This ministry is spearheaded by the Youth. They engage members of the congregation for fitness and nutrition programs through the New York City Department of Health and the Bronx Health Reach. They also organize health fairs for the church and the Community.
After a seminar with the New York City Department of Health in December 2008, Dr. Kwaku Boakye and Dr. Kwabena Boakye came to the realization that at Presbyterian Church of Ghana in New York, the congregants and surrounding community could benefit from a Health Ministry program. So they brought the idea before the Church and it was warmly welcomed. With the co-operation of the entire health professionals and some non-health professionals in the church, the Health and Wellness Ministry was formed in January of 2009.
The Ministry jumped into action with the goal to promote Health in areas of physical education, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and heart diseases. Thus, programs like Health Fairs, Exercise Classes, Walking Club, Cooking Classes, Blood Pressure and Blood Glucose Monitoring and lectures, and Workshops on Reading Labels will serve as performance objectives for our health ministry in achieving its goal.
On July 26, 2009, the ministry was inaugurated. On August 1, 2009, the Health and Wellness Ministry had its first annual Health Fair with sponsors from NYC Department of HealtH, Minority health, Harlem Hospital Center, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Bronx Health Reach, and Health Education on Wheels. On June 26, 2010, the Health and Wellness Ministry held its biggest Health Fair to date. This health fair was held outdoors with participants from NYCDOHMH, Cornell Cooperative Extension, American Heart/Stroke Association, North General Hospital, American Diabetes Association, Alzheimer’s Association, American Cancer Society, National Kidney Foundation, African Services Committee, American Italian Cancer Foundation, New York Blood Services, Health First, Secure Horizons by United Health Care, Leroy Pharmacy, Drug Shoppe, Bronx Health Reach, Alcohol Anonymous, NYPD 28th Precinct, Modell’s, WellCare Health Plan, Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, NYCDOHMH, Bayer Health Care.
- Patricia Yeboah - Director
- Dr. Kwaku Boakye - Liaison
- Dr. Kwabena Boakye - Liaison
- Kwabena Debrah-Dwamena III - Exercise Coordinator
- Akosua Osei-Mensah - Task Force Development
- Millicent O. Tiwaah - OMT Manipulation
- Mr. Eric Sarpong
- Mrs. Afua Koram
- Mrs Asante
- Mr. Ofosu Somuah
- Mrs. Amma Amponsah