USC PRC Participates in Global Health Events with United Methodist Church

June 14, 2018

Representatives from the USC PRC recently participated in health promotion events - the United Methodist Church Global Day of Health and HulaPalooza – in partnership with the South Carolina Conference of the UMC. In March, the UMC General Board of Global Ministries hosted the third annual Global Day of Health where representatives from individual churches, health coordinators, research partners, and church leadership gathered to discuss health and wellness as part of the UMC Abundant Health initiative. USC PRC Director Sara Wilcox spoke at the event alongside Rev. Kathy James, Director of Connectional Ministries for the SC Conference of the UMC. Dr. Wilcox and Rev. James presented information about the ongoing partnership between the USC PRC and the SC UMC, which includes over 100 UMC churches from South Carolina participating in the Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN) Program.

USC PRC staff also attended the UMC HulaPalooza event at St. John’s United Methodist Church in the Rock Hill District. Churches in South Carolina, New York, and Zimbabwe participated in the event, which was a kickoff for the UMC Abundant Health Program. The event included a health fair with information from local healthcare providers, blood pressure and dental screenings, games for children and youth, a senior’s aerobics demonstration, and hula hooping contests for all attendees.

Participants at the UMC Day of Health gather to share their passion for health. Attendees participated in hula hooping exercises to demonstrate that health can be fun, creative, and easily adaptable to a church’s resources.

As part of the international HulaPalooza celebration, FAN Community Health Advisor Carmen Alexander participated in a hula hooping contest with young participants from churches across South Carolina.