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Helen Silvis of The Skanner News
Published: 21 October 2009

Volunteers offered massage

Larry Collins, Stanley Washington helped men sign up for free cancer screenings.

Micah Robinson

Elnetta Williams and Eleanor Myrick 

Watching a cooking demonstration

African American-inspired food 

The African American Health Coalition's 14th annual Wellness Village, featured a cooking demonstration as well as health screenings and information for everyone in the family. Volunteers from the coalition and from health and wellness groups offered everything from diet information and cholesterol, dental and blood sugar checks to flu shots, cancer screenings and massage.


Stanley Washington, in his second year of volunteering at the event said he was glad to help more people get screened for breast cancer, prostate and colon cancer. "Our community needs to be more educated and have more awareness about our health," he said. Micah Robinson, a basketball coach also became an African American Health Coalition volunteer for that reason click here.


Held in the Blazers Boys and Girls Club on N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Saturday Oct. 17, dozens of organizations volunteered at the event, including: Kaiser Permanente, Oregon Health & Science University, Cascade Aids Project, LifeWorks, Multnomah County, Oregon School of Oriental Medicine, Soul Purpose, Planned Parenthood, New Seasons, the Children's Cancer Association, and Steve Baker Colorectal Alliance.


Elnetta Williams and Eleanor Myrick represented the Healthy Birth Initiative. "This is one of our babies," said Myrick, showing off the beautiful – and healthy – baby Laylonia Morales.


Donna Standing Rock of the Cascade Aids Project, brought her granddaughter with her. "I love this event, I've been coming here for CAP, for 10 years now," she said.


A cooking demonstration showed how to prepare delicious and healthy African American inspired dishes. The recipes were created by Roniece Weaver, who wrote The New Soul Food Cookbook for People with Diabetes, The Family Style Soul food Cookbook for People with Diabetes and Healthy Soul Food Cooking.

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