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White Rock Baptist Church hosts fair to promote healthy living

Tribune Correspondent

White Rock Baptist Church hosted a family health fair on Saturday, April 7. An estimated 150 members from the church and the community were served at the event, which included demonstrations, a homemade, health conscious lunch and a produce giveaway.

“Our goal is to open up awareness of healthy living lifestyles,” said Deaconess Board President Thelma Peake. “We are in an area with high diabetes, heart disease and seniors that need assistance. [And] in this day and time, with so many processed foods and fast food, it’s not helping us, that’s why we are having heart disease, kidney [issues].”

The fair included a set of presentations and vendors that spoke to individuals one-on-one about health and wellness topics. The Black-owned West Phillie Produce shop demonstrated smoothie making and specific recipes to help certain illnesses. Cherish feminine care line discussed the pros of natural, organic products for women’s “reproductive health.”

The YMCA of Philadelphia and Vicinity led an aerobics workshop. The University of Pennsylvania presented on air quality and the dangers of smoking. Caring Life Services shared information on senior home care and invited the community to take advantage of the free nutrition drinks and adult diapers offered at their 648 N. 52nd St. office.

“I learned how to keep myself better [with] what goes in,” said Deacon Leo Gadson, who attended the fair. “[West Phillie Produce] sat down and explained how … starches clog you up and that there are so many ounces of water you need. Watch the salt, watch the sugar — those are the things that I’m going to do.”

Kimberly Strange, a White Rock member for more than 40 years, said upon listening to the presentation from the fire department, she would be inspecting her home. “I definitely need to pay more attention to fire safety in my house,” she said.

Another learning experience had at the fair was that of a youth who volunteered with the Penn reps, one of whom was her grandmother. “I helped my grandmother take blood pressure today,” said Destiny Hawkins, a seventh-grader who wants to be a doctor. “I talked to people. Now, I know I definitely want to do it. I know how to help people and when I do help people — it will do them good.”

White Rock Baptist Church is pastored by the Rev. William J. Shaw and located at 5240 Chestnut St.

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