Free community health event on Aug. 10 in Harlem

On Saturday, Aug. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the Ephesus Youth Church (EYC), a citadel of hope in the Harlem community since 1954, is sponsoring a community outreach day at the Mount Morris Park Bandshell at 124th Street and Fifth Avenue.

This event will address, through music, presentations and information tables, some of the many critical issues that continue to plague this historic neighborhood, namely HIV and sexually transmitted infections, drug and alcohol abuse and gang violence. Local professionals will be on hand to address health-related concerns with adolescents, and there will be opportunities for families to address the social, educational and emotional needs of their young children.

Community organizations such as Get Covered New York, a grassroots volunteer campaign, will be spreading the word about the new, affordable health insurance options available through President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. These organizations will be available to provide more information for uninsured people before the sign-up period begins on Oct. 1. Also, health professionals and the EYC Missionaries, who are currently sponsoring the New York City 2013 Back-to-School Initiative that provides school supplies to children in need, will be on hand to provide information about their services and upcoming projects.

Natural living enthusiasts will share their way of life and provide information to the public on ways to improve health and prevent diseases. The dynamic motivational speaker Andrew Pileggi will provide the keynote address, and inspirational gospel music, under the direction of Omar Jackson and Nijah Shomo, will also be provided. Enjoy a free vegan lunch and be educated, inspired, motivated and transformed. The event is open to the public and free of charge. In the event of rain, the event will take place at the same date and time at the Ephesus Youth Church, located at 101 W. 123rd St.