April is National Minority Health Month
In celebration of National Minority Health Month, Mercy Medical Center collaborated with area agencies to offer “Munch, Mash, Mix & Move with Mercy” on April 21 at Edward “Peel” Coleman Southeast Community Center. Funded in part by the Ohio Commission on Minority Health, this family-friendly event attracted over 150 neighbors, area residents and their families for food and fitness demonstrations, health screenings and education, and children’s activities.
“Programming focused on diabetes and cardiovascular disease prevention” said Sister Carolyn Capuano, HM, vice president of Mission and Ministry Services at Mercy Medical Center. “Demonstrations included family dinner ideas and exercises participants could do at home.”
Kate Anderson, RDN, LD, dietitian at Mercy Medical Center, led a demonstration on how to make vegetarian chili (https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/14021/grandmas-slow-cooker-vegetarian-chili/), with samples for all guests to enjoy. Anderson also discussed how to read and understand labels, the importance of portion control, and how to compare sugar content in popular beverages. The first 50 families to register took home free crockpots.
Stephanie Wheeler, MS, CES, director of Employee Health & Wellness at Mercy Medical Center, led a fitness demonstration of exercises you can do at home with little or no equipment. Families were given exercise bands to take home.
Mercy Medical Center health professionals offered free blood pressure screenings, and Mercy ANGELS shared information about the importance of early detection and prevention of breast cancer. Allen and Belden Elementary Schools, SPARK Ohio (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids) and Stark County Community Action Agency (SCCAA) also led participants in games, handed out promotional items and shared important information.
“It was wonderful to see the many residents participate in this healthy living event at the Edward “Peel” Coleman Southeast Community Center on Saturday,” said Mayor Thomas Bernabei, who was in attendance. Adding, “It was great to see the families take part in the special activities for children, including the exercise and interactive food demonstrations. What a great collaborative effort between the Commission on Minority Health, Mercy Medical Center, Allen and Belden Elementary Schools and Invest Health, of which the City of Canton is a member.”
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