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August 27, 2014, 5:06 pm

Tom Joyner’s health fest about wellness, fun

The Tom Joyner “Take a Loved One to The Doctor” health festival is coming to Philadelphia.

The festival, to be held October 19–20 at the Liacouras Center, 1776 North Broad Street, is intended to promote health and wellness in the African-American community. The two-day event features a packed schedule of health screenings, special performances by national recording artists, comedy shows and after parties.

Take a Loved One to the Doctor (TALOTTD) was created by radio personality Tom Joyner and is designed to reduce the health disparities between African Americans and the general population.

The event marks Joyner’s first national health festival.

“What better city than the City of Brotherly Love to launch the first national ‘Take a Loved One To The Doctor’ Health Festival? Now I hope that you all show me some love by coming out and supporting,” said Joyner.

The festival kicks off with a live broadcast of the Tom Joyner Morning Show on October 19 at 6 a.m. which includes health-related content and special performances by R&B singer from New Edition Johnny Gill and Vashawn Mitchell.

Following the broadcast, the health expo opens at 9 a.m. Friday, offering free dental and medical screenings and tips on fitness, nutrition, beauty and health-related college and career recruitment and performances by national recording artists. The health expo runs from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

A number of medical experts will be on hand for the festival including U.S. Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Dr. Regina M. Benjamin; Dr. Ro (Rovenia Brock); Dr. Edward J. Chappelle Jr., president, National Dental Association; Dr. Rahn Bailey, psychiatrist and president, National Medical Association; Dr. Robin Smith, therapist, Dr. Massi Smith, podiatrist; actress/fitness expert A.J. Johnson and Natalie Mitchem, pastor and registered dietitian.

“African Americans have arrived unceremoniously at the most critical health crossroads in our history. It’s incumbent upon all of us to be proactive and generous in the spreading of information and increasing access,” said festival participant, Dr. Ian Smith.

“Doctor Day and the national buzz it generates are an important part of the solution in that they raise necessary awareness about a health crisis in this country that can have a profoundly detrimental effect on our very lives and those of future generations.”

Two parties with a purpose will be held on Friday. The WRNB Old School Basement Party will be held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, followed by the TJMS Old School Basement After Party from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring Chubb Rock, Monie Love, Dana Dane, Kwame and Special Ed.

Saturday highlights include a town hall session and a comedy show. The “State of Black Health” town hall will be hosted by BET’s T.J. Holmes at noon. The TJMS “Laughter is the Best Medicine” comedy show will be held from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. featuring Dominique, Damon Williams and Rodney Perry. Tickets to the comedy performance will only be given to those who come to the health festival either Friday or Saturday and pick up a party pass that’s good for two tickets to the show.

The event will be hosted by radio station WRNB-FM 100.3 which broadcasts TJMS, Hot 107.9 and Praise 103.9.

The TALOTTD initiative was launched in 2002 between the TJMS and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration. Since then Joyner has been encouraging his listeners to be proactive about their health by making appointments for themselves and a loved one to visit health professionals.


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