The Apollo Theater presented their 2nd annual Harlem Health Soul Festival. A community initiative focused on family health and wellness.

This free event turned the community of Harlem into a mind-blowing learning about health and education resources.

The festival on 126th Street, there offerings for the whole family including health screenings, sports activities with the NY Knicks, fitness and nutrition-based cooking demonstrations, health services, a Children’s Pavilion and other interactive programming.

The Festival was hosted by celebrity health expert Dr. Ian Smith. He informed the Harlem crowd at the Apollo Theatre about the ‘Effects of High Blood Pressure’.

“High blood pressure can damage your health in many ways,” Dr. Smith said. “It can seriously hurt important organs like your heart and brain.”

High blood pressure also causes a decreased blow flow to the heart, chest pain (angina), Heart Failure, Heart attack, Stroke and Kidney Disease. 45.7% of African American women suffered from High blood pressure. In addition, 370, 000 men suffer from stroke in a year.

Dr. Smith provided ways to improve blood pressure such as losing weight, eat a healthy diet, reduce sodium intake, quit smoking, reduce stress and minimize caffeine intake. He also recommended the Harlem crowd to get his book called “SHRED, The Revolutionary Diet”. It’s the #1 Bestselling Author and is the answer to every dieter’s biggest dilemmas.

National President Associate of Black Cardiologists Icilma Fergus also talked about Heart Disease in African Americans at the Apollo.

“Hypertension is one of the main issues for African-Americans,” Fergus stated.

Hypertension causes heart failure. Heart Failure afflicts 4.2 (900,000) of African Americans vs. 2.4% (5.4) Caucasians.

Harlem Health Soul also included an appearance by DJ Big Tigger featuring performances by the 14-year old Christian Guardino and muti-platinum Grammy Award winning R&B singer Faith Evans.