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Bethlehem, Pa., April 3, 2007—The Lehigh Valley Black Women’s Health Initiative will hold the 5th Annual Symposium on Black Women’s Health on Friday, April 13 and Saturday April 14, 2007. The Symposium will feature a kick-off event “Put on Your Red Dress and Dancing Shoes” on Friday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. at the Banana Factory, 25 W. 3rd Street, Bethlehem. This event is sponsored by the American Heart Association —Power to End Stroke Program and will feature an evening devoted to relieving stress through dance, music, and laughter. Gloria Kincade, certified aerobic instructor and choreographer, from Soulline Productions will teach aerobic line dances to “old school” R&B. The Friday evening event is free and open to mature adults only.
On Saturday, April 14, beginning with 8:00 a.m. registration, a symposium will be held at St. Peter’s Evangelical Church, 474 Vine Street, Bethlehem. The symposium workshop topics will include: Depression, Anger Management, Stroke, Obesity, Healthy Eating and Exercise. Participants will gain valuable information about the prevention of disease related to stress/anger/obesity/unhealthy nutrition and poor physical exercise habits. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to learn how to improve their cardiovascular health and practice physical exercises that may be done anywhere. The registration fee ($20) includes a continental breakfast and lunch. There will be an opportunity to browse and visit health care vendors until the 1:30 p.m. closing reflections.
Michelle DeLeaver Balamani and Priscilla Flowers are the guest speakers for the 9:00 a.m. program. Balamani, an ordained elder in the African American Episcopal Church and licensed psychotherapist, is the founding director of Baraka Pastoral Counseling Center in Largo, Maryland, and Dancing on Our Graves Institute for Life Enrichment. Dr. Balamani earned a B.S. degree in nursing, a master’s in counseling psychology, and a master’s of divinity and doctorate in pastoral care and counseling with a focus on developing models of care for women of color. In addition, Balamani is the author of “Dancing on Graves: Healing the Hearts and Souls of Women” and is currently working on her second book “Sheba’s Song: Melodies From the Heart of a Women Who Has Been Loved Right.” Balamani is a popular speaker and workshop facilitator. She has dedicated her life to helping to bring holistic healing to the world community, and motivating others to join her in this effort.
At 11:00 a.m., speaker Priscilla Flowers will conduct a healthy eating workshop. She has extensive experience in diabetes education and nutrition, and is a certified diabetes educator and licensed registered nurse. Flowers is a graduate of East Stroudsburg University and is completing her MS in Human Nutrition and DPD at Drexel University. In addition, she has a diversified background in patient care, program development, and research. Her mission is “to help people live healthier and happier lives.”
The Lehigh Black Women’s Health Initiative is comprised of a coalition of non-profit health organizations and community groups. The goal of the coalition is to provide a culturally sensitive forum that raises the awareness and understanding of the prevention, early detection, and treatment of health issues such as cancer, heart disease, obesity, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and mind/body/spirit wellness.
The Symposium is coordinated by Sharon A. Brown, Office of Institutional Diversity at Moravian College and Shelba Scheffner, Eastcentral Area Health Education Center. The Symposium is open to the public. For further information or to register for the Symposium please call 610 625-7847.
Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.