ELMIRA, NY (February 8, 2012) St. Paul’s Anglican Church, in partnership with Arnot Health, will host a free community health event known as Heart & Soul Saturday on February 18, 2012 from 9 a.m. till noon. This event which recognizes February as National Heart Month is designed to provide basic health screenings, promote resources and offer information to those living in the Southern Tier.
The health fair, which is free and open to the public, will take place at the joint location of St. Paul’s Anglican Church and Elmira Foursquare Church in Elmira Heights. Various community resources will be providing education, including one the event’s major partners, Arnot Health Heart & Vascular Institute, as well as free screenings of blood pressure, body mass index, bone density, and blood glucose by Arnot Health Community Outreach department and St. Joseph’s Hospital Wellness department. There will also be a free loaf of bread to the first one hundred families who attend.
Additional community contributors include RSVP of Chemung County, Corning Community College Christian Club, Twin Tier Prayer Shawl Ministry, Southern Tier Hospice and Palliative Care and The Food Bank of the Southern Tier.
WHAT: Heart & Soul Saturday
WHERE: 106 West 14th Street, Elmira Heights, NY
WHEN: Saturday, February 18, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This event will kick-off the Healthy Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE) and Facilitating Aid In Troubled Hearts (FAITH) initiative. By coordinating efforts with other faith-based organizations and community partners, the HOPE & FAITH initiative will seek to compassionately support emotional, spiritual and physical needs of others through wellness screenings, family oriented activities, mentoring, and education on topics such as chronic conditions, career and life skills, finances, and nutrition.
According to the Chemung Valley & Steuben Rural Health Network's Community Assessment, more than 30% of the population of Chemung County and 15% of Steuben County is below poverty level. In addition, a report released by the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation showed Southern Tier counties rank in the bottom half of the state's 62 counties for overall health with Steuben County coming in at 52nd and Chemung County 59th. These staggering statistics give us just a glimpse of why this initiative is so important to the Southern Tier.
About St. Paul’s Anglican Church
St. Paul's Anglican Church is a congregation under the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) and a member of the worldwide Anglican Communion under the umbrella of the Convocation of Anglicans in North American (CANA). Located in Elmira, NY, St. Paul's Anglican Church is a "Mission Driven, Bible Believing" group with a love of Jesus in our hearts and a desire to serve all of God’s people. To learn more, visit www.st-pauls-anglican.org or call 607-481-4091.
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