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Lawson State Wellness Day and Cancer Strout


3060 Wilson Road
Birmingham, AL 35221

Contact: Geri Albright
Director of Public Relations
(205) 929-6315

Lawson State Wellness Day and Cancer Strout

OCTOBER 2008 - West Birmingham and Lawson State communities alike were delighted by the Lawson State Community College Wellness Day and Cancer Strut at the Arthur Shores Fine Arts Building and throughout the Birmingham West Campus on October 15, 2008. The event was open to the public and offered the chance to have free health screenings and learn lots of healthy options for daily living. Participants enjoyed the “Cancer Strut” coordinated by Ms. Shelia Tyson and the Friends of West End organization. The event was a collaborative effort made by Lawson State, The UAB Minority Health and Research Center, Racial and Ethical Approaches to Community Health Across the U.S (REACH U.S.) Be Fit Be Well and Friends of West End.

The day began with cancer survivors strutting around the Lawson State Birmingham Campus in a parade accompanied by the Wenonah High School drum line and the Lawson State Ambassadors. The parade was led by Magical Moments Carriage Company’s Clint Carlisle’s and his Clydesdale horse and carriage. “The Cancer Strut was unbelievable! I’ve never been a part of anything like it,” says Amber McCollum, Lawson State Ambassador. The name “Cancer Strut” comes from the vision of Shelia Tyson who says that cancer survivors don’t walk – they strut.

The educational festivities continued in the Arthur Shores Fine Arts building. Screenings included visual, dental, blood pressure, diabetes, sickle cell, AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. There was also information on tobacco and smoking prevention as well as Pilates “boot camp” and nutrition tables offerings all types of snacks and beverages that promote good health. There were representatives from local hospitals and medical institutions as well as Lawson State’s School of Health Professions. “I had the most fun playing Dance Dance Revolution during Dr. Thomas’ boot camp,” said Tina Nuspl a member of the community.

Some attending participants included: Jefferson County Public Health Department, West Princeton Dental Clinic, Sickle Cell Disease Association of America-Central Alabama, Lawson State School of Nursing, UAB Nutrition Update—Eat Right Program, UAB Dental ~ Healthy Start, Pamper Me With Love, Wal-Mart Vision Center, UAB Vaccine Research Clinic, Chi Eta Phi Sorority Inc., American Red Cross, American Heart Association, American Cancer Association, Town and Country Spinal Pain Center, American Diabetes Association, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Riviera Fitness Center (Fairfield), Birmingham Fitness Center and Project H.E.L.P.

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