Signing up for better services

The people of Adeje were given the chance to sign a petition in support of the work of the AECC, the Spanish cancer association, asking the regional government to increase funding for research into cancer. Two tables were set up by the Adeje department of health, under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, at the Town Hall and outside the Adeje health centre, coinciding with World Cancer Research Day.

The councillor commented on “the importance of the work being carried out to advance the scientific investigation in the fight against this illness”. She also emailed all of the council staff members to encourage them to sign the petition, and anyone can sign up online,
http://news.aecc.es/public/m/no-podemos-parar-de-investigar.

According to the AECC, “In 2030 the target is a 73% cancer survival rate – today in Spain it’s only 53%, which is why we have to, as a minimum, double the amount we are investing in cancer research in this country.”

 

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Early detection is the key

Colon cancer detection campaign

This morning the Adeje department of health protection published details of a free colon cancer screening programme that is happening on April 5th and 6th. According to the local councillor for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, “we want to make the public aware of this cancer, one of the more common in our country, with over 34 thousand cases diagnosed annually, affecting men and women equally. It is really important to carry out occasional checks as this kind of cancer can grow with few obvious symptoms. A simple test of a stool sample can, however, prevent the evolution of the disease. If caught in time this cancer can be cured in 90% of cases”.

Hospiten Sur and the Spanish Cancer Association are spearheading the campaign offer free testing. All the public need to do is request an appointment (phone 922 750022) on either April 5th or 6th and turn up with a sample.

During the morning the Adeje council ran an information table on this form of cancer explaining how the test is carried out. It is particularly recommended for people over 50 years of age who are in a risk category and those who have a family history of this kind of cancer. Colonic cancer is the third most common in men, after prostrate and lung cancers, and second most common in women after breast cancer.

The most common symptoms that can signal the appearance of this cancer include changes in intestinal behaviour, unexplained weight loss, anaemia, abdominal pain among others. There are many different tests available, depending on the age and medical condition of the patient, however usually a stool sample is detected for traces of blood, and if positive a colonoscopy is ordered.

Prevention is helped through diet, foods rich in fibre and low in saturated fats and animal proteins. People should also drink 2 litres of water a day, avoid refined sugars, avoid smoking, drink in moderate amounts and eat their meals at regular hours. Daily exercise and get enough hours sleep every night is also recommended.

 

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8 new pharmacies in Adeje


The borough now has 21 shops licenced by the Canarian Health Service

The borough of Adeje has experienced huge population growth in recent years, and one sign is the increase in the number of pharmacies licenced by the Canarian Health Service operating in the borough, with 21 throughout Adeje currently serving the public.

According to the Adeje councillor for health protection, Amada Trujilllo Bencomo “opening the new pharmacies was most definitely a necessity given the growth in the local population, not to mention the need to provide a service for the huge numbers who visit Adeje and may also need a pharmacy during their stay”.

The pharmacies are located throughout Adeje, from Tijoco Bajo, the centre Adeje, Las Torres, San Eugenio, Fañabé, Costa Adeje, Fañabé, the Plaza del Duque, Fañabe and Oasis comercial centres, San Eugenio Los Olivos, Playa de Las Américas, Armeñime, Miraverde and Callao Salvaje.

As a whole on the island of Tenerife there are over 60 pharmacies, and Adeje and Arona have the greatest proportion of those given the density of the local population. With the awarding of these 8 new licences the current round of allocations has now closed.

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Expovida 2020: Where health and tourism come together

 

Launched today, December 15th, Expovida 2020 is a new tourism and health concept, inviting the world’s leading health innovators and providers to come together under one roof, in Adeje, in the perfect location, the Canary Islands.

In what was Sky Park, this private enterprise, at a projected cost of €150 million, completely funded by private enterprise, will be a permanent expo offering tourists a new reason to visit Adeje. With 1,600 m2 the space will have a myriad of zones featuring different aspects of health and wellbeing, and will be inviting different countries and companies to use the space to promote the latest medical and technological developments in the world of health.

The building will be topped by a massive sculpture of ‘Evva’, an interactive sculpture as, says architect Roberto Delgado, the interior of the ‘body’ will house different salons for learning, promotion, and interaction with health exponents and providers.

Adeje’s tourism councillor Ermitas Moreira spoke at the launch of the project welcoming the initiative, “a pioneer at European level and an axis for health and wellbeing. With this initiative Adeje will become a reference point for investigation, diagnostics and health-related conferences and events from both professional and training points of view. “

 

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Fruitful pursuits!

 

Last week Adeje council invited the winners of a healthy food art competition to the department of health to receive their prizes. The aim of the competition was to encourage healthier lifestyles among the borough’s young people.

As the local councillor for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, explained, during April of this year the council, through the public primary schools, introduced a competition under the slogan (translated) “Eat healthily, live healthily”. The main aim was to help the children assimilate information leading them to improve their eating habits and thus prevent the later development of health issues related to inadequate nutrition.

The competition was directed at children in primary schools, in particular promoting the importance of fruit and vegetables in the pursuit of a balanced diet, meaning the body gets the nutrition it needs to grow and develop. There were different categories depending on the ages of the student.

The winners were Maryam Lagder Rodríguez (CEIP Fañabe), Valentina Peroni (CEIP Armeñime) and Gabriela Rivero Siverio (CEIP Las Torres). Their parents were presented with their prizes in the offices of the department of health, where they were given vouchers for schools materials for this year.

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Adeje Council: Statement regarding the appearance of micro-algae along the coast

 
The Adeje department for the protection of health, following recommendations issued by the regional department of public health, is advising the public to avoid bathing in the sea where microalgae blooms have appeared in swimming areas of Adeje. Physical contact with the blooms of microalgae, both in the sea and on shore, should also be avoided.

The health department, in co-ordination with the department with responsibility for beaches, has detected the presence of the algae, which appears on the sea surface. The colour is similar to light brown sand, and has been seen along various parts of the island coast line in recent days. These ‘blooms’ of microalgae, which have been seen in bathing zones, have not actually caused any notable damage to date.

Furthermore, the local health department is stating that this is a natural phenomenon produced under certain environmental conditions, the consequence of diverse biological factors, climatic and environmental. The blooms appear sporadically and the vast majority of microalgae are innocuous, although some may product toxins that could affect health, in particular via direct contact, ingestion of water with spores, or inhalation of sea spray.
This council, as a general recommendation, is passing on the advice of the regional department of health, not to bathe in the sea and avoid direct contact with the algae in bathing areas where ‘a change in the colour of the sea water is detected, with spots of intense colour variation, where there is minimum transparency’. If there are beach activities scheduled, the organisers should take these precautions into consideration, and follow the advice at all times of the lifeguards and local police on duty.

The councillor with responsibility for health, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, has been in contact with the Adeje health centre and to date there have been no reported incidences of anyone presenting with injuries or conditions related to the algae.

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A healthier population!

More than 200 people took part in the Healthy Measures Cycle

Over 200 people took part in the Healthy Measures Cycle organised by the Adeje department of health under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo. The event took place last Saturday in the Adeje Farmers Market.

“Our main aim is to work on prevention and the dissemination of information regarding healthy lifestyle habits which will help avoid health-related problems in the future. During the year we are carrying out a series of different activities in this area, from talks to workshops, excursions, and offering professional services for particular areas of relevance”, said the councillor. “In this way we hope to let our residents have access to the kind of help they need to look after their health”.

The Healthy Measures Circuit was organised to coincide with World Health Day on April 8th, and was run from 10am to 1pm in the Farmers Market, offering the public a chance to test blood sugar levels, blood pressure, lung capacity, etc, all for no charge. The service was offered thanks to the collaboration of staff from the Adeje health centre with other professionals offering nutritional advice and information on lifestyle options.

Members of the public who took part were given a ‘health card’ with their results as well as information on the general state of their health. The assistance of the GEAS company also allowed people to test their hearing.

The councillor thanked all those for their help as well as the members of the Farmers Market under councillor Esther Rivero Vargas and expressed her delight at the numbers who took advantage of the free service.

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Healthy lifestyle in Adeje

Adeje marks World Health Day with over 20 different programmes

Adeje Council, through the department of health protection and quality of life, under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, is celebrating World Health Day with more than 20 health-related programmes currently in action this month. The primary aim of the programmes are to offer residents “a series of actions designed to promote the protection of their health and at the same time pay attention to important areas such as transexuality, respect for sexual diversity (homophobia, transphobia), etc”.


The series of activities is divided into two parts – one directed at students and the other at the local population in general. For students of infant and primary schools they will be learning about healthy eating and lifestyles, with emphasis on the importance of eating fruit and vegetables in a balanced diet. The students will receive different spread sheets (depending on their ages) and be encouraged to produce drawings around the theme, to promote awareness of the theme and the relevance of healthy eating in their young lives, both in school and at home. To that end the involvement of the family is to be encouraged.

For secondary students there will be a number of workshops looking at healthy lifestyles, food and self-esteem and for older children themes on sexuality and sexual diversity, drugs and drug dependency.

For the general public there will be a series of talks during the month including a session in the youth centre on Wednesday April 19th on the reality of living as a transsexual in today’s society. This Saturday (April 8th), there will be a ‘healthy habits’ event taking place in the Farmers Market during the morning where you can do sugar control, body/mass index, blood pressure, weight, lung capacity, hearing tests and much more. This will offer members of the public an individual health profile and indicate where individuals may need to seek medical advice.

On April 20th and 27th there will be workshops on environmental health held in the Adeje Cultural Centre.

For more information on the activities visit the Adeje webpage,
www.adeje.es/salud. All of the activities are free (and in Spanish) and don’t require prior registration.
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Over 2,000 people have used Adeje health programmes

“…the programmes with the highest approval ratings have been those dealing with drug addiction prevention and treatment.”

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According to the numbers released by the Adeje department of health, under the guidance of councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, over two thousand individuals have taken advantage of programmes, activities, workshops and courses being run by the department on health and quality of life.

The programmes with the highest approval ratings have been those dealing with drug addiction prevention and treatment run in the borough’s secondary schools, IES El Galeón and IES Adeje with almost 700 people taking part, including students, teachers and family members. The main objective is the prevention of drug use and promotion in schools and home, leading to an overall drop in the number of users.

Another programme in this area is the NOVA SUR project, directed at families with young adults of 14-22 years of age, which has helped 12 families with therapeutic intervention.

The department also hosted 35 workshops on sex education, avoiding unwanted pregnancies, safe sex practises, etc. Nearly 900 people took part from secondary schools and participants also looked at the issue of gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation and discrimination issues. The information service regarding sexually transmitted diseases, which also offers a fast confidential testing service, dealt with 68 people so far this year.

The Pink Room/Sala Rosa, in the School of Security and Coexistence, a space for cancer patients and survivors and their families, continues to host talks and workshops with up to 70 people taking part in events so far. The department also offers professional care for those suffering eating disorders in collaboration with the ALABENTE association.
Other workshops that took place in the first six months of the year included themes of self esteem, personal growth, healthy lifestyle habits, and individual development. The department of health also is a partner in the Cabildo programme attending to those with dementias, including Alzheimer sufferers.

Good habits for better health

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The Adeje department of health has been organising a series of workshops and talks to reinforce how better habits mean improved health.

The Adeje department of health has organised a series of talks and workshops with the focus on the need for improving our lifestyle habits if we want to improve our health. This applies at individual and community level.

The events are free to attend and no prior registration is needed, and are taking place from now until May 12th, celebrating World Health Day which is on April 12th. “It is important from the council’s point of view that we do all we can in the field of prevention, and information is a basic tool in this. We are doing all we can to make sure that our residents are healthy and good lifestyle habits are key to minimising risks, or in the case of an underlying health problem, coping in a better way”, says the councillor with responsibility, Amada Trujillo Bencomo.

Activities
There will be workshops on food, and healthy exercise, for children in 1st, 2nd and 3rd classes in primary schools . These will be taking place in the borough’s public schools and the council hope the participants will realise the importance of eating properly and how taking exercise can help them avoid child obesity.

For secondary school students there will be sex education and drug prevention workshops .

For the general public the council have organised talks on so-called miracle diets, the benefits of physiotherapy after breast cancer, strengthening self-esteem, dealing with stress, eating disorders, etc. In parallel and in conjunction with the Santa Cruz Celiac Association the council have also set up workshops and events for those who are celiac. Finally the council are also intent upon establishing a Diabetic centre in the borough which will, with the Tenerife Diabetes Association, offer assessment and help for parents with diabetic children.

Information about courses and workshops is available online, www.adeje.es