‘Fat City’ Distinction a Good Reason to Attend the June 1 Obesity Summit

Free Event Features Fitness Expert Donna Richardson, Health Screenings, Workout Sessions, Door Prizes and Give-a-ways

(MEMPHIS, TENN – May 9, 2013) A total of 650,000 area residents call themselves Memphians. Of that number, one third 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 precipitate the launch of the Healthy Church Challenge 100-day weight loss competition, which will culminate in an Obesity Summit on Saturday, June 1, at Breath of Life Christian Center, 3795 Frayser Raleigh Rd., in the Raleigh community.
The Summit is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Presented by BlueCross® BlueShield® of Tennessee, the purpose of the Summit is to educate participants, disseminate health information and encourage participants to eat a well-balanced diet, exercise and live a healthy lifestyle both spiritually and physically.
“In light of Memphis’ dubious distinction as a fat city, we hope those who are grappling with weight issues take advantage of the Obesity Summit and the presentations from some of our leading health experts,” said Calvin Anderson, senior vice president and chief of staff at BlueCross.

Donna Richardson, an internationally renowned fitness expert, will serve again as this year’s Summit keynote speaker. For more than 25 years, Richardson has educated, empowered, energized and encouraged men, women and children to live healthier lifestyles by incorporating good nutrition and daily physical activity to improve overall wellness. She has lectured and conducted seminars in more than 40 countries, and starred in more than 25 award-winning videos, including “Body Gospel” and “Sweating in the Spirit.”
Other speakers and workshop presenters include Rev. Kenneth S. Robinson, M.D., pastor of St. Andrew AME Church and the public health policy advisor for Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, certified trainer Yusuf Boyd of BIOMechaniks of Germantown, and Chef Timothy Moore, a personal plant-based chef and wellness coach.

Dr. Robinson’s career as a minister, physician, educator and chief health officer includes serving as the former commissioner of the Department of Health for the State of Tennessee. He has been an integral part of policy decisions regarding the health of residents in the city and state.

For participants who want to get a good workout in, plan to get moving with Boyd, who is known for motivating and challenging participants to stretch and bend during light weight exercises. The purpose: to improve muscle tone to achieve the ultimate in health and wellness.

Chef Moore writes a weekly health column in the Tri-State Defender on topics such as obesity, diabetes and cancer, and encourages healthy eating habits, daily exercise and a lifestyle change. He will demonstrate simple ways to cook quick, tasty, healthy and affordable meals minus fattening oils and dairy products.

The winners of the 100-day weight loss challenge will also be announced during the Summit. Monetary gift certificates will be awarded to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-place churches whose teams lose the greatest percentage of weight. There will be three individual awards as well, including a $500 gift certificate to the person who loses the greatest amount of weight overall.

There will be presentations as well by the clinical staff at The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, various healthcare screenings, vendors, door prizes and giveaways. Bring your sneakers and get moving with exercise workshops.

Along with BlueCross, the Challenge is sponsored by The Regional Medical Center at Memphis, Hallelujah 95.7 FM, The New Tri-State Defender, Biomechaniks, News Channel 3 and the City of Memphis.

For more information on the Obesity Summit, call 901.278.0881 or visit Facebook.com/The Healthy Church Challenge.

Rural/Metro Scholarship Program for Minority High School Seniors Who Want to Become an EMT or Paramedic, Deadline is May 8th

There is a national shortage of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) and Paramedics and an even greater shortage of minorities who choose Emergency Medical Services (EMS) as a profession. This is a statistic that Rural/Metro Ambulance wants to change.

For the last six years, Rural/Metro has offered a scholarship program for minority high school seniors in the state of Tennessee who are interested in furthering their education to become an EMT or paramedic.
Students who receive a scholarship will attend an EMT school in Shelby County. After completing the two-year program, successful students will then be ready to take the national test to receive their EMT license.

“This is a great opportunity for minority high school seniors who are interested in a field where they have an opportunity to help others and make a difference in someone’s life,” said Nikki Gast, Rural/Metro’s market general manager.

Students who want to apply for the EMT/Paramedic Scholarship must submit an essay of 500 words or less answering this question: Why I want to enter the field of Emergency Medical Services?
The essay must include the student’s name, phone number, address, school, and reference letter and mailed to the following address: Rural/Metro Ambulance, ATTN: Scholarship Panel, 100 Crescent Drive, Collierville, Tenn. 38107. The information also can be emailed to nikki.gast@rmetro.com.

The deadline to submit an essay is May 8, 2013.

Students will be judged on dedication, communication and a desire to become an EMT or paramedic. Finalists will be interviewed by a panel of local EMS professionals, hospital leaders, and local community advocates.

“Working as an EMT or paramedic is more than responding to 911 calls and moving a patient from one place to another. It’s about helping others as well during non-emergency runs,” Gast said.
About Rural Metro
Rural Metro Ambulance is proud to be the 911 emergency provider for the unincorporated areas of Shelby County, as well as Arlington, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington. Rural Metro Ambulance provides emergency service in 21 states and has more than 9,000 employees. For more information about Rural Metro, visit www.ruralmetro.com.

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis Receives Prestigious Tenet Circle of Excellence Award

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is proud to announce that it has received Tenet’s 2013 Circle of Excellence Award. Saint Francis is one of nine Tenet hospitals recognized for superior achievement in the areas of quality care, service excellence and operational performance.

“The staff and physicians at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis are being honored with a Circle of Excellence Award for demonstrating an outstanding commitment to their patients, community and hospital during 2012,” said Britt T. Reynolds, Tenet’s president of hospital operations. “I am proud to recognize them with this prestigious award as it recognizes Saint Francis as a preferred hospital for patients to receive care, for physicians to practice medicine and for employees to work.”

“Saint Francis has an impressive history of serving the citizens of the greater Memphis community with high quality medical care and compassion,” states Saint Francis CEO Dave Archer. “This year, the hospital has received recognition from The Joint Commission, the American Heart Association, Memphis Business Group on Health and managed care organizations for quality, patient safety and clinical excellence. This honor is a testimony to the hard work and dedication of our nurses, doctors and staff.”

Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis is a 519-bed full service hospital. It has been recognized for excellence of care by United Healthcare, CIGNA, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Aetna. In 2012, the American Heart Association presented the Gold Performance Achievement Award to Saint Francis for Heart Failure and Cardiovascular Disease in their “Get With The Guidelines” program. Offering a wide array of medical services, Saint Francis is noted for its many Centers of Excellence, including its Center for Surgical Weight Loss, Sleep Center, Chest Pain Emergency Center, Heart & Vascular Center, Surgical Services, Diabetes Center, and Breast Center. The hospital received The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval™ as a Certified Hip and Knee Replacement Program, as well as The Joint Commission Advanced Certification as a Primary Stroke Center.

Saint Francis Hospital serves as an academic training site for University of Tennessee Surgical, Family Practice, and Psychiatric Residents. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency. To learn more about Saint Francis Hospital, visit www.SaintFrancisHosp.com.

Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a leading health care services company, through its subsidiaries operates 49 hospitals, 117 outpatient centers and Conifer Health Solutions, a leader in business process solutions for healthcare providers that serves over 600 hospital and other clients nationwide. Tenet’s hospitals and related health care facilities are committed to providing high quality care to patients in the communities they serve. For more information, please visit www.tenethealth.com.