The 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. - Health and Wellness Committee organized a remarkable Community Health Forum on August 12 at The Best Academy and Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership Academy. This event aimed to address the pressing issues of childhood obesity and Type II diabetes within the community. With an array of free health screenings and physicals, engaging presentations, and valuable information, the event proved to be informative, fun, and beneficial for all attendees.
The event commenced with an energetic atmosphere, thanks to DJ Tay, an Emerging 100 member, who set the tone for the day. Pastor Demetrius McCoy from Word of Life Church delivered an inspiring prayer, followed by a warm welcome from Sid Barron, the Chairman of 100 Black Men of Atlanta and an executive at Asbury Automotive.
Health Services and Information
The Community Health Forum offered a range of free services and information to the public, aiming to create awareness and empower individuals to take charge of their health. Notable organizations, such as Morehouse School of Medicine, West Cascade Medical Center, Grady Hospital, Pain 2 Wellness Chiropractic Center, and Alive and Well, were present to provide free screenings and share valuable insights.
Key Presenters and Topics
The event featured esteemed presenters who shared their expertise and experiences relating to health and wellness. Dr. Ĝia Grant-Rutledge from the CDC highlighted diabetes programs like the National Diabetes Prevention Program. Justin Blalock, openly discussing his personal struggles with childhood obesity, shed light on the challenges of managing weight and dealing with complications from diabetes. Dr. Olufade Emory Sport Physicians, renowned for treating professional athletes, emphasized the importance of exercise as medicine and healthy lifestyle choices. Dr. Winston Carhee, Chair of the Health and Wellness Committee, reviewed the teachings of "The Obesity Code and The Diabetes Code," emphasizing the significance of preventing and eliminating diabetes naturally through lifestyle changes.
Intermittent Fasting and Healthy Diet:
Dr. Carhee recommended intermittent fasting as a key approach to preventing and reversing obesity and Type II diabetes naturally. Citing scientific evidence from "The Obesity Code and The Diabetes Code," he explained the benefits of a low carbohydrate and healthy fat diet in reducing hyperglycemia and hyperinsulinemia. However, he emphasized the importance of seeking guidance from knowledgeable healthcare professionals before adopting any dietary changes.
Promoting Healthy Food Choices
Lee Haney, an 8-time Mr. Olympia, addressed the lack of healthy food options in the community. He championed the use of the Yuka app, which rates the healthiness of food on a scale of 0 to 100. Haney stressed the importance of being vigilant about one's and their family's health by making informed choices.
Engaging Activities and Giveaways
The event offered more than just informative sessions. Attendees had the opportunity to win exciting prizes, including an Atlanta Falcons rookie Bijan Robinson jersey and two tickets to the Falcons' home opener. Just Jerk food truck served delicious mixed fruit and baked jerk chicken, while the G-Code gaming truck provided entertainment for both kids and adults.
Supporting Sports Participation
As part of their commitment to promoting health and wellness, the Health & Wellness Committee provided over 50 pre-participation sports physicals on-site, ensuring that young athletes are ready for their respective sports seasons.
The Community Health Forum organized by the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc. - Health and Wellness Committee was a resounding success. With its emphasis on tackling childhood obesity and Type II diabetes, the event provided the community with valuable resources, engaging presentations, and practical information. This event exemplified the commitment of the 100 Black Men organization to the well-being of the community.
For more information about future Health and Wellness Committee events, please contact Dr. Cathee Winston at Winston@Carhee.com. To support the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc., visit 100atlHealth.com.
Note: The information provided in this article is a summary of the event and should not replace professional medical advice. Always consult healthcare professionals for personalized guidance.