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African American Health Program Community Day Planned for April 21

For Immediate Release: Friday, April 6, 2018

The public is invited to the African American Health Program’s fifth annual Community Day on Saturday, April 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Montgomery College’s Takoma Park Campus. The event will be held at the Charlene R. Nunley Student Services Center, located at 7625 Fenton Street in Silver Spring.  

The theme of the event is M.O.V.E. – Making Obesity Virtually Extinct - and will feature health screenings, health education and physical fitness demonstrations and activities.  There will be hand dancing, Zumba, a children’s puppet show, nutrition workshops with food tastings, activities for young participants and more.  A drumming ceremony will be performed by Jabari Exum, choreographer for the Black Panther movie.

April is National Minority Health Month and chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes and issues such as infant mortality deaths disproportionately affect Black/African Americans as compared to other races and ethnicities.

If you need sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids or services to participate in the event, please contact Arlee Wallace at 240-777-1451 or arlee.wallace@montgomerycountymd.gov with as much advance notice as possible, preferably three business days before the event.

Community partners include Montgomery College; Xi Sigma Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Iota Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity; Mu Nu Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.; National Medical Association; Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc; Eta Pi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.; Montgomery County, MD section of National Council of Negro Women, Inc.; Links, Inc.; Holy Cross Hospital, Howard University School of Dentistry; University of Maryland School of Nursing; Black Ministers Conference of Montgomery County; the County Executive’s African American, African and Caribbean Affairs Advisory Boards; and the Office of Human Rights.  Event volunteers are from local organizations such as churches, community representatives, local and state programs, fitness gyms/trainers and individuals.

For more information, visit www.aahpmontgomerycounty.org or call 240-777-1833.

Release ID: 18-504
Media Contact: Mary Anderson 240-777-6534