Churches United for Healthy Congregations

Improving health through faith and behavioral change.

September is Fruits and Veggies Month - More Matters!


Eating and drinking colorful fruits and veggies provides a natural variety of vitamins, minerals,
phytonutrients and fiber that allow you to be your best everyday.

Eating fruits and veggies matters in maintaining a healthy weight and may reduce the risk of many diseases.

Eating a colorful variety of fruits and veggies provides a wide range of valuable nutrients like
fiber, vitamins and potassium.  For more info, click here.

St. Anthony's Faith Community Nursing Wellness Conference - October 20

The Faith Community Nursing program at St. Anthony's will be having  its annual wellness conference on Friday, October 20 from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. This year the theme is Palliative Care and the keynote speaker will be Donald Simmler II, MD, Board Certified Palliative Care physician. CEU's are available, breakfast and lunch provided and the first 250 people can receive a free flu shot. The site is Pasadena Community Church, 227 70th street South in St. Petersburg.  Don't miss out on this informative conference about a topic that has touched each of us!   To register call 727-825-1709.

Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project 2017

Monday, January 16 was the second leg of our Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project.  On Saturday, January 14 we put on our yearly workshop for CUFHC  liaisons at Empath Health entitled "Health Visionaries Making a Difference."  Then on the following Monday, Carolyn Swanson and Susan Gilbert represented CUFHC at the Sistahs Surviving Breast Cancer "It's a Family Affair Wellness Festival"  at Mt. Zion Progressive MBC.  Bags were given to attendees with good information and about how to live a healthy life and knowing those important numbers like cholesterol, triglycerides, body mass index,  and high blood pressure.  Thanks to the Martin Luther King Jr. Service Project funders for allowing us to participate in delivering important health education to our community! 

Congratulations to Ruby Hope, National Spokesperson for the American Heart Association's Go Red program.  Join Ruby on February 3, 2017 at Pinellas Technical College for Pink Goes Red, from 6:00pm- 8:00pm. They'll be refreshments, free givieaways, health screenings and line dancing. Hosted by AKA Zeta Upsilon Omega, DST St. Pete Alumnae Chapter.  

How to Protect Yourself Against Zika

There's lots of information going around right now about what the Zika virus is and does. Now the first case of a Florida mosquito infecting someone is being investigated. Florida has confirmed local transmissions of the Zika virus in one small, less than one-square mile area in Miami-Dade County, just north of downtown.  Learn how you can protect yourself against the Zika virus by clicking here. 

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Parents as Teachers +

 Parents As Teachers (PAT+) is a nationally recognized parenting program that helps parents or other caregivers build a confident relationship with a new baby. The program stresses family well-being, parent-child interaction and development centered parenting. 

 The PAT+ team is ready with support, referrals and encouragement to help you and your baby thrive. Many of our services are provided by PAT+ parent educators, all with extensive backgrounds working with families. For more information or to make a referral please call (727) 350-5900.

Quit Smoking - We Can Help!
The Tobacco Free Florida Area Health Education Center (AHEC) tobacco cessation program gives people living in Florida support as they seek to break their tobacco addiction.  The group class, called Tools to Quit (TTQ), is a two-hour session led by trained tobacco cessation facilitators who use an evidence-based methodology to guide the group members toward a successful quit attempt.  The Free Tools to Quit class includes follow-up support and teaches coping skills to prevent relapse.   When independently evaluated, TTQ participants showed very high satisfaction rates with the program saying the program was "easy to understand" and "provided helpful tips.?  Group participants will also learn about Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) products that can help during the quitting process, and receive free NRT while supplies last and if medically appropriate.   To register for a FREE tobacco cessation class, please contact Katie Murphy at (813) 929-1000, ext. 208 or email [email protected]    For a list of classes, click here. 
Take the County Survey!
The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill of 2010 impacted the economy of the entire Gulf Coast. As a result of those damages, local governments, including Pinellas County, filed suit against the operator of the oil rig, British Petroleum (BP). In July of 2015, Pinellas County accepted a settlement from BP.
 Pinellas County wants your feedback on how to spend the money they received for the BP settlement.  After attorney's fees and other expenses, the County has $7.1 million available from the settlement. This settlement is a one-time revenue source, after it is expended there will not be any additional money. Click here to take the survey and let your voice be heard!
Tips from the 2016 Caregiver's Conference

 Karen Davis-Pritchett from Empath Health  provided us with some great tips she collected during the Caregiver's Conference on March 19.  As caregivers, we know how much help we can get from those who have walked the same path. Please click here for the tips shared by those who care for loved ones. 

Caregiver's Conference - Many Faces of Caregiving
The 10th Annual Caregiver's Conference was held on Saturday, March 19 at All Children's Education and Conference Center in St. Petersburg.  It was a great morning with wonderful speakers, vendors on hand with lots of resource materials for the caregivers and enthusiastic interaction with the attendees.  A big thank you to Dr. Sandra Grosvenor for being our emcee, Linda O'Keefe Wood, ARNP who was the main speaker, Healthy Start at All Children's for hosting the event and being on hand to help with every detail and to everyone else who pitched in and helped make it a great event! A special thanks to Lolita Dash-Pitts who took pictures and was our scribe during the interactive session.   Check out the photo gallery for more pictures.
Empath and Alzheimer's Association Support Groups
A support group for African American caregivers and family members to socialize, learn about local resources and programs, gain emotional  support and refresh from the day to day responsibilities of caregiving.  These groups are monthly from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm at the Empath Health Office n St. Petersburg, 3050 1st Avenue North. Click here for dates and contact information.
10th Street Church of God - Go Red Sunday


Another great church celebrates Go Red Sunday by bringing heart
disease awareness to women in their congregation. 
10th Street Church of God, you are looking good! 

Unity Temple Celebrates Go Red 2016!

 Thanks for stepping up, Unity Temple, and bringing awareness to Heart Disease in women by celebrating Go Red Sunday! If your church celebrated Go Red Sunday, it's not too late to send us a picture. We will be proud to post it! Women supporting other women is a long tradition in church life. CUFHC is pleased to be an advocate for the Heart Association's campaign of Go Red- we have been doing it for ten years! 

5th Avenue Church of Christ Celebrates Go Red Sunday


5th Avenue Church of Christ Celebrates Go Red Sunday!  They were the first church to send us a picture! Make sure to send yours in, too!
Wow!  What's Up, Doc is a Winner!
We had a great workshop  on Health Literacy at the Child's Park YMCA on January 16th. "What's Up Doc? Health Literacy 101"  was part of our Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Day of Service Project.  Bay Care Faith Community Nursing  staff were our presenters and they did a fabulous job. Big thanks to Dr. Sandra Grosvenor, Mary Hunter and Patti Carr!  We learned so much from you!  Also thank you's to the St. Petersburg Chapter of  National Black Nurses Association, Pinellas Technical College Nursing Students, and Healthy Start at All Children's Hospital. The morning was chock full of good information and practical tips on how to improve health literacy in our community.  
Career Source Pinellas Offers Training Assistance
Training assistance is available for eligible, out-of-school young adults between ages of 16-24.   Primary Eligibility Criteria: An individual who is: Not attending any school: and not younger than 16 or older than age 24 at time of enrollment, and one or more of the following: High school dropout, offender, an individual who is subject to the juvenile or adult justice system, homeless or runaway, an individual who is pregnant or parenting, youth in or aged out of foster care.

Disabled Services include:

  • Tuition assistance
  • Employability skills training
  • Career coaching and guidance
  • Supportive services
  We also provide manufacturing trainings. The next Maintenance and Soldering/Cabling Training classes will start on November 30th . This is a great opportunity for students who recently graduated from high school and are looking to get started in a career or individuals who are working part-time. Contact  [email protected], 727-608-2414.    
Food Assistance Info
Do you know someone who may be in need of food assistance?  Click here for a flyer that gives some information about receiving assistance with food from the Sate of Florida's Office of Self Sufficiency. To learn more about how to actually apply on line, or find a local service center,  go to http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/access-florida-food-medical-assistance-cash.
Kinship Care - Here for You!
  Have you been looking for someone to help a relative caregiver of a child of a parent who is incarcerated or not (Parents can not be primary caregiver). Kinship is there to help. We are a free program in-home program in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Orange Counties.   Does the Grandparent need to have custody?  NO, we will help you if you want  but this is not a requirement.   Do you have to have a Power of Attorney? NO, we can help you if you would like   Can the parents live in the home? We prefer not, but if the parent is not the primary caregiver we will accept on case by case basis. For more info and how to get in touch, click here.
Relay for Life - Sign Up Now
 
Purple. It’s a color that every person touched by cancer shares; it’s found throughout our Relay For Life events. But why stop there? We want you to paint your world purple, creating more awareness for our cause and bringing more people to our events.

Every team, every survivor, and every dollar raised can help us save lives from cancer. We hope you’ll join the Relay movement again this year, and start thinking about the areas of your life that you can paint with the message of hope that is so important to Relay For Life.  That is what painting your world purple is all about, sharing Relay For Life with others. 

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You can start by kicking off the 2016 Relay For Life season strong! We’ve made progress in the fight, but we can’t stop now.

Registration is open for most of our 2016 Relay For Life events. As we start recruiting new supporters for the Relay For Life movement, you can help by recommitting your involvement today. Sign up now for your 2016 Relay For Life event! Show your community what it truly looks like to paint your world purple.
Sunset Market Accepts EBT
The Sunset Market in Largo makes healthy food access a SNAP! This is a great opportunity to get fresh produce. On Friday April 10, 2015  the Sunset Market at Largo Central Park will be accepting food stamp EBT cards (SNAP/EBT) The Sunset Market at Largo Central Park is open the second and fourth Friday of the month between 4:00pm and 8:00PM until the end of May.  It is located at the corner of East Bay Drive and Central Park Drive.  PSTA bus route #52 stops East and West bound on East Bay Drive near Central Park.  ).  For more info, see flyer.
Are You Getting Too Much Salt in Your Diet? 
Most of us are getting too much sodium  from the foods we eat.  Sodium in salt plays a role in high blood pressure. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend that everyone, even children, reduce their sodium intake to less than 2,300 milligrams a day. That’s about the same amount of sodium in one teaspoon of salt. Adults age 51 and older, African Americans of any age and individuals with high blood pressure, diabetes or chronic kidney disease should further reduce sodium intake to 1,500 milligrams a day. Click here for ways to reduce salt in your diet...
A Go Red Story Close to Home- Ruby Hope
Heart disease is not just something we read about that happens to other people.  It happens in our communities to those we care about and love. It happens to busy, successful women. Heart disease touches us in many ways and the better educated we are about why it happens and how it presents itself, the more we can work to prevent it. 

Click here to view Ruby Hope's own personal Go Red  story. Like many women, Ruby's symptoms were not "typical." This is a great personal story and we thank Ruby for sharing it with us all.

Love the Earth! Recycle! 
Recycling is an important part of our planet's health. Please recycle! Pinellas County has put together an informative guide for recycling. Just click here for the directory .

2015 Mobile Collection Events are now scheduled. Click here for schedule. 

Why Not Quit?  2017 May Be Your Year!
Every Jan. 1, people all over the world make New Year's resolutions. If you're one of the nearly 7 out of 10 current U.S. smokers who want to quit, why not get started today? Smoking is still the number-one cause of preventable death and disease in America. Quitting now can cut your risk for diseases caused by smoking and leave you feeling stronger and healthier.

Check out the CDC’s tips and resources to help you go tobacco-free in 2015:

http://www.cdc.gov/features/smokingcessation/

Mammograms and Cervical Screenings at No Cost for Uninsured Women

Early detection is the key to the successful diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer and cervical cancer, but women who have no insurance and are too young for Medicare often cannot afford to get these lifesaving screenings. In Florida, there’s a state resource that can provide these screenings at no cost for those who qualify.
 
Women between the ages of 50 and 64 who cannot afford mammograms and cervical cancer screenings can apply to receive these tests at no cost through the Florida Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (BCCEDP) at the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County.
 
The program provides no-cost breast and cervical cancer screening exams to women in that age group who are low income, uninsured or have insurance that doesn’t cover these screenings.
 
Women may call (727) 824-6917 to see if they qualify for the program. An application can be mailed to you or it may be downloaded from the website. Click here to go to website.
 
Women who qualify will be notified of their first appointment by BCCEDP staff. Program clients can receive screenings at no cost for a full year once they qualify.
 
Women need to have their first cervical cancer screening at the age of 21 regardless of sexual activity. These tests should be repeated every three to five years if results are normal. Breast exams for adult women should be performed by a health-care professional once a year. After the age of 40, a yearly mammogram is recommended.
 
There is a new program component in the program called  Reach and Connect  where we reach out to communities to educate on breast cancer. For more details contact Monique Whitaker at 727-824-6900 ext. 4465.
 
For information about the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County, go to Pinellas.floridahealth.gov.   
Get Ready for College!

St. Petersburg College offers Get Ready for College – Math, Writing and Reading. These self-paced online tutoring programs are aimed at helping incoming students refresh their skills.

 These online programs are aimed at students who have been away from school for a while and recent high school graduates who need to sharpen their skills before starting college.

 The goal is to give potential students the help they need to boost their confidence about starting or returning to college. http://www.spcollege.edu/ready/

Pentecostal Temple COGIC Celebrates Men's Health
Nancy Holcombe sent in this great picture of the Temple's health ministry's bulletin board for June - Men's Health Month. Each tie has health message for men. What a clever way to get the information out!  Nancy speaks to her congregation twice each month about health topics.
Did You Know that Publix has Free Medications?
Publix has free medications, including Amlodipine. You may know how convenient the Publix pharmacy is and how excellent the service is- but did you know they offer free medications as long as your doctor prescribes. These include Amlodpine, select oral antibiotics, Lisinopril and Metformin.  It doesn't matter who your prescription insurance provider is, or how many prescriptions you need filled. There's no limit to the number of refills; there are no forms to fill out. Just drop your qualifying prescription off at your neighborhood Publix Pharmacy and get the generic medication you need—free. Bet you're feeling better already. Click here for more info.
More than 29 million Americans have diabetes; 1 in 4 doesn’t know
People with diabetes often use a blood glucose monitoring device to help them maintain healthy glucose levels.

More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released  by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  One in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it.

Another 86 million adults – more than one in three U.S. adults – have prediabetes, where their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes.  Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 percent to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years. 

“These new numbers are alarming and underscore the need for an increased focus on reducing the burden of diabetes in our country,” said Ann Albright, Ph.D., R.D., director of CDC’s Division of Diabetes Translation.  “Diabetes is costly in both human and economic terms. It’s urgent that we take swift action to effectively treat and prevent this serious disease.”  Read More...

Message From the Office on Women's Health
Do you know how you can boost your appreciation for food? By cooking! Whether you’re a beginner or a more experienced cook, check out our latest guest blog post for tips and resources to help you make well-balanced meals for the whole family.

We want to hear from you! Visit the OWH blog today to discuss this and other women’s health topics. Keep the discussion going by sharing this post with friends, neighbors, family, and coworkers.

Red Hot News!  Go Red in the Kitchen
Can't find the time to go to the gym?  Well, you don't have to.  You can go in your kitchen an have a great workout by using the things that are available-- like a sack of potatoes, a roller pin and some cans. Watch Go Red For Women fitness contributor Andia Winslow demonstrate an easy, at-home workout you can do to help improve your heart health. See video.
Pinellas Schools Continue New Parent Academy Website

The Pinellas County School District has launched Parent Academy Workshops, a series of classes for parents and caregivers focused on promoting academic success, parenting and advocacy and, personal and individual growth. Click here for schedule.
Pinellas County Health Report- More Work Needed
As part of its effort to achieve Public Health Accreditation, the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County  is providing its residents with profiles of obesity and oral health in Pinellas. Other topics exploring the county's health will follow as part of accreditation. The first two areas profiled were selected because obesity and the lack of accessible dental care are priorities in Florida.

Pinellas County's health picture in obesity and dental health suggests that more work is needed to meet the state's goal of becoming the healthiest state in the nation.

For example, 2010 obesity figures show that 41.6 percent of Pinellas adults were overweight and 24 percent were obese. About 28 percent of middle-school students weren't getting enough vigorous physical activity; the figure jumped to 37 percent for those in high school. Among adults, 60 percent did not eat the recommended fruit and vegetable servings and 22.4 percent were sedentary.

 The dental health profile shows a need for more dentists who accept Medicaid. Of the 1,667 licensed dentists in Pinellas, 25 accepted Medicaid. Only 6.7 percent of Medicaid-eligible adults received dental services in 2011. More than 4,800 Pinellas residents resorted to visiting the emergency room for treatment of dental conditions that preventive, regular dental care could have alleviated, but which Medicaid doesn't cover

Free Vision Screenings

The Pinellas County Health Department will host free vision screenings by Prevent Blindness Florida on the first Friday of every month at its St. Petersburg center. Address: 205 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, St. Petersburg. The screenings are held on the second floor. The screenings are for both adults and children and no appointment is necessary.  Time: 9:00am - 12:30 pm.

St. Petersburg's New Health Initiative- Healthy St. Pete!

   When Florida’s 67 counties were ranked using the model developed by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Pinellas County ranked 33rd in Health Outcomes, Quality of Life and Length of Life. It also showed that the leading causes of death in Pinellas County are chronic diseases, including cancer – most prevalently lung cancer – as well as heart disease.
   This data, and the information provided by our own Pinellas County Health Department, verified what many of us already suspected, or even knew: behavioral risk factors such as poor nutrition and limited physical activity affect the health of our community. Income, neighborhood, gender and race also impact access to health care and affect health outcomes.
   These are outcomes that we can change by working together. To visit the Healthy St. Pete website and learn more about what the City and its partners are doing to resolve these issues, click here.

Distinctive Causes of Death By State


National Public Radio (NPR) recently profiled an analysis of mortality records that uncovered the most distinctive cause of death in each state. In Texas, it's tuberculosis. In Maine, the flu. And in Nevada, it's "legal intervention." Click here to find out more.

Latest Obesity Map for United States


The latest CDC map detailing the prevalence of obesity for all U.S. states based on 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data is now available at www.cdc.gov/obesity/data/prevalence-maps.html. Three additional maps demonstrate obesity prevalence by race/ethnicity for each state.

Check Out Our New Link-Drugwatch


Drugwatch.com is a comprehensive resource about dangerous side effects and complications from commonly prescribed drugs and oft-used medical devices. Their mission is to educate people about medications they take and the devices that are in their bodies and then to provide resources to help people evaluate whether they have a legal case because of life-changing side effects or complications. Drugwatch.com is updated constantly with new information about research breakthroughs, clinical trials, recalls and warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). By making you aware of the risks of certain medications and medical devices, Drugwatch gives you a better chance for quality of life and survival. Go to the links page.

Know Someone Who Needs a Mammogram but Can't Afford One?


Many women who are not insured or "under-insured" forgo getting a mammogram due to the cost.  Pinellas County has two programs that are here to help!  Our Women's Heath page offers more information about no cost mammograms and where to get them.  Just click here to go to the Women's Health page and scroll down that page to Mammograms.

Home Visitation Programs in Pinellas


The Home Visiting Advisory Council of the Healthy Start Coalition of Pinellas, Inc. has put together a two page summary sheet of all the home visitation programs in Pinellas. For those of you who work with expectant and new moms in your congregations, this is a very handy resource sheet.  Check it out on our Women's Health page!

Stroke Support Group

Whether you have suffered a stroke or care for someone who has, you are eligible to attend Northside Hospital's Stroke Support Group. The group which is facilitated by a registered nurse, meets the first Tuesday of the month at 6006 49th Street N., St. Petersburg at 3:00 pm. For more information, call toll free 1-888-598-9586.

Issue Brief:Analysis of Obesity Rates By State


Twelve states currently have an adult obesity rate above 30 percent, according to a new analysis released by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The analysis used the state obesity rates released made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Mississippi had the highest rate of obesity at 34.9 percent, while Colorado had the lowest rate at 20.7 percent. Twenty-six of the 30 states with the highest obesity rates are in the Midwest and South. Florida came in at 26.6%.   More

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Check Out the Spirit Filled Walking Plan



Walk in Peace and improve your health with the Spirit Filled 12 Week Walking Plan.
This is a simple plan that you can use in your congregations to get folks moving. 
Click here to go to our "A Healthier You" section to see the plan.

Overwhelmed By Federal Grant Writing Requirements?


Then don't miss our new Links Page addition for aspiring grant writers!  HRSA has put out a technical assistance website to help you write that award winning grant application. Just click here and scroll to the end.

Free Health and Wellness Phamplets

 

Looking for some accurate and helpful health information to give out to your congregation? Go4Life at the National Institute on Aging has some for you....for free. Just click here to go to their website.

Educate Yourself! Don't Fall!


Did you know that falls are the leading cause of injury, death, and disability for Floridians age 65 and over?  As a state that ranks first in the nation in the percentage of its residents who are elders, educating our seniors and their caregivers on how to prevent falls in homes and assisted living and medical facilities is vital to the safety of our population.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that approximately one-third of all Americans age 65 and older will suffer a fall each year. Particularly disturbing is the CDC's estimate of 1,800 annual deaths among nursing home residents from fall-related injuries. The most recent Florida Department of Health data show that in 2009, 1,714 Florida seniors suffered fatal injuries and 42,754 others were hospitalized for nonfatal injuries from falls. Traumatic brain injuries were associated with 46 percent of the fall fatalities, while hip fractures related to 32 percent of deaths from falls.

Since the majority of falls occur within or around a place of residence, you can prevent a fall by providing some simple home modifications. Hallways and entrance ways need to be clear. Certain furniture arrangements are better than others. The telephone should be easily accessible for a fragile adult. Hazardous throw rugs can be removed.  An older or infirm person may benefit from a hand-held shower head, grab bars for the bathtub or better lighting.

Falls are a serious problem for our most vulnerable adults. Becoming educated on how to prevent them is the first step in protecting our seniors.  Click here for good tips on how to prevent falls.

2015-2016 Mini Grants

If you are interested in applying for a CUFHC Mini Grant for 2015-2016, please go to our "In The News" page to downlaod the application.

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Relay for Life


The American Cancer Society had a very successful Relay for Life event on Friday, April 27.   CUFHC churches were represented at the event and Carolyn Swanson, our CUFHC coordinator,  was on the planning committee.  Lots of fun, fundraising, and recognition of survivors and those who have lost their battle took place all night and into Saturday morning.  This was all for a wonderful cause:  to eradicate this terrible disease that has taken and affected the lives of so many of our loved ones.  Bless all of you who participated!
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In The News

Don't forget to check out In The News to find out the upcoming events and latest CUFHC news! 

Upcoming Events

Friday, Oct 6 at 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Monday, Nov 6 at 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Wednesday, Dec 6 at 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday, Jan 6 at 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Look What's New!

HIV/AIDS is a concern to the world and to the African American community. Check out our new HIV/AIDS page to see how you can help spread awareness about this disease that has affected so many lives.

Plan ahead! Check out the link on our Links Page to National Health Observances so you'll know well in advance what each month recognizes for health awareness. 

Check out In The News and Photo Gallery to see the latest events!

First Lady Micehelle Obama has issued a health challenge to all faith based communities! Learn more In the News.

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In the Zone! 

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