Free Weekend Wellness Events

WI Staff | 8/19/2010, 4:29 p.m.

Local organizations announce a free workshop series, Wellness Works!, inspiring African American District residents to lead healthier lives through stress reduction, exercise and nutrition.

The kick-off event featuring DC Councilman Marion Barry is Saturday, September 11, from 10AM to 2:30 PM at Allen Chapel AME Church, 2498 Alabama Ave SE, Washington, DC. Free lunch and childcare provided. A series of six workshops will follow on Saturdays in September and October.

Statistics from the American Cancer Society show that African Americans residents of the District are more likely to develop cancer than persons of other racial/ethnic groups.

"Poor nutrition and lack of exercise are key contributors to overall cancer risk for African Americans", says Carole O'Toole, Director of Patient Navigation Programs at Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts, who is coordinating the event. "We are excited to offer Wellness Works! with local churches in the community to make healthy habits fun and easy". This free workshop series will be interactive with cooking demonstrations, samples, recipes, simple techniques to reduce stress and enjoyable physical activity. To register, please call (202) 889-7296. (Space is limited.)

Workshops are coordinated by Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts, in conjunction with Allen Chapel AME Church and Union Temple Baptist Church.

This program is funded by grants from the DC Cancer Consortium; Department of Health, Government of the District of Columbia; and Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

About Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts:
Founded in 1996, Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts is a nonprofit health, education and creative arts organization. Our work is based on the single, profound idea that in the face of life's challenges, every individual has an innate healing capacity that can be rallied in their own support.

We offer physical, emotional, and mental resources that lead to life-affirming changes. Reaching more than 10,000 people annually, our programs and services are for the general public, with a special focus on serving those affected by cancer and illness.