“Journey to Health”

Monday, June 2, 2008


An upcoming SC State conference will engage local African American churches in an initiative focused on the elimination of the metabolic syndrome – high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity. The conference will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2008 at the Smith-Hammond Middleton Memorial Center on the campus of South Carolina State University. Registration begins at 8:30 AM.

South Carolina State’s Project EXPORT implemented the President’s Health Initiative over two years ago to empower university faculty, staff, and students to make healthy lifestyle changes. Project EXPORT is a Center of Excellence designed to eliminate health disparities, particularly high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high cholesterol and obesity (H3O) in communities statewide by building sustainable collaborative partnerships. “A Journey to Health” is the initial launching of the project’s outreach efforts to educate and train the African American faith based community about the metabolic syndrome,” says project executive director Dr. Judith Salley Guydon. “Currently, 40% of African Americans in the state are hypertensive, 61% of the state’s population is obese and SC ranks ninth in the nation for diabetes. We are excited to share best practices from the President’s Health Initiative with local churches and communities to combat the metabolic syndrome.”

Guest presenters will include the dynamic diabetes educator and registered dietician, Jeannette Jordan and the founder of Fit For A King Ministries, Major Thomas Hundley. South Carolina State University faculty, staff and students will also conduct sessions.

Additional conference events, include a one act dramatization on the metabolic syndrome, spirit filled fitness sessions, a mock grocery store, health screenings including, blood pressure, blood sugar, blood cholesterol, weight and body fat percentage and a nutritious meal prepared from the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stopping Hypertension) menu. Each organization will receive a “Journey to Health” start-up kit. Conference participants will learn how to incorporate innovative, sustainable, health, nutrition and fitness activities into existing church ministries.

For information, registration and fees, call the Project EXPORT office at 803 533-3659.

The EXPORT Center of Excellence on Minority Health is a collaborative partnership between SC State and the Medical University of South Carolina funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. Visit the EXPORT Center online at http://export.scsu.edu.