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BELIFA holds health fair

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

The Belize Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (BELIFA) held a health fair in Belize City Saturday, as a part of its activities commemorating Life Insurance Awareness Week.

The Association teamed up with several other organizations, including the Belize Family Life Association, the Kidney Association of Belize, the Diabetes Association of Belize, and the Health Education and Community Participation Bureau (HECOPAB), to hold the fair at the Lions Club parking lot on Princess Margaret Drive from 9:00 a.m., to 4:00 p.m.

At the fair, the participating organizations offered free tests for blood sugar levels, kidney function, blood pressure and HIV. They also offered information on various non-communicable and communicable diseases, and tips for eating healthy.

President of BELIFA, Shawn Smith, explained that her organization decided on the health fair as a means of reminding their customers and the public at large about the importance of good health when applying for coverage.

Smith added that getting people to know their health status is a major step in getting them insured, because they can use the information to make the necessary changes to improve their health.

“When a person dies, the first thing they ask is ‘do they have insurance?’” Smith said. “At that point you would never want to have your dependents worry where the income is going to come from if you’re the breadwinner of your home.”

BELIFA observed Life Insurance awareness week, held from October 23-29, by holding various activities, such as visiting schools to discuss insurance with the students, and making media rounds to get the message out to the wider population.

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