St. John The Baptist Parish News Release

New Wine Christian Fellowship Hosts 1st Annual Health Fair

New Wine Christian Fellowship Hosts 1st Annual Health Fair

Thursday, August 23, 2012

ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH – In an effort to encourage St. John the Baptist Parish residents to embrace healthier lifestyles, New Wine Christian Fellowship Church is sponsoring two events with a health focus.  On Saturday, August 25, a 5k run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Highway 51 Park in LaPlace. On Sunday, August 26, a free Health Fair will be held from noon to 3:00 p.m. at the church gym located at 1929 West Airline Highway in LaPlace. Participants can register for the 5k run/walk from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. the morning of the event. The fee is $10 for ages 7 and over which includes a t-shirt and entrance into the food area. There is no charge for children 6 years old and younger.

“Louisiana is ranked 49th on the United Health Foundation's list of healthiest states,” said New Wine Pastor Neil Bernard. “It is our desire to encourage the citizens of St. John to begin exercising and eating right.”

The health fair will host numerous local agencies such as River Parishes Hospital, Correct Health Services, MD2U Medical Care, The Medical Center of Louisiana, St. John Health & Human Services, NOAIDS Task Force and Gem Drugs to provide health information and consultations regarding prescriptions, vitamins and possible interactions.  Free health screenings for blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol, vision, weight/body mass index, and HIV will be available. Residents can also obtain important information on heart failure, diabetes, mental health, hypertension and high cholesterol.

Cash door prizes, as well as health and fitness items and refreshments will be available. “Illnesses in our area could possibly be eliminated if we adopt healthier lifestyles of eating right, exercising and resting properly,” said Pastor Neil Bernard.

The community health events correspond with a New Wine Church initiative titled “50 days to a Healthier You”. The congregation began this initiative on July 15th and it will end on September 2nd.

For more information, please call 985-653-0008 or send an email to New Wine Christian Fellowship Church is located at 1921 W. Airline Hwy in LaPlace.