AAHP Data Summit: Making Strides Towards 2030

 

The African American Health Program (AAHP) invites you to an evening of conversation as we undertake strides towards a healthier future by 2030.  Guests will present a wealth of information highlighting the disposition of black health in Montgomery County. Please join us!

Monday, September 24th  — 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Silver Spring Civic Center, Great Hall

1 Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring, MD 20910

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3rd Annual AAHP Community Day

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AAHP Community Day 2016 is free and open to all, young and old (men, women, youth, children, and families). Attendees will experience the “Taste of Nutrition,” energizing group fitness activities, and screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, prostate cancer, carbon monoxide, waist circumference, body mass index, HIV, and others. It will be a fun and festive day.

 

Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett will serve as the honorary chairman of the African American Health Program (AAHP) Community Day 2016, which will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring. In honor of National Minority Health Month, the AAHP and its partner organizations are pleased to announce the 3rd Annual AAHP Community Day.

“AAHP and our partners are really excited about the continuation of this great event” said AAHP Executive Committee Chair, Pat Grant. “Through this event we hope to impact hundreds of lives and arm them with the knowledge they need to live healthier lifestyles.”

In addition, this year, AAHP Community Day will host and serve as the official Maryland location for the National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative, which aims to emphasize the importance of health education, prevention and awareness for African American males. Those interested in attending the AAHP Community Day 2016 and National African American Male Wellness Walk Initiative (5K Walk/Run) can register by visiting: http://aahp2016communityday.eventbrite.com/.

The 2016 Community Day event is a collaborative effort organized by the Executive Committee of the African American Health Program and the following partners: Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services; Fit Fathers, Montgomery County Office of Human Rights; Asbury Communities Inc.; Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Montgomery County Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.; Xi Sigma Omega Chapter, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Eta Pi Zeta Chapter of Montgomery County; Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., Zeta Chi Sigma Chapter; Montgomery County, MD Section, NCNW; Gentlemen of Quality, Inc.

About AAHP

Funded in 1999 by the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), AAHP was created by community stakeholders and a core group of DHHS staff who recognized the need to address health disparities disproportionately affecting African Americans in the County. The mission of AAHP is to eliminate health disparities and improve the number and quality of years of life for African Americans and people of African descent in Montgomery County.

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2nd Annual “Fit Fathers Day” Whips DMV Dads & Families into Shape

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Words & Photos by Adrian McQueen; Additional Photos by Henri Fisher & Leon Brittain

Group exercise routines, dancing, Double Dutch teams, fitness contests, smiles and laughter accurately depicts what took place at the 2nd Annual Fit Fathers Day (FFD) celebration. Typical Father’s Day ideas consist of brunches or cookouts so the Fit Fathers team decided to shake things up a bit. We brought the celebration back to Veterans Plaza in Downtown Silver Spring, MD from 10 am to Noon, still leaving time for families to go along with their regularly scheduled plans. Fit Fathers, DaddysCool.com and Powerful Beyond Measure came together to show fathers the importance of being health conscious and leading by example through positive, nutritional choices. The Fit Fathers Foundation believes health, fitness and nutrition can help fathers live longer and challenges all dads to eat clean, stay active and continuously energize their lives!

2nd_Annual_Fit_Fathers_Day...143An energetic Social Workout was led by Fit Fathers’ founder Kimatni Rawlins, celebrity trainer Michael Bance and 12-year-old fitness guru Jodi Evans, while DJ Blinks mixed sounds behind a stellar Bose audio system to keep everyone entertained. A special 80s and 90s mix was put together for our Terminator Genisys movie workout. Movie posters, premiere tickets and t-shirts were given to the FFD attendees. Fitness contests, family workouts and activities, an inflatable obstacle course, healthy snacks, health screenings, gift bags and demonstrations gave this Father’s Day event something for everyone. Another highlight was the timed fitness course that crowned James Swink Mr. Fit Father 2015. He won four Yokohama tires as the grand prize.

FFD is possible due to Mazda, Volkswagen, Children’s National, Wegmans, The Washington Auto Show, DC Capital Striders and City Sports. The event also highlighted the amazing work of our community and media partners including: African American Health Program, Street Wize Foundation,  National Black Child Development Institute, LoveLife Foundation, 14th Legislative District (Montgomery County), Action for Healthy Kids, Aspire Sports Drink, Automotive Rhythms, Bance Fitness, Creative Edge PR, African American Health Program, Embrace Kids, Fathers Incorporated, Fit For Life, Greenbelt S.I.T.Y. Stars, Healthyblackmen.org, Kids Being Fit, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (Dr. Neal Barnard), Men’s Health Network, Mocha Moms, Kids Being Fit, Shoe City, SOULCYCLE, Strive 2 Tri, The Boot Camp Girl, Throttle Life, Vegan Pro, Meatless Monday, Montgomery County, MD Dept. of Police, Center for Nutrition Studies and Washington Sports Club.

Also, NFL players Jason McCourty of the Tennessee Titans and Adrian Coxson of the Green Bay Packers, who attended the celebration, served as Fit Fathers’ National Ambassadors for the momentous occasion.

2nd_Annual_Fit_Fathers_Day...126We thanked attendees for supporting our cause with prizes and giveaways courtesy of Aspire Beverages Baltimore, City Sports, SOULCYCLE, Bose Audio, Under Armor, Shoe City and Mothers car care. Through social media and the use of the hashtag #FitFathersDay appearing across multiple newsfeeds, there is already an air of anticipation for Fit Fathers Day 2016. We greatly appreciate our sponsors and partners who recognized the vision and helped bring FFD to fruition. A very special thank you is in order for all the patrons and volunteers who attended and participated.

Although Fit Fathers Day is a special occasion to recognize Dads during their time of celebration, our mission is to also become active with, Moms, kids and families throughout the year. Stay tuned for more Fit Fathers events as we move forward to engage with different  communities around the country. Enjoy the photo gallery.