Staying Healthy 101: Building a Checklist at Wellness Wednesdays

January 18, 2023

HIGHLAND PARK, MI. — She struck the right note almost immediately, reminding the two dozen women in attendance at SAY Detroit Family Health Clinic’s monthly support group that “we are the backbone of our community’’ — and it’s important to take care of yourself.

Specifically, your health. And now.

“As we get older, our metabolism slows down,’’ Dr. Patricia Williams, medical director at the SAY Clinic, told Wellness Wednesdays’ participants at the Ernest T. Ford Recreation Center. “Activity helps us increase our metabolism.’’

That was just one reminder of many that Williams shared during an informal session on the importance of health screenings, check ups, maintaining a healthy diet, and more. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in Black women; more than 40% have high blood pressure.

“What it comes down to is listen to your body,” said Alexis Harvey, SAY Clinic’s Community Health Worker, who also serves as its community outreach coordinator. “As women, we need to advocate for ourselves, and don’t let your doctor dismiss you. Preventative care is so important.’’

The support group and luncheon also featured an appearance by newly-elected Highland Park Mayor Glenda McDonald, who was cheered by the crowd.

“I came because I want to make sure that we’re connecting all of the programs available to our citizens,’’ she said. “I’ll be back!’’

SAY Detroit would like to thank Sue and Dave of the Ford recreation center for their help, as well as fabulous A Time to Help volunteers Chris and Lisa. Additional thanks to manager Danny Elia of Market Fresh in Beverly Hills, MI., for helping to support our monthly women’s group with a donation to benefit our luncheon!

Wellness Wednesdays’ next program is scheduled for Feb. 15 at the Ford rec center. The topic — on brain health — will feature speaker Treena Horton, program coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association, Michigan Chapter. Registration is required and capped at 25. Call 586-345-0225 to reserve your spot.