Health education, stress relief and exercise will play a prominent role at the Black Business Expo's 20th Reunion, May 1, 2 and 3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition to the exhibitors, food, concerts and workshops thru the Tom Bradley Business Institute, the BBX "Health, Sports and Fitness Zone" will include health information and activities for persons of all ages.
"With the everyday stress that many are experiencing as a result of the country's financial crisis, it is important for individuals to maintain a level of rest and exercise that is appropriate for their age and physical condition," said Harold Hambrick, BBX President. "It is also important to know about illnesses and diseases that have a tremendous impact on our community--and the ways in which we can avoid or minimize their toll on the body."
On Saturday, exercise programs will begin at noon, with line dancing and will continue throughout the day with demonstrations, featuring basic exercises, cardio kick boxing, karate, and body building. CNN contributor and clinical psychologist, Dr. Gloria Morrow, will discuss stress and its impact on families during this financial crisis.
Additional panel discussions and lectures will address childhood obesity, teen health, diabetes awareness, eating to reverse cancer, men's health, root, and nutrition and fitness. A special panel discussion on sickle cell disease awareness will be accompanied by a blood drive to benefit children suffering from the disease.
Sunday will feature: "The Massage," an inspirational message combined with breathing techniques, by KJLH's Kevin Nash; line dancing, kick boxing and fitness demonstrations, and a host of women's health and mental health discussions, including diet, financial health, women and HIV/AIDS, surviving cancer and forgiveness for healthy living.
Sponsored by OneUnited Bank, Farmers and the City of Los Angeles, BBX events include the Tom Bradley Business Institute; Glory Kitchen Tastin' Black Culture Food Court; West Coast Black Music Festival; Black Writers on Tour, the Fitness; Health and Sports Pavilion; AfroKids World; Black College Row; West Coast GospeLive and Art Zone. The exhibit area will be open Friday and Sunday, noon to 6, and Saturday, noon to 8 p.m.
"In this era of price consciousness, BBX felt it necessary to hold down costs, therefore, our ticket prices have not increased," said Hambrick. "Tickets are still only $5 for persons 12 and older. Kids under 12 are free."