Health tour comes to Suffolk

Published 8:30 pm Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Nansemond-Suffolk NAACP is doing its part to help make Suffolk a healthier community.

On Saturday, it will host at Tabernacle Church their Community-Wide Health Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

“We want to bring health awareness to the community,” said Charles Gates, president of the local NAACP chapter. “Because of the lifestyle people are living now days, you may live longer, but if you spend the last 10-20 years not enjoying the good quality of life, it’s not the kind of life you want to lead.”

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The NAACP will host more than 25 health care professionals and provide blood pressure screenings, healthy cooking tips, free HIV testing and a free seminar “For Women Only.”

Keynote speaker, Anthony Cudjo is a certified personal master trainer certified in nutrition, a former competitive fighter, a power lifter, a bodybuilder and national champion. He will teach women exercise techniques and medical and food education.

The seminar will last from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., and registration is encouraged.

“We can only seat 100, so we need to know how many people are coming,” Gates said.

For video game enthusiasts, there may also be a Wii presentation.

“I think video games promote a sedentary lifestyle, but the Wii forces you to be interactive as you play the game,” Gates said. “We want to share that with the community.”

Gates will also help lead a “Let’s Get Real” presentation, which focuses on fitness for all ages, from 8 to 80.

“It’s to show the benefits of moderate exercise and to show just how easy and fun it can be,” Gates said. “Do not come in a suit and tie — come in your sneakers, because we’re going to have a lot of fun.”