September 1, 2017
After attending YWCA Central Alabama’s recent Health and Wellness Fair, one YW resident vowed to start cooking more instead of relying on packaged foods.
“I’ve gained a lot of weight since I stopped cooking regularly, and I know I’m eating too much sodium,” she said. “I don’t have an excuse, but I’m going to start doing better.”
That was exactly what organizers hoped would happen when planning the fair, which focused on physical, mental, spiritual and financial wellness.
“Some of our clients don’t have medical insurance and this was an opportunity for them to gather information from a variety of health and wellness organizations so that it can have a positive impact on their lifestyles and well-being,” said Parlisia Jenkins, the YWCA’s human resources manager who helped coordinate the event.
Participants received routine health screenings, including blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose and body fat composition. They also had the opportunity to get a chair massage, ask questions, and participate in an art therapy session and a Zumba class.
“We consider this event essential because we know that living a full life begins with a person's overall health,” said YW Special Projects Manager and event co-organizer Valerie Johnson. “We are so grateful to every vendor and staff member who made this event successful.”
About half of all adults – 117 million people – have one or more chronic health conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and arthritis. Research shows that individuals who exercise regularly, eat a balanced diet, focus on their mental well-being, and don’t smoke have more quality years.
“I got a lot of really good information,” the resident said. “It’s time for me to make some changes.”
Vendors included: America’s First Federal Credit Union, Brookwood Baptist Health's "Be Well" RV, Christ Health Center, Coalition for a Tobacco Free Alabama, CommuteSmart, Employee Assistance Services, Go Natural Herbs and Fitness, Health InfoNet of Alabama, Health Star Clinic, Hope Inspired Ministries, Jefferson County Health Department, and Lifetouch Massage.
Other vendors were: Lupus Foundation, MannaMarket Organic Food Co-op, Many Infinities, Inc., MiBella Wellness Center, Robert Agee, M.D., Oasis Counseling for Women and Children, Regions Bank, Sister Survivors, Susan G. Komen North Central Alabama, The Wholesome Weigh, Vitalogy Wellness Center, Weight Watchers, and the YMCA of Greater Birmingham.