National Council of Negro Women Wellness Expo & Health Fair

ST. PETERSBURG – The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. (NCNW), held its annual Community Wellness Expo & Health Fair last month, presenting an array of health care providers and representatives. Included were: Dr. Ricky Lockett, Dr. Darall Moore and Dr. Reginald Ligon who shared information on topics ranging from joint care, diabetes, dental care and other related health issues.

Janice Starling-Williams, founder of All Kidney Patients Support Group, presented information on diabetes and kidney disease. In speaking about the purpose and function of her organization, she stressed the importance of getting more African Americans to become organ donors.

“Organ donation is sometimes a stigma in the black community and therefore many do not become donors,” said Starling-Williams, “but statistics show organ donations save lives.”

Participating vendors represented the Sickle Cell Association, St. Anthony’s Hospital’s Nutrition/Diabetes Center, HIV Awareness, and AmeriPlan USA. All vendors offered printed information as a take-away that could be used later in making pivotal health decisions.

The wellness expo and health fair also featured health education on COPD, cancer awareness, heart health, stroke, mental health and other health concerns. Dr. Darall Moore, podiatrist, couldn’t emphasize enough the importance of examining your feet; especially those who struggle with diabetes.

“You might not be as flexible as you used to be and can’t raise your feet to check them out,” he said, “so get a mirror and position it so you can see what’s going on all over your feet.”

Those in attendance had fun using a game board to play the “Wellness Game,” which allowed them an entry into a drawing for one of various giveaways. The game board was made up using titles of all the information that had been made available during the day’s event.

Kena Bryant, fitness enthusiast, encouraged attendees to get up and join her as she demonstrated some quick and easy fitness moves that could be done at home. This got the crowd up, moving and enjoying every minute of it.

As the health fair began to wind down participants were encouraged to stay and enjoy a healthy lunch. Being informed, staying healthy, and keeping fit while being able to fellowship with one another made for a successful day!

The historic National Council of Negro Women, Inc., St. Petersburg Metropolitan Section is committed to serving the community that has supported it since 1942, when founded by Fannye Ayer Ponder. Part of the organization’s commitment is supporting wellness in our community.

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