Dinner with Doctors
Conway Church Hosts Health Outreach Program
Conway, Ark. » On Thursday, February 9, 2017, the Conway Seventh-day Adventist Church successfully implemented its “Dinner with Doctors” event, held in the auditorium of the Conway Regional Medical Center. This health-focused community outreach program was established to introduce the community to the Seventh-day Adventist health message. Attendees were given information on how to prevent and recover from the effects of some common health and lifestyle problems.
Guests signed up for door prizes and took advantage of individual sessions with the health professionals. Attendees could have their blood pressure tested, blood sugar checked, and have their body mass index measured if they desired. A wonderful vegan meal was prepared and served by members of the Conway church with the help of Doris Keyes, child nutrition manager at Morrilton Elementary School.
The medical practitioners who assisted in the interviews and assessments were: Dr. Annette Anderson, hypertension; Dr. David Anderson, promotion of better sleep; Chaplain Ron Holloway, prayer and meditation; Becky Samuel, APRN, blood pressure, blood sugar/BMI testing; Dr. Randy Regester, posture/mobility; Dr. Meshach Samuel, diabetes; and Dr. Sangeeth Samuel, cholesterol.
Three short health lectures were presented during the meal. Dr. Meshack Samuel presented interesting facts about diabetes and its prevalence in our culture and listed ways to minimize its effects. Dr. Annette Anderson presented ways a person can lower the chances of having a heart attack and how to lower hypertension by a change in lifestyle and diet. She emphasized the positive effects of a vegetarian diet. Dr. Sangeeth Samuel presented some of the myths and facts about cholesterol in our bodies and diets.
The attendees were also invited to join a Complete Health Improvement Program (CHIP) which is scheduled to begin soon in Little Rock, Ark. CHIP is designed to reduce disease risk factors through better health habits, improving dietary choices, and adopting regular exercise regimes.
Sharon Dunaway, a psychotherapist and member of the Conway church, was responsible for leading out “Dinner with Doctors.” She is grateful for God’s leading and for all the volunteers who helped make it a success.