JAKE WHEATLEY speaks to the crowd. (Photos by J.L. Martello)
State Rep. Jake Wheatley hosted a Health and Wellness Weekend with an array of interactive events designed to increase health awareness and motivate participants to live an active, sustainable and healthier lifestyle.
“I urge everyone to come to at least one of these events. While the coverage and improvements provided under the Affordable Care Act will help many people to live healthier lives, there are also many things most of us can and should do for ourselves, too,” Wheatley said. “These events are intended for residents from ALL neighborhoods of the 19th Legislative District.”
HEALTH FOOD—As part of being healthy, Jamie Jones made some healthy lasagna. She’s in this photo with the seafood lasagna and she also brought out turkey lasagna.
Wheatley’s district includes historic Pittsburgh neighborhoods such as the Hill District, North Side, South Side, Allentown, Hazelwood, Downtown, the Bluff, Knoxville, Beltzhoover, Manchester, Arlington, Arlington Heights, and West, South and North Oakland.
There was the 5K UPHill Walk/Run in the Hill District, culminating with Wheatley’s annual Community Appreciation Day, featuring free food, children’s activities, a jobs fair, line-dancing with DJ extraordinaire Roland Ford, a step exhibition, a spoken-word poetry slam and live local entertainment from the African American Institute Jazz Band. The Thelma Lovette YMCA hosted a Health Expo, offering health screenings, vendors, cooking demonstrations, a children’s obstacle course, a rock-climbing wall, equipment and class orientations, a live DJ, a mural painting for families and kids, kayaking information and Health Jeopardy.
YOUNG BUSINESS PEOPLE—Nyla Jackson 5 and Thomas Key 7 from the Hill District make bracelets.