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A focus on men's foot health

Men and women's feet have the exact same structure and function, however women tend to have more problems and complaints with their feet. Part of the reason for this is that women pay more attention to their feet and seek help faster than men. Men's feet are also special, but are pretty low-maintenance compared to women's feet. The average shoe size for men is 10-and-a-half inches.
Nobody likes funky feet! Rough, hard skin, foot odor and nasty nails are big turnoffs -- ask anyone. Foot ailments develop mostly from neglect or a lack of awareness about proper foot care. Men can benefit from some basic foot care and pampering. The good news is there is a lot men can do to keep their feet in great shape.
o Condition your feet with men's body moisturizer. Hydrating your feet with a body lotion is important to keep rough, dry skin and calluses at bay. Apply lotion immediately after showering to maximize moisture absorption and prevent dry skin. If you already suffer from dry skin, moisturizing your feet one to two times a day can really improve their appearance.
o Wash between your toes. A lot of guys don't pay much attention to their feet, even in the shower. The area between your toes can trap dirt easily and is a breeding ground for bacteria; athlete's foot may develop if you don't regularly clean between your toes. So use a liquid cleanser or soap all over your feet to keep them clean and reduce your risk of foot hygiene problems; mass-market bar soaps are notorious for drying out skin.
o Wear shoes that fit. Rough skin on your feet is usually the result of wearing shoes that are too tight. The tightness creates friction that can contribute to calluses. Your feet need space, so get shoes that fit properly and have soft padding to reduce your risk of calluses and corns. You should also be using shoes that are appropriate for whatever activity you're doing. For example, you shouldn't be wearing regular sneakers when you're going hiking unless you're asking to get hurt.
o Trim your nails the right way. When you trim your toenails, make sure you're trimming them straight across and not rounded. Rounded nail cutting can increase your risk of ingrown toenails. Also, trim your toenails at regular intervals. Your toenails can become extremely long, increasing their risk of breaking and becoming infected.
o Exfoliate two to three times a week. Using a men's body scrub on your feet can help remove dull buildup and other debris that can attract bacteria. A body scrub uses exfoliating particles to deep clean your feet and leave them feeling light and refreshed. Using a body powder on your feet can also help absorb excess moisture and soothe the skin. A body powder is especially useful for athletic men. It can help prevent and relieve skin discomfort associated with exercise.
o Wear sandals or shoes in communal locations like the gym or public showers. The warm, humid floor of the locker room is swarming with bacteria, viruses and fungus that can cause infection, so always wear something on your feet at these types of public places. You have no idea what type of germs might be lurking. Lack of footwear in these locations can increase your risk of athlete's foot and other fungi-related conditions, warts and bacterial infections such as MRSA (methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus) or pseudomonas.
o Go to the spa. It's okay to go to the spa and pamper those tired, achy feet sometimes. A massage will go a long way to rejuvenate you, relax your feet and restore their health.
o See a podiatrist. Sometimes, you can benefit from the professional advice from a foot doctor. This is especially true if you notice any signs of infection like yellow toenails, foot pain injury or change in the shape of the foot. See a podiatrist before starting a new exercise regimen or sport to have your feet checked out.
o For more information email or visit or To see a podiatrist visit Bahamas Foot Centre on Rosetta Street, telephone 325-2996 or Bahamas Surgical Associates on Albury Lane, telephone 394-5820.

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Jackson likes the direction regional athletics is headed in

With a focus of promoting Caribbean athletics globally, the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) is spearheading a 'Day in the Life' Series, featuring some of the best athletes in the region. The first stop on the regional tour was the island nation of Jamaica. Sheldon Longley is with the IAAF team, and will be bringing updates here in the Sports Section of The Nassau Guardian.
Whereas Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) President Dr. Warren Blake spoke about a possible coaching exchange between Jamaica and east African countries with the intention of broadening the athletic bases of both countries, particularly in distance running for Jamaica, former sprinter Grace Jackson has a different approach.
The Olympic silver medalist over 200 meters (m) from the 1988 Seoul Games said last week that as long as Jamaica maintain its status in the sprints, put a little more emphasis on the quarter-mile events, show a little more progression in the jumps and successfully move from junior prominence to senior success in the throws, the tiny island nation would move past countries like Russia and the United States (U.S.), and become the number one athletic country in the world.
Additionally, she said that the rest of the Caribbean, including The Bahamas, can do just as good as Jamaica by specializing and focussing on certain areas.
Jamaican sprinting came to the forefront at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, as they out-shone the U.S., taking four out of the six sprint titles, two in world record times. In total, they won nine sprint medals. The following year, Jamaica took three sprint titles, and both 4x100m relays at the Berlin World Championships. They duplicated that feat at the 2011 World Championships in Daegu and at the 2012 London Olympics, with the exception of the women's sprint relay, and then last year, Jamaica won four individual sprint titles, and captured both sprint relays at the Moscow World Championships. The country is undoubtedly the number one sprinting nation in the world right now.
"I think that we were knocking on the door for a while," said former sprint sensation Grace Jackson. "Merlene (Ottey) was that first inspiration, and must be given credit as such. She took us through a period of years where she was dominant. Other males were also dominant, but not getting medals in the major championships, but the people who were beating them were not necessarily better.
"We would fall short in finals at big meets, but then turn around and beat those same athletes who were beating us in the next meet. So, the question is, was it mental - racing in a final? Our men, in particular, stayed above ground by making it to the finals, but we just couldn't win medals.
"What is happening now is that we are breaking through and winning medals. I don't think that we have a need for the middle distance events. We have won medals in a number of other events. We just have to nurture the events that we have done well in - put the support behind those events like the hurdles and the jumps, continue to support the sprints, and bring the 400 meters back on board. I do not see us at this point showing the talent in the middle distance. We need to work with the things that we have a history of making something big in.
"If we were to touch all of those and get more medals, we could move ourselves past countries like Germany, the U.S., and Russia. Individuals have to be able to have the desire to do those events. For instance, some of the 200 runners could be quarter-milers. They have to come to terms with that. We can move from a junior to a senior level in the throws, and then we have it made. Jamaica would be at the top of the medal standings at the world championships and the Olympics."
Jackson said that a major aspect of athletics is to have athletes running in the right events. She believes in the student-athlete concept, and is driven to develop a facility that allows an athlete to develop, become a different person, and then move on.
"I believe that universities are the answer across the region to be the feeder systems for national teams," said Jackson. "Universities have a structure that will always be in place. It's an ideal home for athletes. They offer academic and medical support. Universities help athletes to develop athletes into being elite, and to know themselves. At the end of the day, athletes need strong coaching, video playback, massages, medical services, nutrition, and an understanding of where they would want to go."
A number of top Jamaican sprinters opt against running indoors. Triple world record holder Usain Bolt doesn't run indoors, and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce didn't either until this past March in Sopot, Poland. This year represented her first time running at the world indoor championships, and still she was able to come out with the gold medal, in the women's 60 meters (m). Jackson said that whereas it would be good for Jamaicans to add to their athletic resumes, generally, there isn't a need for them to run indoors.
"We could just concentrate on being the best that we can be outdoors," said Jackson. "Most athletes don't want to run indoors. It creates more opportunities for them to get hurt. If we are going to improve internationally, ultimately we would have to build the stadium, and build our athletes to be top athletes. We need to focus on being the best that we can be at all times, and make athletics the best that it can be."
Just this past weekend, the island nation of Jamaica concluded one of its most successful Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) Boys' and Girls' Athletics Championships, commonly known as 'Champs'. Over 20 records were broken at the five-day high school meet. Jackson said that the excitement surrounding 'Champs' is extraordinary, but they need to be careful when it comes to the preservation of athletes, so that they could become successful on the senior level.
"When you look at a lot of our high school athletes, 'Champs' is their Olympic Games - only a small percentage of them will make it," said Jackson. "'Champs' produces top junior athletes, but how do we funnel them in different directions so that we have a larger catchment. It's a tough transitional period to the senior level. We need to create more opportunities for our junior athletes. High school competition is important, and it is a tradition that we love, and we now need a bigger stadium because of it, but we have to be careful not to overwork our young athletes."
As for the world relays this May, Jackson said that The Bahamas has a huge task ahead in staging a successful meet - the first event of its kind in the history of global athletics. The inaugural International Association of Athletics Federations' (IAAF) World Relay Championships is set for May 24-25, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium here in The Bahamas.
"I'm very excited about it. It's a great event," said Jackson. "A lot of people in Jamaica, and the Caribbean, are inspired by relays. All of the athletes want to perform well. For Jamaicans, anything that has a baton in the hand we love. As a people, we are looking forward to competing in The Bahamas. I pray for a successful meet, and for it to continue to grow. I'm hoping that The Bahamas host well and create the kind of excitement that the IAAF is looking for. We love the relays in Jamaica, and The Bahamas is big on the relays as well, and so is America, so it bodes well that it is in this half of the world."
Jackson said that it is going to take a total team effort from the Jamaican athletes to go to The Bahamas and return with the desired results, particularly with triple world record holder Bolt most likely being unavailable because of a foot injury. Earlier last week, Jamaican athletes Yohan Blake and Warren Weir had hinted that they would be coming to The Bahamas to break the world record in the men's 4x200m. Without Bolt, who holds the individual world record in that event, the task becomes significantly more challenging.

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Restore balance in all aspects of your life

It's a tough world out there and people are suffering through so much stress that it's almost impossible to keep their lives and health -- much less their finances - on an even keel. In an effort to help people restore some semblance of balance, The Nassau Guardian hosts an annual Health & Financial Fair.
The Nassau Guardian's Health & Financial Fair takes place on Saturday, February 22, at The Mall at Marathon between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Health and financial information, aerobic demonstrations, Zoomba demonstrations, health screenings, healthy food sampling, a sports fashion show, a blood drive, skin analysis and massages are all events that will take place on the day.
Health is a dynamic process because it is always changing. People all have times of good health, times of sickness and maybe even times of serious illness. As lifestyle change, so do levels of health.
People who participate in regular physical activity do so partly to improve their current and future levels of health as they strive toward an optimal state of wellbeing.
As lifestyles improve, health improves and people experience less disease and sickness. But physical health is only one aspect of overall health.
Other components that are just as important as physical health include social health (ability to have satisfying personal relationships), mental health (ability to learn and grow intellectually), emotional health (ability to feel comfortable expressing yourself and doing so appropriately) and spiritual health (which has the concept of faith at its core).
Wellness is the search for enhanced quality of life, personal growth and potential through positive lifestyle behaviors and attitudes. By taking responsibility for their own health and wellbeing, people can improve their health on a daily basis.
Certain factors influence people's states of wellness including nutrition, physical activity, stress-coping methods, good relationships and career success.
With non-communicable diseases accounting for most of the global burden of diseases, doctors the world over are doing their best to stem the tide through stress prevention rather than cure.
In recent years medical professionals have been placing an even greater emphasis on health and wellness by encouraging people to take charge of their health and get on the path to wellness. They urge people to strive to live their lives fully with vitality and meaning.
Through its annual Health & Financial Fair, The Nassau Guardian aims to show people that wellness is optimal health and vitality, encompassing physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, interpersonal and social and environmental wellbeing. Through the fair The Nassau Guardian hopes to encourage people to have a greater awareness about their own health, and about taking care of their bodies.
To achieve balance people need to take care of mind, body and spirit and they should always remember that finances should not be left out of the equation.
While most people who hear the word "wellness" think of health first, through its fair The Nassau Guardian does its part in educating the public to the fact that there are several other forms of wellness that must be considered; with financial wellness being one of them, and getting them to look at subjects like controllable debt, the ability to afford to retire and the ability to educate their children at the collegiate level.
Through the fair the company wants people to realize that "un-financial health" can cause stress, health problems like blood pressure and heart disease, relationship stress, which can lead to abusive relationships and divorces, and family interaction friction.
As a lifestyle based on good choices and healthy behaviors maximizes the quality of life, through the Health & Financial Fair The Nassau Guardian hopes to help people avoid diseases, remain strong and fit and maintain their physical and mental health as long as they live.

Health and Financial Fair exhibitors
Ardyss International
Bahamas Wholesale Agency
Colina Insurance
D.E.A.R.S (Blood Drive -2 beds)
Family Guardian
Handling Your Health
Primordal Touch
Ida's Plant Beverages
Life Chiropractic Center
Lowe's Wholesale (2 booths)
Nassau Agencies
New Life Natural Vegetation
PAS Pharmaceuticals
Redefining Health Ltd.
Skin Solutions
Sky Bahamas
St. Luke's Diagnostic
National Insurance Board
The Walk In Medical Clinic
Weight Watchers
Wellness Organics
Bahamas Foot and Ankle Institute
Peardale Seventh Day Adventist
Print Masters
The Nassau Guardian
Primordal Touch
Better Living Health Center
The Wellness Center
Pain & Wellness Clinic
Roscoe's Healthy Treats

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Thursday 17th June 2010  5:00 PM

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Primadona! The Ultimate Designer Shopping Party featuring brands such as Donna Morgan, Tory Burch, Shumaq, Ali Ro, Noir many more. Hookah Bar | "How To Wear It" Demo | Acoustic Sunset Guitarist | Open Champagne Bar | John Hardy Jewelry Raffle | Complimentary Mini Massages & Awesome Designer Shopping! SHOP ~ MUNCH ~ SIP ~ TREAT Admission Only - $15 Admission + Primadona Tote - $35 Start Time: June 17th at 5:00pm End Time: June 17th at 9:00 PM Where: A Stone's Throw Away, Tropical Garden Road & Gambier Heights

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Lowe looks to rebound from injury and defend title

Defending champion Simon Lowe is hoping to recover from a broken collarbone suffered seven weeks ago to defend his Pineapple-a-thon title on June 2.
The Pineapple-a-thon triathlon covers a 500-meter swim in the beautiful Gregory Town cove, 11 kilometers (k) of hilly biking and a 5k run. Lowe, 29, one of the stars of the growing sport in The Bahamas, set the course record a year ago, in his first-ever pineapple-a-thon. This year, he is just easing back into the sport after the fluke injury that occurred after his shirt got caught in his front wheel.
"I started biking and running again about two weeks ago," Lowe said via Facebook. "I still have not tried any swimming since the accident so I will just have to wing that. My cycling and running is coming back quite fast."
Lowe edged three-time defending champion Ken Bots of Port Orange, Florida, last year winning the race in 52 minutes and 37 seconds. The Pineapple-a-thon course is renowned for 'The Hill' that riders climb four times in the saddle and twice in their running shoes.
"I try to incorporate as much hill training as possible into my routine," Lowe said. "It's not easy in Nassau but I do a bit of bridge running between Nassau and Paradise Island and try and hit the hills around Love Beach on my bike."
The race is part of the annual Pineapple Fest's slate of activities and hopes to match or eclipse last year's record turnout of 37 racers. Racers compete in men's, women's and team divisions for prizes donated by Pineapple Air, Sands Beer, Rainbow Inn, Island Touch Massage, and the Laughing Lizard Café.
Lowe, who also won the inaugural UWC Triathlon in New Providence last September and is a former Conchman Champion (Grand Bahama), said: "I love Eleuthera for many reasons. The relaxed vibe and friendliness of the locals is always a treat. I'm really looking forward to the Pineapple Fest. I had a great time at that event last year."
Also, UWC women's champion Alana Rodgers is expected to compete in her first pineapple-a-thon, and Tennessee native and long-time Eleutheran Abe McIntyre said he's in training for his record sixth pineapple-a-thon.

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VAT bill revealed

The legislation and regulations the government drafted to guide its value-added tax (VAT) regime when it takes effect next July would tax over 80 different professions, cable bills and phone bills for all consumers, and electricity and water bills for businesses.
The Value Added Tax Bill 2013, and the Value Added Tax Regulations 2013, obtained by The Nassau Guardian, propose a flat tax rate of 15 percent on a long list of professional services, utilities and imported goods.
Financial services carried out for a specific fee, many financial transactions and insurance transactions and premiums, except for health and life insurance, will also be subject to VAT.
As has been widely reported, hotel rooms and food and beverage transactions would be taxed at a rate of 10 percent.
Condominiums that are part of a hotel complex, even if they're part of a rental pool, would be taxed as well.
However, some services and goods will be exempt from the new tax.
A variety of breadbasket items, educational institutions, daycare, after school, retirement, medical, and disabled facilities, religious institutions, charitable organizations and the sale or rental of a dwelling not part of a hotel complex would be exempt.
Games of chance, gambling and lotteries would also be exempt.
While the government has drafted over 160 pages of legislation and regulations, there are still a few things that have yet to be set in stone.
For example, the regulations propose a threshold for VAT being applied to electricity and water bills for commercial consumers.
This means that if a business consumes less than a certain amount of electricity per month to be determined by the government, it would pay no VAT; everything exceeding that as yet undetermined level would be subject to VAT.
The same is being proposed for businesses that consume public water.
While the draft legislation does not propose to impose VAT on these services for residential consumers, The Guardian understands that the prime minister will soon decide whether this will change, bearing in mind his party's pledge to lower the cost of electricity.
The government has also not decided on what the threshold will be for professional services to become VAT registrants.
The Guardian understands that currently the government is considering $100,000 or $150,000 as the threshold at which VAT will apply to those services.
The legislation also exempts professional services that are conducted for people who are not in The Bahamas in many instances.
Domestic transportation by land or water, other than in connection with a tour, would also be exempt.
VAT registrants who will be required to impose the new tax on retail transactions will be those businesses whose revenue exceeds $100,000 per year.
The VAT legislation and regulations are quite detailed and complex, but there are many areas that are quite straightforward.
What will you pay more for?
Expect financial transactions to impact your bottom line.
Financial services and transactions are not exempt from VAT if they levy a fee.
This includes, short-term insurance contracts; legal, accounting, record packaging services, and tax agency services, including advisory services; the provision of insurance, other than life or medical insurance; safe custody for money or documents; brokerage services; debt collection or factoring services and trustee services.
Also taxable would be the transmission of money or monetary value in any form; the issuance, sale or redemption of money orders or traveler's checks; check cashing; currency exchange issuance, sale or redemption of money orders and traveler's checks and currency exchange and pay day advances.
Loans to consolidate finances from bank to bank will be subject to VAT if the repayment terms are in installments.
However, financial services provided to a person treated as a non-resident for purposes of the Exchange Control Regulations are exempt.
Accounting and record packaging services rendered to these institutions would also be exempt.
What won't cost more
Many basic food items will be exempt from VAT.
Beef, chicken, pork, sheep meat, horse meat, smoked meat, dried meat, salted meat, sausage, sandwich meat, corned beef and fish will be exempt.
Fresh milk, milk products, concentrated and evaporated milk, cream, cheese, dairy spreads and butter will also be exempt.
VAT will not apply to fresh and frozen vegetables and fruit.
Rice, fonio, quinoa, triticale, flour, cereal, cereal grains, cereal groats (like oat, wheat, barley and rye), meal and pellets will be exempt.
Soybean oil, ground nut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, castor oil, other oils used for cooking and vegetable fats will also be exempt.
Margarine, imitation lard and shortening will be exempt.
Cane sugar, beet sugar and white sugar will be exempt.
VAT will not apply to bread, noodles, couscous, bulger wheat or foods for infant use.
Mustard and mayonnaise, soups and broth will also be exempt.
Mineral water for infant use will have no VAT applied to it.
Laundry detergent, dishwashing liquid, soaps and domestic utility goods will also be exempt.
Licenses issued by the government will be exempt from VAT as well.
Government agencies, ministries, departments, statutory bodies, local government councils, or other government entities that provide services that are usually taxable will be exempt from VAT if the services are of a nominal amount or they are not intended to recover the cost of those goods and services.
The Ministry of Finance will begin a series of intensive VAT workshops for the public starting tomorrow, Financial Secretary John Rolle said recently.
The workshops will come amid criticism over the proposed implementation date and questions about its impact.
The government has said VAT is necessary to bring down the government's massive deficit and get the country's spiraling debt situation under control.
Ministry of Finance officials estimate that VAT can generate about $200 million in annual revenue.Professions subject to VAT under draft bill1. Accountants
2. Actuaries
3. Acupuncturists
4. Advisors
5. Advocates
6. Aestheticians
7. Appraisers
8. Architects
9. Athletes
10. Athletic Trainers
11. Auctioneers
12. Audiologist
13. Barbers
14. Beauticians
16. Chiropractors
17. Consultants
18. Contractors
19. Cosmetologists
20. Counsellors
21. Custodial engineers
22. Custom brokers
23. Dental Assistants
24. Dental Hygienists
25. Dentist
26. Dieticians
27. Electricians
28. Electrologist
29. Embalmers
30. Engineers
31. Entertainers
32. Financial Analysts
33. Foresters
34. Funeral Practitioners
35. Geologists
36. Hair Dressers
37. Hairdressers
38. Health Care Providers
39. Home Repair Service Providers
40. Interior Designers
41. Interpreters
42. Land Sales Developer
43. Landscape Architecture
44. Lawyers
45. Librarians
46. Massage therapists
47. Mechanics
48. Naturopathic Doctors
49. Nurse Practitioners
50. Nurses
51. Nursing Home Administrators
52. Occupational therapists
53. Occupational therapy Assistants
54. Optometrists
55. Orthodontist
56. Osteopath
57. Painters
58. Pharmacists
59. Physical Therapists
60. Physicians
61. Physicians (MD)
62. Pilots
63. Plumbers
64. Podiatrist
65. Professional fundraisers
66. Professional Planner
67. Professors
68. Promoters
69. Psychologists
70. Radiologic technicians
71. Real Estate Appraisers
72. Real Estate Professionals
73. Respiratory Care Practitioners
74. Salesmen
75. Scientists
76. Social Workers
77. Speech-Language Pathologists
78. Stock Brokers
79. Surveyors
80. Teachers
81. Technicians
82. Timeshare Developers
83. Timeshare Sales Agent
84. Transient Sellers
85. Translators
86. Veterinarians
87. Such other professions that the minister may add

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Renu Day Spa Valentine's Menu

Freeport, Grand Bahama Island - Valentine's is just around the corner and we've got the perfect gift for that special someone in your life!

Try our Couples Cranberry Massage & Cranberry Delight Paraffin Pedicures.

Take a breather from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and step into a quiet paradise at Renu Day Spa.

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John Bull's
John Bull's

Friday 5th March 2010  10:30 AM

John Bull hosts a Beauty Festival. Festival features international makeup artists and offers beauty workshops, complimentary makeovers (by booking), skin consultations, mini massages, mini manicures, product demonstrations, special discounts and free giveaways. . Start Time: March 5th at 10:30am End Time: Marh 5th at 4:00pm Where: John Bull, Bay Street For more information, contact 242-302-2800

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Healthy behavior maximizes the quality of life

In an effort to keep tabs on their health and financial health, people flocked to the annual Nassau Guardian Health & Financial Fair on Saturday in the Mall at Marathon where they were able to obtain all the information they would need to try to get their lives back on an even keel and restore some semblance of balance. From valuable health check screenings to aerobic demonstrations, healthy food sampling, a sports fashion show, a blood drive skin analysis and massages throughout the day, people were able to partake in it all, free of charge.
Through its Health & Financial Fair, The Nassau Guardian aimed to show people that wellness is optimal health and vitality, encompassing physical, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, interpersonal and social and environmental wellbeing. Through the fair The Nassau Guardian hoped to encourage people to have a greater awareness about their own health, and about taking care of their bodies. And that to achieve balance people needed to take care of mind, body and spirit and that they should always remember that finances should not be left out of the equation.
While most people who hear the word "wellness" think of health first, through its fair The Nassau Guardian does its part in educating the public to the fact that there are several other forms of wellness that must be considered; with financial wellness being one of them, and getting them to look at subjects like controllable debt, the ability to afford to retire and the ability to educate their children at the collegiate level.
Through the fair the company wants people to realize that "un-financial health" can cause stress, health problems like blood pressure and heart disease, relationship stress, which can lead to abusive relationships and divorces, and family interaction friction.
As a lifestyle based on good choices and healthy behaviors maximizes the quality of life, through the Health & Financial Fair The Nassau Guardian hoped to help people avoid diseases, remain strong and fit and maintain their physical and mental health as long as they live.

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