THE GOAL IS TO INFORM MEMPHIANS OF THE BENEFITS OF A SEAFOOD-RICH DIET
October is National Seafood Month and the Memphis Coalition of the Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) is kicking it off with the Healthy Heart Summit. The event is Saturday, October 1 at St. Andrew A.M.E. Church Community Life Center, located at 1472 Mississippi Blvd, Memphis, TN, 38106 from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. The summit will showcase the health benefits, including a reduced risk of heart disease, of seafood-rich diet.
The panelists include Cardiologist Dr. Claro Diaz, Internist Dr. Patrick Malone, and Roshun Austin, CEO of The Works, will be on hand to discuss the health benefits of a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Chef Ayanna Johnson will demonstrate how easy it is to prepare low-cost seafood dishes at home. She also will mention overall seafood awareness, including how to buy it and which time of year seafood is the freshest. Fitness expert Rodrick Walls will provide cardio workout demonstrations for a healthy heart and discuss cardio fitness.
“Sadly, Mid-southerners are ranked as some of the most unhealthy and obese residents in the United States,” said Deidre Malone, Memphis Director, SNP. “Through the Seafood Nutrition Partnership, we are able to educate our residents on the health benefits associated with omega-3 fatty acids. We are also able to teach them how to cook and buy seafood cost effectively.”
National Seafood Month events in Memphis focus on encouraging Mid-Southerners to eat at least two servings of seafood per week according to the guidelines set forth by the United States Department of Agriculture. They sign a Healthy Heart Pledge stating their commitment to do so, and to date, nearly 2,000 Memphians have signed the pledge.
Other events during National Seafood Month in Memphis are:
Former NBA All-Star Detlef Schrempf will visit Memphis and hold a news conference on October 3. Schrempf serves on the board of directors for SNP.
Health Fair at Abundant Grace Fellowship Church on October 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Restaurant Week during October 17-21 featuring participating Memphis-area
restaurants that serve seafood on their menus.
Councilwoman Patrice Robinson Town Hall meeting on October 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
at The Healing Center.
Healthy Heart Sunday, a collaboration of the faith community to encourage
members to sign the Healthy Heart Pledge on October 30.
The Seafood Nutrition Partnership (SNP) is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit whose mission is to
inspire a healthier America through partnerships that raise awareness about essential
nutritional benefits of eating seafood. SNP, a member of the Non-Communicable
Diseases Roundtable, leads education efforts to help Americans gain the skills to select,
order and prepare fish and shellfish, and to inspire a healthier America by promoting a
nutrient-rich diet that includes seafood. For more information, visit
Campaign aims to raise $12 million
Robert Cox, shareholder with Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle and Cox, P.C., has been named Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee for Planned Parenthood of the Greater Memphis Region. The Memphis chapter announced a $12 million fundraising campaign, titled the “Now Campaign,” and has already secured $9.8 million in gifts and pledges.
The money raised by the campaign will be used for increased patient care, including a second Memphis location. Funds also will be utilized to enhance the education, advocacy and sustainability goals of the organization.
Cox received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Notre Dame and bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. The Memphis native, is a member of the Tennessee, Mississippi and Arkansas Bar Associations and Board Member of the Orpheum Theater.
About Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox, P.C.
Glassman, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox is a boutique law firm engaging only in civil trial litigation in courts primarily around the Mid-South, including in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky and Alabama. Our lawyers focus their talents on helping clients achieve the best possible results in their trial and arbitration matters both inside and outside the courtroom. The firm is renowned for its ability to handle the most difficult legal situations with targeted and steadfast intensity. Representing clients on both sides of the docket gives us unique insights into what motivates our opponents in court and during settlement negotiations.
Personal items of the late Bishop G.E. Patterson will be on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) when the museum opens this Saturday, September 24, at the National Mall in Washington D.C.
More than 20 items were donated to the museum by the Bishop’s widow, Louise Patterson, and will be part of the Cultural Experience Exhibit located on the fourth floor. Two items are currently on display, Bishop Patterson’s collar and crucifix. A video excerpt from one of Bishop Patterson’s sermons can be seen as a part of the exhibit.
A leader in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) denomination, Bishop Patterson was the founder of Bountiful Blessings Ministries and served as Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of COGIC from 2000 until his death in 2007.
Current Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake shares his thoughts on this important tribute. “The Church of God in Christ is honored that our former Presiding Bishop G.E. Patterson, will have items displayed at the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture,” said Blake. “Bishop Patterson was an incredible leader and friend who loved the Church of God in Christ, what a great way to honor his memory.”
Mrs. Willie Mae Rivers, COGIC International General Supervisor for the Women’s Department remembers Bishop Patterson fondly. “The legacy and ministry of Bishop Gilbert Earl Patterson will forever live in the hearts of COGIC,” said Rivers. “I was blessed to serve with him during his entire term as Presiding Bishop and it was a joyous time to serve with such an awesome leader. This honor means so much to those of us who knew him and loved him.”
“I am speechless that my husband’s life accomplishments are recognized in this way,” said Louise Patterson. “It is truly an honor to have his work for the Lord enshrined in a Smithsonian museum for generations to see.”
The NMAAHC will open this Saturday and include a dedication ceremony with President Barack and First Lady Michelle Obama. Visit https://nmaahc.si.edu for more information on the grand opening. This is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history and culture and houses more than 40,000 artifacts.
About Bountiful Blessings Inc.
Bountiful Blessings Inc., founded by Bishop G.E. Patterson in 1967, has been a beacon of hope and light for many in our global community for more than 35 years. The organization strives to provide individuals and families from all walks of life with resources and Godly principals to live healthy and abundant lives. Since Patterson’s passing, his wife, evangelist Louise Patterson, has continued his work with the same emphasis. For more information about Bountiful Blessings, please call 1-800-544-3571 or visit www.bbless.org.
BlueCross Health Foundation Awards Grant to Count It! Lock It! Drop It!TM
Count, Lock and Drop your pills! That’s the message from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Health Foundation, which is teaming up with the state Department of Health and the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition to reduce prescription pain medication abuse in Tennessee.
To help address the state’s opioid epidemic, the BlueCross Health Foundation is providing a $1.3 million grant to expand the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition’s Count It! Lock It! Drop It!™ program to counties with high rates of opioid deaths. The funding will support training and outreach efforts including a public education advertising campaign.
According to Dr. David Reagan, chief medical officer for the Tennessee Department of Health, opioid abuse is one of Tennessee’s most concerning public health issues. “It will take various parties and a multifaceted approach to tackle this crisis, and we’re pleased to have the state’s largest insurer commit itself to this cause,” Reagan said.
In 2015, BlueCross covered more than 1 million opioid prescriptions for its members – that’s more than 66.6 million painkillers dispensed. “We know pain medication is necessary to treat many conditions; but there is a clear need to engage in clinical and social efforts across the state to prevent the many tragedies that individuals, families and entire communities have faced from opioid abuse and addiction,” explained Dr. Andrea Willis, chief medical officer for BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.
Count It! Lock It! Drop It! was co-founded in 2011 by Christina Merino and Kristina Clark of the Coffee County Anti-Drug Coalition. The goal was to build a comprehensive, community-level approach to prescription drug misuse. The program ensures patients are receiving the same messaging at doctors’ offices and pharmacies, as well as integrating counseling on the addictive nature of certain medications and teaching drug safety skills.
The Count It! Lock It! Drop It! program encourages community members to:
- Count It!Count pills once every two weeks to monitor theft and help ensure medications are taken properly.
- Lock It!Lock and store them in a secure place where others would not think to look.
- Drop It!Take unused or expired medications to drop boxes located in participating law enforcement offices or pharmacies or during take-back events.
“Many adults and teens do not understand the dangers of misusing prescription drugs, and think of them as safe because they are prescribed by a doctor,” said Christina Merino, co-founder of Count It! Lock It! Drop It! “Our program educates everyone from health care providers to grandparents on the need to use, store and dispose of prescription medications safely.”
BlueCross Community Relations and Foundations Director Dawn Abel pointed to research that shows 55 percent of those who abuse painkillers in Tennessee get them from a friend or relative who has a prescription. “Count It! Lock It! Drop It! has a proven track record of educating communities on the importance of safeguarding and properly disposing of prescriptions,” Abel said.
Last year, the Count It! Lock It! Drop It! program in Coffee County collected approximately 600 pounds of various medications at its three drop boxes in the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office, the Manchester Police Department and the Tullahoma Police Department. The estimated street value of the collected opioids was more than $11,387.
Count It! Lock It! Drop It! is currently operating in 32 counties statewide – 11 in East Tennessee, 18 in Middle Tennessee and three in West Tennessee – with its educational and grassroots program. A main element of the program is permanent drop boxes located in law enforcement offices. By September, all 95 Tennessee counties will have a box in place. For more information on Count It! Lock It! Drop It! or to locate a drop box, visit www.countitlockitdropit.org.
Personal items of the late Bishop G.E. Patterson will be on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) when the museum opens to the public on September 24 at the National Mall in Washington D.C.
The items were donated to the museum by the Bishop’s widow, Louise Patterson, and will be part of the Cultural Experience Exhibit located on the fourth floor.
“I am speechless that the Bishop’s life accomplishments are recognized in this way,” said Louise Patterson. “It is truly an honor to have his work for the Lord enshrined in a Smithsonian museum for generations to see.”
The grand opening of the NMAAHC will be a weekend-long event beginning on September 23 with a music festival, Freedom Sounds: A Community Celebration, on the Washington Monument grounds. Saturday will include the museum’s dedication ceremony with extended hours for the crowds. Multiple outdoor viewing areas with large screens will be available to help accommodate the large crowds view the ceremony. Visit https://nmaahc.si.edu for more information on the grand opening.
A leader in the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) denomination, Bishop Patterson was the founder of Bountiful Blessings Ministries and served as presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of COGIC from 2000 until his death in 2007.
The NMAAHC is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history and culture and houses more than 37,000 artifacts. It will be the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution when it opens in September.
About Bountiful Blessings Inc.
Bountiful Blessings Inc., founded by Bishop G.E. Patterson in 1967, has been a beacon of hope and light for many in our global community for more than 35 years. The organization strives to provide individuals and families from all walks of life with resources and Godly principals to live healthy and abundant lives. Since Patterson’s passing, his wife, evangelist Louise Patterson, has continued his work with the same emphasis. For more information about Bountiful Blessings, please call 1-800-544-3571 or visit www.bbless.org