Health and Wellness Program
The Health Committee, under the direction of Dr. Garland Green, provides blood pressure screening every Sunday at Gloryland Baptist Church after the 9:00 AM service. Other programs through the Health Committee includes: (1) weekly exercise classes three days a week; (2) Breast Cancer Awareness Month with one Sunday designated as “Worship In Pink” with display table for distribution of informational literature, Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October with the First Sunday designated with congregation wearing shades of purple to shine the light on domestic violence; and (3) health educational presentation to children attending summer enrichment camp.
Building Healthy Communities is annual event that is held the third Saturday in July each year, has grown each year with attendance well over 500 plus individuals from infants to seniors. The event is held at the Glory Center located at 6745 Greenwell Springs Road, Baton Rouge centrally located in the heart of Baton Rouge. The community in which the Glory Center is located is grossly impoverished and underserved. Residents living within this community have limited access and exposure to healthcare matters due to lack of financial resources. This free event brings exposure and accessibility to the community. The purpose of the event is to promote comprehensive health education and enrollment of health care services for infants to seniors. The day-long event includes various free screenings and tests, LifeShare Blood Drive, Ask The Doctors Lecture Series, Children’s ID Badges and children activities, East Baton Rouge Sheriff Department Dare Program and Fire Department with fire safety truck and demonstrations, dental and vision exams, cancer awareness and over 40 other participating vendors and area hospitals. There is a Ask The Doctor Session in addition to dental health, weight loss, cardiovascular health, women and men health, and others. The health screenings include blood pressure, body mass index, HIV mobile unit, diabetes, stroke warnings, cholesterol and others. All attendees benefit both mentally and physically. There is also the Healthy Truck Round Up in conjunction with the Mayor’s Healthy Initiative Program, which has included OLOL Children’s Mobile Health Unit, BREC on the GEAUX, Mary Bird Perkins Mobile Education Unit, LifeShare, DARE Van, Metro Health Bus and Betty’s Hope.
The health fair is advertised through flyers distributed in the neighborhoods, television appearances, Mayor’s Healthy Initiatives Baton Rouge website, radio announcements, newspaper articles in various newspapers, emails, Face book and website. In addition, special invitations are sent to area summer youth camps and churches to advertise the event. The event begin with an early morning walk for all ages to promote exercising. Door prizes are given throughout the Ask The Doctor Session, including blood pressure monitors. Outdoor activities are provided for the children by BREC on the GEAUX.
In addition to their set-up, each vendor is asked to provide water and/or health snacks to pass out to the attendees. A complimentary continental breakfast is provided for the vendors and volunteers. Volunteers who work the event are given a t-shirt entitled “Ask Me” for assisting individuals to various stations. Free serving size bowls of jambalaya are given for lunch for everyone in attendance.