Philadelphia – Pennsylvania Care Health and Wellness presented the nation’s largest urban health and music festival and the *BeWhole Healthy Living Tour. Pennsylvania Care Associates is a social services organization whose mission is to “get people connected to much needed resources and promote independent living.” From July 22nd through July 28th, The BeWhole Healthy Living Tour featured a week of free events that encouraged people to focus on their abilities and not their disabilities as well as change their mindset of how they approach their health and wellness.
For an entire week, The BeWhole Healthy Living Tour boasted of events focusing on health and wellness. The tour kicked off with a community block party and music concert sponsored by Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell and Friends of Malcolm X Park. The block party consisted of health screenings, games, music and entertainment including music artists Suzann Christine,Keith Washington, Deniece Williams, Ruff Endz and Beano.
At the festival Tomika Mcfadden, CEO of Pennsylvania Care Associates and Community Activist enlightened the crowd with her message. She said the event was held in West Philadelphia because that is where it all started for her. “I’ve been an activist for over 20 years, turned business woman. And now I am a Philanthropist, and I believe in giving back to where I came from.” She continued to say the event was created due to the evidence that many people that her organization serves have medical conditions that could have been prevented with earlier care and screenings.
Following, on Tuesday the tour featured a Zumba Fitness class. On Wednesday there was a Living Inspiring Transformation Yoga complete with darkness, black lights, glow sticks and glow-in-the-dark body paint. On Thursday there was Line and Salsa Dancing where participants learned basic salsa moves. Friday there was a cooking class that taught how to prepare a delicious and healthy 3 course meal from start to finish.
The tour concluded with a music festival at Penn’s Landing featuring National Hip Hop Artist Tip “T.I” Harris, International R&B group Dru Hill,Estelle, SWV, Sister Nancy and Lenny Williams. It was estimated that the free community concert and festival attracted over 15,000 community residents and included medical health screenings for glucose/diabetes and blood pressure as well as dental resources and eye examinations.
The goal of The BeWhole Healthy Living Tour was to get people to be more proactive about their care while incorporating fun activities, where it is fun to be fit. The Pennsylvania Care Associates have events all year-round to keep people interested. For more information visit http://pacareassociates.com/