JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - St. Bernards' Leading and Emerging African-American Professionals group held their first-ever event Saturday afternoon, with officials saying they hope to educate and promote healthy living.
LEAAP is St. Bernards' first ever affinity group, and their goal is to educate the African-American community in Northeast Arkansas on health and wellness.
Since February is American Heart Month, LEAAP chose heart health as their first program in the series, hoping to teach community members how to spot and prevent possible heart health issues.
“Through our screenings we’re offering, EKG’s, cooking, fitness demonstrations that they’re able to just walk away with a little bit more knowledge in those areas,” said Employee Relations manager at St. Bernards Kinyata Gray.
The group offered health screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness tips and more free of charge offerings in an effort to promote heart health education.
“So many people, they may not want to go to their doctors or to hospitals,” said Education Director and Nurse Recruiter Pacelia Aboagye, “This is a very laid back atmosphere, they can come with their families and it gives them just those key things that they may have been afraid to find out a little bit earlier.”
LEAAP also offered a way to follow up with a doctor on the things they found out Saturday.
The event Feb. 2 is also the first program in the Staying Alive Series.
The series plans to offer programs on mental health, diabetes, healthy lifestyle and more throughout the year.
You can find out more about LEAAP here.