Dahres Bannister

Road Ready | ‘One mas’ for Bahamas carnival.

Yesterday marked 22 days until Bahamas carnival and, from my interactions with folks coming in to party with us fellow Bahamians, there appears to be a lot of hype surrounding this year’s carnival.

Even better is the social media advertising that promises that May 4–6 there will be a line-up of artists the likes of whom we have seen the previous three years of Bahamas carnival. On the flyer prominently featured are Machel Montano, Destra Garcia and Skinny Fabulous. It also includes our local favorites Dyson and Wendy, D-Mac and Rik Carey, among others.

What I do know is that the concert will likely not be in the places we remember past concerts being held and that the prices are not likely to be the rock-bottom ones we enjoyed over the past three years.

These are indeed signs that the private sector has taken the reins on Bahamas carnival, and that could be a very good thing. Indeed it is a good thing for the public purse. But is not a good thing, yet, for the revelers who are expecting a masterful experience on the road. This is because the carnival bands still seem to be disbanded, and the future of the road experience seems to be a bit blurry at the moment.

While carnival-goers are used to a route that leaves the national stadium, moving toward the highway, turning onto Baillou Hill Road and heading toward Poinciana Drive, then onto Nassau Street, and finally turning left onto Bay Street to complete the march, this has yet to be set in stone and advertised for all to know.

The private sector has been calling for its chance to run Bahamas carnival since the first days of the event, but now, given the opportunity wholesale, it has been largely silent and disorganized.

This is the golden opportunity of a lifetime for it to do what it has said it would do. And now it only has one month left to do it.

Alas, this is not surprising. This is the culture of our people — loud to the last minute, with paltry ideas and execution and large egos that do not let them see past their errors.

I hope to see them come together. I want to see ‘one mas’, not one band — camaraderie above cult, and a shift in the culture of tribalism and egoism. Let’s get together!

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Reset to Wellness initiative in full swing

The road to healthy living often requires a complete mental and physical reset. For consumers leading busy lives, incorporating healthy habits on a daily basis is often challenging. By the end of the first quarter of each year many have abandoned resolutions that can lead to healthier lifestyles. To combat this trend, Solomon’s Fresh Market launched a year-long initiative called Reset to Wellness, to assist customers in achieving their wellness goals.

The brand, known for its wide selection of fresh, organic grocery options, has partnered with local fitness and wellness professionals to provide resources for its clientele to maintain healthy habits throughout the year.

In-house health coach, Melissa Major said the Reset to Wellness program focuses on contributing to the broader community. “Throughout 2018, our team at Solomon’s Fresh Market will host several events free of charge where the community is able to attend and get the knowledge and advice needed to live a healthier lifestyle,” Major explained.

“We started January with a two-part food and fitness forum for our monthly in-store Eye On Health seminars. Part one showcased five of the leading fitness trainers in the industry — Dianne Gibson of 90 Day Transformation 242, Theo Pyfrom of Wolf Fitness, Dekel Nesbitt of Bowflex Barbie, Donovan Rolle of Jay Fitness and Charles Johnson of CrossFit Potcake. They all came together to discuss their different styles of fitness and the importance of sustainable nutrition.”

Fresh Market customers were also able to gain valuable fitness tips during part two of the forum with an information-packed session on muscle gains by International Federation of BodyBuilding & Fitness (IFBB) professional bodybuilder Joel Stubbs. During the presentation, Stubbs outlined the benefits of supplements to enhance muscle growth and shared his journey to becoming a pro builder.

In quarter one, Solomon’s Fresh Market also participated in the University of The Bahamas’ UBFit Road to Wellness event. Major presented on cancer prevention. At the session, she stressed the role healthy lifestyle choices played in reducing the risk of developing cancer.

“Research suggests that only five percent of cancers are hereditary. That means the non-inherited causes of cancer, the lifestyle choices we make, the foods we eat, and our physical activity levels, have a direct impact on our overall cancer risk. This means that we must be more proactive with taking better care of ourselves,” Major said.

As a part of the ongoing Reset to Wellness initiative, the team at Solomon’s Fresh Market has committed to dedicating time and resources to providing support and mapping out realistic plans and habits for customers to maintain their healthy living goals. Through its health coaching program Solomon’s Fresh Market customers can receive one-on-one nutrition and wellness coaching, learn about goal setting with follow-up sessions to track their progress and take part in individual or group store tours. The program also offers specific coaching for cancer survivors. To set up a free health coaching consultation, call 677-7280 or email mmajor@amlfoods.com.

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