2010-11-26 / Community

St. John Baptist Church Fights Diabetes

By Vivian Rattay Carter

Jackie Stillwell co-moderates the program. Jackie Stillwell co-moderates the program. It’s an alarming statistic: if present trends continue, one in three Americans will be diagnosed with diabetes. The members of St. John Baptist Church of Arverne are determined to help reverse that trend.

On Saturday, Nov. 20, the Samaritan Hands Health Ministry of the church, under the leadership of Deacon Jimmy Stillwell, gathered in the grand worship space of St. John to host a community education event on “Living With Diabetes.”

The public was welcomed into the church and invited to join in the search for information and strategies to combat the ravages of this disease. The seminar was co-moderated by church health ambassadors Inez Cole and Jackie Stillwell. Assemblywoman Michele Titus attended as a special invited guest. There was a welcome from the Church First Lady, Janice Williams. The goals of the event were to help participants understand what diabetes is and how it can be managed; to explain the risk factors and how to be sure you are getting a good A1C blood test (for glycated hemoglobin); and finally, to increase awareness about good diabetes care and the role of the healthcare provider.

Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center nurses, Jackie Deleon (left) and Ellen Golden (right), greet Janice Williams, First Lady of the Church. Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center nurses, Jackie Deleon (left) and Ellen Golden (right), greet Janice Williams, First Lady of the Church. There were many pre senters, including nurses Jackie Deleon and Ellen Golden of Joseph Addabbo Family Health Center, herbalist Linda Jones, Vickie Carson- Clemons, Lisa Shelborne, Katrina Muller, Theresa McClaney-Jackson, Janelle Mason-Johnson and Terri Grant. Each presenter covered a discrete topic. There was discussion of diabetes testing, how diabetes affects those with cancer and heart disease, onset during pregnancy, the impact of stress, and exercise and fitness for those with diabetes. Healthy snacks were served, courtesy of the church, both before and after the seminar.
Left to right: Jackie Stillwell, Janice Williams, Inez Cole and Tammy Scruggs of the Church welcome Assemblywoman Michele Titus. Left to right: Jackie Stillwell, Janice Williams, Inez Cole and Tammy Scruggs of the Church welcome Assemblywoman Michele Titus.
Health ambassadors and advocates for the church can be identified by their personalized white jackets. Health ambassadors and advocates for the church can be identified by their personalized white jackets.

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