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Central Ohio, Allegheny West Churches Screen 800 During Health Expo
Story by Heidi Shoemaker
Allegheny West Conference member Frances Obikunle, RN, provides a free blood pressure screening.
Seventh-day Adventist members from six Ohio and Allegheny West conference churches in the Columbus, Ohio, area ended up the largest provider of free health screenings this summer at the annual 10TV Health and Fitness Expo put on by CBS affiliate WBNS. Held at the Columbus Convention Center, the weekend featured national celebrity guests, cooking demos, health screenings, fitness classes and more than 150 wellness exhibitors who helped 10,000 people address their health.
The pastoral and health ministry leaders from the Worthington church, with assistance from members at Allegheny West Conference’s Columbus African church, met for weekly meetings to prepare for their participation in the expo. Under their efforts, they were able to gather more than 100 volunteers from six area churches, representing both conferences, to administer cholesterol, glucose, BMI, lung function and blood pressure screenings to nearly 800 individuals.
For many attendees, this was their first health screening of any sort, and a number of them commented on “what a blessing” the service was for them and their families. For numerous others, it was their first interaction with the Adventist Church, our health message and health ministry. Volunteers report that a number of visitors also expressed their pleasure in learning that such programs as the Full Plate Diet and Complete Health Improvement Program are regularly offered at the Worthington church.
“The event was an overwhelming success … to be involved in an event of this scale that reached so many people,” commented Dan Thorward, MSN, RN, co-director for Worthington’s health ministry program. “We look forward to next year, when we can build on what we accomplished this year.”