A group of local entities advocating for healthy living will once again host the Annual City-Wide Health & Fitness Expo Oct. 27, 2018.
Host/sponsors include; (100 Black Men, VFit Health Coaching & State Representative Vincent Pierre) in conjunction with Acadiana Black Nurses Association and The Joseph H. Tyler Chapter of the National Medical Association and Alpha Kappa Alpha.
These organizations have put on health initiatives for the past eight years at different times. They’ve decided to pull their resources together and make one big annual expo as a collaborative effort.
The community is invited to join this Movement of Wellness on Oct 27th. Supporting this concept one can expect over 10 Screenings from (Kidney, Diabetes, Vision, Hearing, Colon, Diabetes Foot, Depression, Blood Pressure, BMI/Fat% Check and more).
“Now with the hustle and bustle of life, when we get to our providers, when we get to the pharmacy, sometimes there’s just not enough time to get those questions answered,” said LaShunda Green, owner of the Medicine Bin.
She is one of many physicians uniting in the city-wide initiative to influence personal health awareness in the community. “There are mental health issues, there are environmental health issues, there are issues with our teens and just the social aspect of this world,” said VFit Founder and Health Coach Vanessa Williams.
It’s a collaborative effort, providing free screenings and information to help tackle major issues like; the opioid epidemic, answer questions about Medicare and the overall upkeep and treatment of the body.
“How are you taking your medication? What time of day are you taking your medication? What are you eating when you take your medication,” said Dr. Green.
Dr. Clinton Young is another physician that will be on-site.
“Whether we have genetic risk factors, or there’s something we’re doing. It’s to find disorders that will occur that won’t have symptoms. Because many times people will have a problem, but they don’t know it,” said Dr. Young.
To register for Kidney Screening one can now contact 504-861-4500 to reserve your spot.
This event welcomes the general population, seniors and kids to take part in the Wellness Movement on October 27th kicking off at 8:30 am thru 12:30 pm.
This year we will feature the “Ask the Doctor” station where one can have a one-on-one conversation with licensed physicians.
Goers can enjoy exercise demos by ZydeFit-fitness to zydeco moves and music. The committee continues to create awareness among youth w/ a Fit4KIDZ Corner and with mini-fitness course and activities. Face painting will take place in this area also.
The event will take place at the Progressive Baptist Church Community Center.
For more information, one can contact Vanessa Williams, PR/ Media Scheduler @ 337-781-4372 or email Visionfit@aol.com.