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March 17, 2005


What: Launch event with pastors from various congregations across the region. The Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC) is working with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to promote "Body & Soul: A Celebration of Healthy Eating & Living." Body & Soul is a health program for African American churches that encourages congregations to eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables as part of an active lifestyle. Developed by NCI, Body & Soul is part of its overall effort to eliminate the health disparities found among African Americans.

This event will provide an opportunity for pastors to participate in collective dialogue about health issues that plague the African American community and learn how Body & Soul can be incorporated as a pivotal focus to a church's health ministry.

Note: PNBC represents approximately 2.5 million African Americans and Africans in the Diaspora.

Who: Dr. Major L. Jemison, President of PNBC will moderate the event. Other speakers will include:

* Rev. Sarah Britt - Cancer Survivor and Pastor, First Baptist Church of Deanwood, Washington, D.C.
* Dr. Lenora Johnson - Acting Director, Center for Strategic Dissemination, NCI, Bethesda, MD
* Dr. Terry Mason - Chief of Urology, Mercy Hospital, Chicago, IL

When: The event will take place on Tuesday, March 22, 2005 at 8:30 a.m. A healthy breakfast will be served. All media RSVPs for breakfast must be received by the COB Friday, March 18, 2005 by contacting Deborah Pankey-Mebane at e-mail address: or by phone at 301-477-3760.

Where: National Press Club First Amendment Room, 529 14th Street, NW - 13th Floor, Washington, DC 20045. General Information: 202-662-7500;

Why: PNBC and NCI feel it is imperative to actively address the health crisis facing the African American community by educating and empowering churches. Both PNBC and NCI recognize that the African American church continues to be the center of the community and an important vehicle in affecting positive change.

Media Contact: Deborah Pankey-Mebane at 301-477-3760 (office)/ 410-206-8082 (cell).


Progressive National Baptist Convention
601 50th Street, NE, Washington, DC 20019
202-396-0558 1-800-876-7622 Fax: 202-398-4998

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