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TSD Health Fair bonds and bridges

HealthFair-1Gregory Douglas and Kevin Hopson did not know each other before each took a finger and placed it in the hands of a third "stranger" at The New Tri-State Defender 2012 Health Fair on Saturday (June 16).

The third party was Okoia Uket, a second-year student at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center's College of Pharmacy. She's from Brooklyn, N.Y. Settings such as TSD's Annual Community Health Fair and Fun Day – held this year at Douglass High School in conjunction with the Juneteenth Freedom and Heritage Festival – help her practice in her area of interest and build up on local knowledge.


Healthy Church Challenge signals ‘the beginning of a new beginning’

ChurchChallenge-1Barbara Jackson was shocked and ecstatic after a representative from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee announced that she had won first place and received a $500 gift certificate after losing the most weight during the Healthy Church Challenge 100-day weight loss competition.

The announcement of individual winners and churches that loss the greatest percentage of weight was delivered before hundreds on June 17 at the 19th Annual Juneteenth Freedom & Heritage Festival in historic Douglass Park in the North Memphis community.


Ryan White, local barber shop partner for National HIV Testing Day

The Memphis Ryan White Program and First Impressions Remix, a local barber shop, are teaming up to provide free HIV and syphilis testing.

Ryan White partnered with First Impressions Remix after Memphis Ryan White Program Director Dorcas Young met the owner of First Impressions Remix, Mario Taylor, at an event for testing certification.


Group moves to put Whitehaven at front of get-fit Memphis push

Councilman Harold Collins and the Whitehaven French Riviera Spa are hosting a Whitehaven health and awareness event in which health, fitness and education are the focus. Whitehaven Health and Fitness Day is set for Saturday (June 23) from 8 a.m. until noon.

The parking lot of the Whitehaven Plaza will be transformed into an outdoor fitness center, where there will be spinning, line dancing, Zumba, weight lifting and Yoga classes.


BRIEFS & THINGS: 100 Black Women plan “Sisters’ Keeper” Financial Bootcamp

The National Coalition of 100 Black Women (NCBW), Inc., Memphis Chapter is sponsoring its first "Sisters' Keeper" Financial Bootcamp for African-American women, beginning July 2 at Literacy Mid-South.

The Sisters' Keeper program is a six-week, structured financial bootcamp designed to assist African-American women with establishing and living on a budget, developing good saving and investment practices, and understanding and managing credit and debt.


Sexual health education – is MCS doing enough?

The results of the 2011 Youth Risk Behavior Survey show that Memphis City Schools high school students are more likely to have had sexual experience, more likely to have had intercourse with four or more persons and less likely to have used birth control since the survey was last conducted in 2009.

The survey – released this week – is a national school-based tool developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and conducted by local education and health agencies.


Pastor takes lead in promoting men’s health

orr-600x434Just a simple blood test – prick of the needle, a vial to receive the specimen, and it's over, almost as quickly as it began.

The PSA (prostate-specific antigen) test is generally used to detect prostate cancer in men 50 years of age and older. Early detection can make the difference between surviving the disease and succumbing.

"Men's health is so important because we just don't get checked out like we should," said the Rev. Bartholomew Orr, senior pastor of Brown Missionary Baptist Church in Southaven, Miss.


MCS tech camp prepares students for future

MCS tech camp-600x434by Christian Ross
Special to The New Tri-State Defender

For many people, the term "Web 2.0" might as well be foreign language.

But for hundreds of Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools students who took part in the 2012 Got Tech summer camp, Web 2.0 meant taking a glimpse at future career options.

In its fourth year, Got Tech teaches students to explore the world of technology. Students spent a week creating blogs, podcasting and even tried their hands at video production.


LEGACY: Morgan Abudu Mukarram

MukarramfuneralWell-known and respected local photographer Abudu Mukarram was buried on Monday, June 11, not long after suffering a brain aneurysm from which his body could not recover.

Born Morgan Murrell, he changed his name to reflect his faith in Islam, and was joined in this decision by his wife, Rukiya Jean, who is left to cherish his memory, along with their sons, Diyan Ijaaz and Jibril Riyaad.


Healthy Church Challenge Weekend offers Obesity Summit and Walk at Juneteenth Festival

Chester McClora has lost six inches from around his waist. While he had hoped for more pounds lost, he's satisfied with his progress and hopes to continue his wellness journey.

"When you have a big belly sticking out there, and you're a deacon in the church, it looks bad," said McClora, a retired electrician and member of St. Matthews M.B. Church. "I haven't lost a lot of weight, but I am concerned about my health. I don't want to have a heart attack."

McClora weighed 247 lbs. before he took the "Challenge."


Father of Year honor reflects honoree’s everyday commitment

fatherofyear-600x434Radford Dockery's commitment to children – his own and myriad others – has brought a Father of the Year award his way.

Committed Fathers Alliance (CFA), a non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of father-children relationships, tapped Dockery for the honor, selecting him from numerous nominations from across the United States recognizing worthy fathers for their dedication and commitment to their children and other children in the community.

The recognition is linked to those who nominated him, including his daughter, Raebin.


Tragedy gives way to physical therapy desire

Scholarship-pt600Derrick T. Yates is focused on attaining the skills of a physical therapist. It's no fluke or whim and he's about to take a major step forward.

This fall, the Central High School graduate will start pursuing a physical therapy degree at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He'll be aided by a $1,000 scholarship from the Methodist Healthcare Foundation, which annually supports a Central High School senior who decides to pursue a career in the health field. It's part of the Foundation's adopt-a-school partnership with Memphis City Schools.

The scholarship is linked to an essay competition. Derrick's winning essay described his inspiration to major in physical therapy after witnessing the importance of his god-brother's rehabilitation after a spinal and neck injury.


Historic cancer research effort kicks off at Brown Baptist

cancerReasearch1The American Cancer Society kicked off its community-wide Cancer Prevention Study – 3 (CPS-3) enrollment at Brown Missionary Baptist Church on June 3. It was the first of three enrollments in Memphis, and it maxed out its enrollment capacity at 150 enrollees.

The five-hour enrollment offered to the community and congregation was held in conjunction with three church services that morning and afternoon.