While visiting family in Victoria over the Canada Day long weekend, my mother took me to the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA)‘s Diversity Health Fair on Saturday.
What I found really neat about this local community event is how appropriate it was to host it during the Canada Day long weekend. Despite numerous people out and about in downtown Victoria at the Inner Harbour celebrating the national holiday, the locals were at the ICA office at 930 Balmoral Road volunteering and participating in a Diversity Health Fair that introduced various free services available to Victoria residents.
My mother and the Victoria Seniors Chinese Association performed a Tai Chi demonstration, to showcase that not only young people, but seniors especially, would benefit from this Chinese martial arts. The slow movements allow seniors to learn this martial art at a slower pace, at the same time participating in daily exercise. Throughout the day, other active demonstrations were scheduled to showcase different diverse ways of exercising to keep healthy lifestyles including Japanese dance and Indian bellydancing.
There were 32 booths that displayed products and services that promoted a healthy educated lifestyle, including chiropractic services, BC Nurses taking blood tests for diabetes/sugar glucose levels and blood pressure, Heart & Stroke Foundation performing blood pressure tests, Welcome BC promoting immigration services for newcomers to Canada, etc. It was an excellent event for locals and newcomers to Canada to learn about the various free services non-profits provide in Victoria to promote a healthier lifestyle.
I hope this event continues to be showcased each year and grows so more locals will come out and learn more about how to stay healthy living in Victoria! Thanks to ICA for putting on such a wonderful and informative event.