was assigned at the gate and registration  proceeded in that order. At registration, Rotaractors (Ages 18-30 in Rotary’s youth arm Rotaract clubs, New Kingston and U.W.I Mona) and teachers assessed immunization records and commenced the completion of the Ministry’s Health Form. Each child was also assigned a ticket for a snack and optical assessment.

The Rotary Club of St. Andrew North and the U.W.I Rotaract Club recognized September 8 as the day to improve the literacy of our children by donating books to the newly merged school and reading to the students while they waited to be ushered to the medical teams.

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Rotary St. Andrew North members along with Members of the U.W.I Mona and New Kingston Rotaract Clubs that assisted on the day.

Cheers to the Volunteers:

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Medical, Dental and Optical Assistance

All 125 children received medical, dental and optical assessments.

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Dr. Renne Badroe administering a medical on one of the children.

A lot of the children were immunized, but have never seen a dentist.

Teeth cleaning was performed on 32 children, using all the time available on the day. Gift packages were distributed to maintain and encourage good dental hygiene.

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Teeth cleaning being provided by Kirk Distributors in their mobile unit on September 8, 2018 at the Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre Health Fair.
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Optical assessments being provided by Insight Optical.

What will happen to the Children who need further optical assistance?

The parents were advised to seek assistance at the neighbouring area clinics.

However, Rotary St. Andrew North is looking at other detailed optical assessments and prescription eye glasses as a continuation of this project and will be looking at the continued needs of the school.

Sponsors and Volunteer Medical Doctors

Kudos to the Sponsors and Doctors who assisted with this project that made a difference in the lives of many children.

Medical doctors who offered their time to assist on the day were Dr O’ Danielle O’ Sullivan, Dr. Christopher Wilks, Dr. Trudy-Ann Johnson, Dr. Renee Badroe and Dr. Lorrise Williamson and four medical students, Kelsey Williams Racine Ramnatha, Denzel Moore and Obasi Etienne.

Sponsors included Sangsters Book Store, Mailpac Express, One Stop Computers Limited, The Ministry of Education Youth and Information, Kirk Distributors Limited, Insight Optical, Central Trading Limited, Totally Male Club Spa and Salon, Barco Caribbean, Jamaica Broilers Group Limited and Inter Commercial Distributors Limited.

Congratulations to Rotary Club of St. Andrew North for a well executed, holistic project and wishing continued success for follow-up projects with Chetolah Mel Nathan Educational Centre.

Be the inspiration and help to support Rotary st. Andrew North with their next Service Project.

Rotary Club of St. Andrew North

Meeting Place: Altamont Court Hotel at 1 Altamont Terrace, Kingston 5. Ja.

Meeting Day and Time: Weekly on Mondays at 6:00pm

Website: https://www.rotaryclubofstandrewnorth.org/

Instagram: rotaryclubstandrewnorth

Facebook: Rotary Club St. Andrew North

By: Gabrielle Burgess

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