For Immediate Release
Contact: Keith Gooden
(407) 953-5043

PRESS RELEASE

PREVENTION IS KEY TO OPTIMAL HEALTH
“12th Annual Caribbean Health Summit urges Attendees to make Prevention a Priority”

ORLANDO, Fla. – August 26, 2014– Chronic diseases are the most common and costly of all health problems, but they are also the most preventable. The 12th Annual Caribbean Health Summit offers an opportunity for the community to learn important strategies to prevent illness, improve wellness and quality of life. This free community event will take place on Saturday, September 6, 2014 from 8:00am to 2:30pm at the Central Florida Fair & Exposition Park (Fairgrounds), located at 4603 West Colonial Drive, Orlando.

The theme of this year’s event “Hope for Healing” emphasizes healing of the mind, body, and spirit. The summit will offer mammogram screening on Friday, September 5th and on Saturday, September 6th by appointment only. To schedule a free mammogram screening, please call (407) 648-9440 ext. 14.  Many other health screenings will be made available, such as: Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA), Dental Exams, Body Mass Index, Total Cholesterol and blood Pressure.

This family fun event will also include a Kid’s Corner and activities for adults of any age including Zumba.

“I believe that it’s important to have healthy behaviors! Healthy behavior impacts the way we think and I believe have a direct impact on our emotions. When we feel good about ourselves we behave differently, there is less tension and it raises our self-esteem. The bible says it is God’s desire that we prosper and be in health as our souls prosper. The Caribbean health summit will have a wealth of knowledge and information that will allow any person and family to begin the start to healthy living,” said Pastor Frank E. Thompson, President of Youth Central.

The summit is hosted by the Center for Multicultural Wellness and Prevention Inc. (CMWP) in collaboration with the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce of Florida Inc., the Greater Haitian American Chamber of Commerce of Orlando, Florida Department of Health in Orange County and Florida Hospital.

The event will also be supported by local sponsors, such as Florida Hospital (Premier Sponsor), Humana Market Point (Bronze Sponsor), The Assistance Fund (Silver Sponsor), Florida Department of Agriculture/Fresh from Florida (Gold Sponsor), Central Florida Family Health (Gold Sponsor), City of Orlando (Bronze Sponsor), Amerigroup Real Solution (Bronze Sponsor), Florida Blue (Silver Sponsor), Wellcare (Silver Sponsor), FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers (Bronze Sponsor), Western & Southern Life (Bronze Sponsor), Daisy W. Lynum Commissioner Emeritus, City of Orlando (Bronze), Florida Blue (Bronze Sponsor), Café Kreyol & Bar (Bronze Sponsor), Antonio Lemus, CPA, PA (Bronze Sponsor), Unitransfer USA (Bronze Sponsor), VITAS Hospice Services (Bronze Sponsor)   and Consulate of Haiti Orlando Office (Silver Sponsor). There will also be many other community organizations and agencies that will be supporting this important community event.

CMWP is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization with the mission to enhance the health, wellness and quality of life for diverse and ethnic populations in Central Florida.  Celebrating its 20th year in the community, this nonprofit has a well-defined history of providing health education and outreach to Central Florida’s minority population. CMWP is an established non-clinical setting, health education and outreach agency in Orlando, Florida. The organization has successfully partnered with community and social agencies to effectively address the health education needs of Central Florida’s minority communities.

For more information about CMWP, please call (407)648-9440 or visit our website at www.cmwp.org .

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