As heart disease, obesity, and depression increase in the African American community, the Black Women’s Health Alliance is sounding the alarm by kicking off a new campaign “Creating A Legacy of Wellness: Mind Body and Spirit” with a press event today at Philadelphia City Hall from noon to 2 p.m. The new campaign is designed to engage city and community leaders so they become concerned about the health of their constituents and begin instituting wellness activities and programs in their arenas. “We have to do something to reverse this negative trend toward unhealthy lifestyles in the African American community,” says Brenda Shelton-Dunston, executive director of the Black Women’s Health Alliance. “We hope this event inspires invited guests from area churches and community organizations to make health a No 1 priority.” Philadelphia City Council will designate June 2, as “Creating a the Legacy of Wellness: Mind Body and Spirit Day” in the city.
In what organizers promise will be a “power-packed” celebration, the True Worshipers Worship Center will host the Glory Explosion Conference in Dallas, Texas. The annual worship conference is scheduled for June 10-12 at the Adolphus Hotel. Leading biblical scholars, authors and producers will be featured speakers and seminar leaders during the three-day event. The list includes Cindy Trimm, author of “Rules of Engagement,” Tommy Tenney, producer of the movie “One Night with the King,” and author of “God Chasers.” World-renowned ministers of music, including Terry MacAlmon, David and Nicole Binion, will lead worship and teach workshops at the conference.
According to a report by the Urban Institute, up to 40 percent of all low-income families in the United States experience hardships related to housing. This means that millions of people across the country are in bad economic situations, and thus qualify to live in low-income housing and apartments. To help them best decide where to live, a website managed by the National Low Income Housing Authority at www.LowIncome.org has just added more than 50,000 new properties to their online database. The properties are located in all 50 states, and all of them are vacant and available now for rent. The website is an easy-to-use free online tool that offers valuable information, resources, and tips on how to find and apply for low-income housing programs, affordable housing programs, and other similar government assistance programs. Those who are going through a financial crisis can use the site to find an affordable place to live, to be informed about what their options are, and to be encouraged that there is help available. In addition, the site can be used as a resource on how to best deal with evictions, foreclosures, bad credit and more.