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National Medical Association to Host T.E.A. Talk to Help Educate Women of Color on Living Healthier Lives

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 General News J E 4
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Talk Show Format Program Encourages Women to Turn (Health) Education into Action

WASHINGTON, Nov. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Medical Association (NMA) along with the Southeast Dairy Association, the Auxiliary to the Columbus-Ft. Benning Medical Association, the Columbus Georgia Chapter, The Links, Inc. will host T.E.A. Talk, Conversations for a Healthy Body and Mind, on Saturday, November 21, from 12:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. at the Columbus Georgia Convention Center and Trade Center, 801 Front Avenue, in Columbus, Georgia. Moderated by health professionals, this exploration of women's health promises to be an afternoon filled with vital health and wellness information. For more information or to register, please call 202-327-1895 ext. 261 or email yfleming@nmanet.org.

T.E.A. Talk offers a platform for women of color to discuss a range of health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, stress, and fitness. With messages stressing prevention first, this interactive forum encourages women to be more informed about health issues. The program is a step towards developing a health and wellness action plan.

"T.E.A. Talk is more than a forum about living a healthier lifestyle," said Willarda V. Edwards, M.D., M.B.A., president of the National Medical Association. "It is about turning health education into action because women of color, particularly African American women, are suffering disproportionately from preventable diseases. If more African American women adopt a wellness lifestyle it will reduce the risk of premature death from preventable, lifestyle-related diseases."

The event is free. Free health screenings will begin at 12:30 p.m. followed by afternoon tea. The interactive forum, the final portion of the program, begins promptly at 1 p.m.

*T.E.A. Talk = Turn (Health) Education into Action Talk

SOURCE National Medical Association
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