St. Thomas — Therapy Works, a local institution that stands firm on the belief that mental health and wellness are both relevant and rewarding to Virgin Islanders and the predominantly black community all across the Caribbean; is hosting its 6th Annual “Lovers’ Lane Run & Wellness Fair.”
This year promises to be bigger and better than ever before. The excitement kicks off on Saturday, February 9th at Barbel Plaza adjacent to the Charlotte Amalie High School.
Activities will include:
- A health fair: 7:00 a.m. — 11:00 a.m. The fair will include health and wellness products from over 20 vendors
- Student 1 mile: 7:30 a.m. — Students all over St. Thomas welcomed to participate in a wellness run of 1 mile.
- Adult 5K: 8:00 a.m. — Join your friends in healthy competition in the Lover’s Lane annual 5k run
Therapy Works announced that the general entry fee for the run will be $5.00. However, children under age 12 and seniors over 65 can register for free.
Therapy Works has been dedicated to promoting wellness in the Virgin Islands with the annual event, now preparing to celebrate its 6th year this . The organization also offers mental health services such as counselling, group therapy and one-on-one therapy sessions. Quite often, Caribbean culture neglects mental health and wellness. Some may even ask what is Wellness?
Wellness is a state of actively seeking and achieving good health. No one will ever quite be 100% healthy however everyone can experience wellness. Experiencing wellness is a journey that starts with an effort here are some tips that can be used to help you get closer to a better, healthier you.
1. Drink Lots of Water
Drinking water is an excellent way to stay healthy. Water is a necessary chemical for our body’s natural processes. It hydrates, aids in digestion and can also assist your general metabolism.
2. Avoid Crazy Diets, Keep it Simple
We’ve all heard about the insane diets out there promising us weight loss and a 12-pack set of abs. Despite the promises, eating ice cream alone for 12 days won’t help you stay healthy. Rather, it’s best to limit your carbohydrate intake based on your daily activity level, consume more healthy plant oils, eats many fruits and vegetables, and again — drink lots of water!
3. Avoiding Sodas and Sugary Drinks
This one is hard for many people. It isn’t our fault, for years, sugar and sweet companies have been knowingly adding copious amounts of sugar to beverages. The average adult male only needs 35g of sugar, that’s about 9 teaspoons. Most soft drinks contain twice that amount.
Coca Cola’s canned sodas for instance contain 64 grams of sugar, that’s nearly twice the amount recommended in men. Healthline suggests women consume even less, at 25 grams per day. Sugar is an addictive chemical. On your journey toward healthier habits, strive to limit your sugar intake. Negative effects from sugar can include; weight gain, fatigue, kidney failure and type 2 diabetes.
4. Don’t Fight Stress by Eating it
For many, especially students, a long night studying or cramming in some cases, can be stressful. One, two or even five poptarts may come in handy from time to time. It is important that on our quest for wellness we find positive outlets for stress that won’t harm our bodies. Finding outlets that enrich our wellbeing, like exercising, healthy eating or mindfulness can be enriching experiences if approached in the right way.
The next time you feel a bit stressed out try drinking some tea; chai, chamomile, hibiscus, or even going for a walk. Avoid the excessive intake of sugar and salts as a mechanism for treating stress and try replacing it with foods that give you energy all day.
If you are interested in finding out more about wellness or participating in the Therapy Works 6th Annual Lover’s Lane Run, then check out the links below
Register Online at:
https://therapyworksvi.com/register-now/ (first 100 get a free shirt)
Facebook Event Page:
Call in to Register at:
Featured image from Therapy Works’ 2016 Lover’s Lane Run