American Heart Association hosts health fair and concert

April 26, 2018

A registered nurse administers a blood pressure test to a health fair guest

The American Heart Association- Wisconsin held its annual “Most Powerful Voices Gospel Concert,” on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Parklawn Assembly of God Church. The day-long event also gave members of the community free blood pressure screening and the opportunity to learn more about health issues directly affecting the local community.

There were blood pressure screenings by nurses from Aurora Healthcare and Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, as well as tables full of important health and health care information from organizations such as the American Lung Association, United Way, the Social Development Commission, Hunger Task Force and many others from 3:00-5:00 p.m.

A free concert featuring local artists, such as Teej Boone, Curtis Eubanks and Anthony McGahee & Praise Motivated, warmed up the audience for national gospel recording artist VaShawn Mitchell. Throughout the concert, health messages were inserted throughout the performances.

Stacy Amstadt, communications director for the American Heart Association, said more than 1,500 members of the community participated in the health fair with 120 of those receiving a free blood pressure check. One person whose blood pressure was checked had such a dangerously high reading that an appointment with a physician was arranged on the spot for the following week, according to Amstadt.