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Diasporia News of Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Source: Francis Boanoh

Health and Wellness Day at Ebenezer Assembly of God

Guest Writer, The Christian Journal - On Sunday, April 12, Ebenezer Assembly of God church, located in the University Heights section of the Bronx, celebrated its first Health & Wellness Ministry Day. To commemorate the occasion, men from the newly-formed ministry wore beautifully-designed green polo shirts over their formal pants, while the women wore theirs Ghanaian traditional attire.
The department is the brainchild of Senior Pastor Benjamin Boakye, who wanted to bridge the gap between spiritual and health awareness in the church, the African community and beyond. Rev. Boakye saw the need for his members to be fed spiritually as well as physically, and mobilized all the healthcare professionals in the church to help educate the congregation on how to live a healthy lifestyle and make better choices.
Mr. Eric Asiedu, a pharmacist and the President of Ebenezer's Health & Wellness ministry reiterated on the amount of time and energy we spend in our bid to acquire wealth and in the end spending the latter on the treatment of all forms of health issues.
The ministry invited special guests to speak at the event including Dr. Stephen Asiedu, the medical director at Oman Clinic in the Bronx, Philip Lynn, the head of Creating Healthy Cultures program at Bronx Lebanon hospital, and Imam Mohammed, an educator at the Bronx Lebanon Diaspora Center. The Imam specifically works with Africans in the diaspora, who have no medical insurance, and is always available to assist those who may need care and guidance to the appropriate resources.
Ebenezer's Health & Wellness team, which consists of pharmacists, doctors, nurses, technicians and other healthcare professionals in the Tri-state area, partnered with Bronx Lebanon Health Center, will undergo specialized training to learn how to best disseminate the message of health and wellness to the African community at large.
The team has a busy summer ahead, with plans to host health fairs, seminars, blood pressure screenings and walkathons.