Members of both Walker Memorial Baptist and Thessalonia Baptist Church participated in the fashion show.
On Saturday, March 12, Walker Memorial Baptist Church and Thessalonia Baptist Church, both long time members of the Bronx Health REACH Faith-based Outreach Initiative, in partnership with the American Heart Association held a Heart and Health Awareness brunch to spotlight the issue of women and heart disease. This year's event had more than one hundred people in attendance to hear two speakers and view a fashion show, raising over $1,000 for the American Heart Association.
Bronx Health REACH's Charmaine Ruddock gave a presentation about #Not 62-The Campaign for A Healthy Bronx, and what needs to be done to improve the ranking of the Bronx. Paula Rice, volunteer with the American Heart Association shared her 'heart stopping' experience with cardio vascular disease. Ms. Rice had suffered a heart attack three years ago at the age of sixty. After Ms. Rice spoke another woman shared her experience of recovering from a stroke she had suffered a few years ago.
Gada Dickerson from Thessalonia Baptist Church spoke about how even though heart disease affects both men and women, a woman having a heart attack symptoms may not be so obvious and may differ from those of men. Gada also spoke about the importance of exercising every day, even doing something as simple as walking. The American Heart Association recommends 10,000 steps per day which one can track of by wearing a pedometer.
A special feature of the day was the on site health screenings and distribution of health literature by Lincoln Hospital. Joyce Davis, Head of the Deacon Board of Walker Memorial Baptist Church served as the master of ceremonies. The fashion show featured members of both Walker Memorial Baptist Church and Thessalonia Baptist Church.
Pictured from left to right are Bronx Health REACH's Charmaine Ruddock; Paula Rice, volunteer with the American Heart Association; and Joyce Davis, Head of the Deacon Board of Walker Memorial Baptist Church.