Trenton “Springs” into Wellness at Union Baptist Church

New Jersey Partnership for Healthy Kids – Trenton attended the Union Baptist Church (UBC) “Spring into Wellness” Health Fair on Saturday, April 12, 2014.  It featured a panel discussion about how people can be healthy in every aspect of their life, with representatives from the Trenton Health Team, Capital Health, National Marrow Donor Program, Rite Aid, and a New Jersey state licensed psychologist/co-pastor of Grant Chapel A.M.E. Church.  The speakers touched on many topics relevant to our projects focus on physical activity and nutrition.  Union Baptist Church is one of the three faith-based organizations that volunteered to perform walking audits with us last year.  Not only did they participate in the audits, but they also signed a wellness policy for their organization.  We are so proud of UBC for hosting this health fair and making their wellness policy an integral part of the spiritual journey.

One of the panelists at the UBC event was Margaret Creevey, RN, BSN, MSN, AOCN; a gastrointestinal (GI) Cancer Nurse Navigator.  She spoke about colorectal cancer, and the precautions that can be taken to lower our risks of developing these life-threatening illnesses.  She told the audience that an important part of the prevention of GI cancers is, among other things, to maintain a healthy body weight through healthy eating and physical activity.  When asked if creating a more pedestrian-friendly streetscape would help increase physical activity levels, and as a result decrease the risk of colorectal cancer, Creevey said, “If we could have safe places to walk or ride a bike [at least 30 minutes a day], the better off people would be at preventing GI cancer.”
This information couldn’t have been shared with us at a better time – the City of Trenton is currently working on their Bike/Pedestrian plan, which will be incorporated into the new Master Plan.  With the City considering how they can make the streets safer for all travelers, and our soon to come streetscape improvements, Trenton residents will be able to get outside and get active!

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“If we could have safe places to walk or ride a bike [at least 30 minutes a day], the better off people would be at preventing GI cancer.” 

Margaret Creevey, RN, BSN, MSN, AOCN speaking to the attendees of the UBC “Spring into Wellness”  Health Fair, about how they may be able to reduce the risks of colorectal cancer, some of the advice  including maintaining a healthy weight and getting 30 minutes of physical activity per day.

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