The city of Memphis is comprised of 650,000 residents, one third of which are obese, which puts them at risk for chronic diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers, according to the Gallop Well-Being Index.
These statistics helped birth the Healthy Church Challenge 100-day weight loss competition, which will culminate in an Obesity Summit on Saturday, June 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Breath of Life Christian Center, 3795 Frayser Raleigh Rd. The summit is free and open to the public.
The Obesity Summit is designed to educate participants, disseminate health information and encourage participants to eat better, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle.
The Walgreens at Madison and Main downtown will have some unusual visitors at noon on Friday (May 17) – 53 years after a sit-in there at the lunch counter.
Five students – Grace Austin, Parolee Holt, John Hooks, Willie Tom Miles and Stewart Truly – were arrested there that day in 1960. Only two – Austin (now Grace Austin Meacham) and John Hooks are still alive.
Meacham and some others involved in the sit-ins that pulsed through Memphis that year – beginning with the first on March 18, 1960 at McLellan's 5 and 10 cents store on Main Street – plan to revisit the Walgreens site.
Members of the NAACP Youth Council held their 22th 5K Fund Run/Walk May 4 in Audubon Park amid 40-degree temperature. The 5K Fund Run/Walk was open to participants of all ages.
The theme of the 5K Fund Run/Walk was "Run for Freedom," which commemorated the Brown V. Topeka, Kansas Board of Education 1954 Supreme Court decision outlawing segregation in public education.
The annual event encourages healthy eating habits and exercising to prevent the onset of major health problems such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity. Participants tested their skills and endurance to gain a competitive edge.
From one corner of the city to the other, the biggest question seems to be, "Who is the Mole?" Scandal fans (commonly known as GLADIATORS) are waiting with baited breath to find out who the "mole" is. Not since, "Who shot J.R. [Ewing] on the 1980's hit series Dallas has there been a more poignant question with regard to a TV series!
Well, Gladiators, wait no longer ... The answer will soon be revealed! Here in Memphis, there will be a "Scandal" Season Finale Watch Party on Thursday, May 16th, 7:30 - 10:30 pm at Memories Banquet Hall -- 6749 Winchester Rd. The watch party will be hosted by 103.5's Myron Mays (TSD's What's Happening, Myron? columnist). Go to http://scandalfinale.eventbrite.com for more details.
Who is Cory Booker?
A graduate of Stanford University, Yale Law School and a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, Booker – the mayor of Newark, N.J. – is obviously a brilliant guy.
He is also committed and passionate on the issues and to the betterment of people, living on the equivalent of a food stamp budget to raise awareness for the insecurities that low income families face, shoveling snow from the driveways of constituents, and allowing Hurricane Sandy victims into his home following the devasting impact of the floods in New Jersey.
In honor of Mother's Day and in collaboration with "The Loretta McNary Show," The New Tri-State Defender is showcasing the fifth annual Who's the Best Mom in the World? essay contest.
The TSD is featuring the winning essays and the moms they highlight as a reflection of the importance of mothers in our community.
(Nominated by the Ross family.)
It is a question that can be best answered by her children...who know their Mom is their greatest protector, the wisest of counselors, and affirmative disciplinarian who will continually love and pray for them, through ALL THINGS and IN EVERY SEASON.
The Shelby County Health Department has received confirmation of mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus within the areas of Memphis (zip codes 38116, 38122, 38127), Bartlett (zip code 38133), Germantown (zip code 38125), Collierville (zip code 38017), and unincorporated Shelby County (zip code 38141).
This is the earliest occurrence of positive WNV pools on record in addition to the most positive pools present this early in Shelby County.
Since the middle of April, the Health Department's Vector Control Program has applied Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-approved larvicides to bodies of water known to produce mosquitoes as part of its proactive effort to decrease the number of mosquitoes. Larviciding is the most effective method of reducing mosquito populations and will continue throughout the summer.