Organizers are putting the final touches on a fun family event slated for today.
The inaugural Health for All Festival is taking place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Lester’s Farm Chalet.
This is a free public event organized by NL SUPPORT, a group within the Translational and Personalized Medicine Initiative (also known as TPMI) in the Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Attendees will be able to learn more about how NL SUPPORT is helping improve health for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador with some fun hands-on demos.
“All the research we do here has a direct input on patient outcomes,’’ Dale Humphries, a research officer at NL SUPPORT said.
He used as an example a family on the west coast that has an autistic child. By developing programs funded through initiatives like this one, the family can access services via Telehealth and be able to get the help they need without having to travel great distances.
“It is important for us to improve patient’s lives in remote areas. Programs that we help support takes stresses off these families,’’ Kate Hogan, the knowledge transition lead with NL SUPPORT.
“For example, I am a nervous driver and worry about moose on the road. Then there are issues with things like childcare and snow storms, all things that cause stresses,’’ she added.”
There will be 13 displays on hand for everyone attending, prize packs for the children, a children’s colouring door prize, live music, singing and a piano on hand and a Cineplex gift card is up for grabs. Loot bags and refreshments will also be available, as supplies last.
Gerry Rogers will serve as the emcee for the event and Dr. Brendan Barrett, the scientific director for NL SUPPORT will give a brief address.
Organizers encourage families to come out to the event to explore all of the interesting health and science-related demonstrations, fun health science things and possibly a farm animal or two.
NL SUPPORT is new research support centre housed at Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine. Its mandate is to nurture a culture of patient-oriented research in NL.
Activities get underway at the 90 Pearltown Rd. location at 11 a.m. and the public is encouraged to attend.
NOTE: There is a Facebook event with some additional information: https://www.facebook.com/events/880633758751492/?active_tab=about.