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Celebrate life: For God’s Purpose, Liturgical Dancers perform at the Celebration of Wellness event at City Hall car park (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Couch potatoes and fitness fanatics alike descended on the City Hall car park yesterday evening for the 6th annual Celebrating Wellness event.

Organised by the Department of Health, this year’s gathering was held under the theme “Healthy Boys to Men” and ran from 5pm to 8pm.

Opening proceedings, Minister of Health and Seniors Jeanne Atherden explained that males encounter more problems than females in areas such as addiction, violence, crime, accidents and premature death.

Within Bermuda, men also suffer from higher rates of death from cancer, strokes, renal failure and external causes like assaults and road accidents, she added.

“Healthy eating plus more activity equals a strong, healthy life. And the girls in your life want you around as long as possible,” Ms Atherden said. “We want everyone to be healthy and happy.

“Choose to be more active, and all things in moderation.”

The event also featured information booths, health screenings, nutritious food, fitness classes, an obstacle course, jump ropes and Pilates.

Stretching out: Marisol Raynor gives pilates instruction (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Jump rope: Lucien Penacho, 11, MSA student of Jump2BFit gives a demostration (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Lifting the crowds: Chris Crumpler gives a motivational speech (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Test of strength: Iejah Caines tries the fitness pole at the Celebration of Wellness (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
It’s a hold up: Lejah Caines testing his strength on the fitness pole, at the Celebration of Wellness (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Sky high: Ravi Bradshaw, 5, student at Port Royal Primary School, learning about the fitness pole with Lejah Caines (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Jumping into action: Seth Pearman, owner of Salveo Therapeutic Message, at the Celebration of Wellness (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
The fitness police: PC 934, Krishna Singh, jumps into action (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)
Keep on moving: zumba groups performing at City Hall (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)