9th Annual Week of Healthy Living to focus on “Body, Mind and Soles”

by | Apr 19, 2013 | Featured

May 3–10

Jewish Family Service of Tidewater’s 9th Annual Week of Healthy Living will feature events and activities that promote wellness threefold: body, mind and “soles.” For the body, there is a program on Jewish genetic diseases. For the mind, there will be a program on brain health. And for the “soles,” there’s the 9th Annual Run, Roll or Stroll for both runners and walkers.

The Week of Healthy Living is the largest fundraiser for JFS.

“The mission of JFS is to promote quality of life within the philosophy and tradition of Judaism,” says Betty Ann Levin, JFS executive director. “We believe the Week of Healthy Living brings this mission to life as we engage members of the community in health education programming and healthy activities to maximize quality of life.”

TowneBank is the Week of Healthy Living’s Presenting Sponsor; Diamond Sponsors are the Lee and Bernard Jaffe* Family Fund of the Tidewater Jewish Foundation, the Copeland/ Klebanoff Families and Congressman and Mrs. Scott Rigell.

The week’s activities include:

Race Expo and Packet Pickup Friday, May 3, 8 am–4 pm Simon Family JCC
Participants of the Run, Roll or Stroll can pick up their packets early, enabling them to sleep in a little longer on race day. There will also be onsite registration for the race. Exhibitors and vendors will also be on hand at the Race Expo. Whole Foods Market will provide food demonstrations at 9 and 11:30 am (*times tentative).

9th Annual Run, Roll or Stroll Sunday, May 5 Neptune’s Park 31st Street in Virginia Beach
The event features an 8K Run, 5K Run/ Walk and 1 Mile Run/Walk on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk with the Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop.

Event Times: 6:45–7:45 am: Registration 8:00 am: 8K Run and 5K Run/Walk 9:15 am: 1 Mile Run/Walk 9:30 am: Post-Race Party

Entercom Norfolk is the media sponsor again this year. Don London of 2WD Radio will emcee the event and provide musical entertainment, contests and prizes throughout the morning.

To register and learn more details, visit www.jfsrunrollorstroll.org.

For those who don’t want to run or walk but would like to help, there’s the option to be a “Virtual Walker,” or fundraiser. “Being a Virtual Walker is as simple as sending a few emails to your friends and family asking them to donate any amount of money in support of JFS,” says Levin. “It’s an easy way to do a good deed, without even sweating!” For information on becoming a Virtual Walker, contact Jennifer Adut at 757-321-2240. Soles4Souls: JFS will be accepting new and like-new shoes for the Soles4Souls program at the race.

Soles4Souls facilitates the delivery of shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. For more information, visit www.soles4souls.org.

Give Your Brain a Check-Up Robert M. Palmer, MD, MPH Tuesday, May 7, 12 pm Simon Family JCC

Most check-ups at the doctor’s office focus on the body and how it is functioning. But brain health is also important; playing an important role thinking, feeling, working, playing, remembering—and even sleeping. Robert M. Palmer, MD, MPH will discuss things to do to keep your brain healthy and active and will dispel common myths.

Dr. Palmer is the director of the Glennan Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology at Eastern Virginia Medical School, as well as the John Franklin chair and professor of Internal Medicine at EVMS.

The program is sponsored by Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Dozoretz. It is free; lunch provided by Beth Sholom Village; preregistration is required. Call 321-2222 or register at http://tinyurl.com/WOHLEvents. Transportation is available in Norfolk and Virginia Beach for this program only. Call Duane Aikman at 321-2241, to arrange transportation.

What’s In Your Genes? Faye L. Shapiro, MS, CGC and Steven Warsof, MD. Wednesday, May 8, 7 pm

One in four Jews is a carrier for at least one of 19 preventable Jewish genetic diseases. It is important that Jewish people of Eastern European descent know about their risk for being a carrier of a gene mutation for one of these diseases so they can make more informed reproductive decisions.

Faye L. Shapiro, MS, CGC and Steven Warsof, MD will discuss Jewish genetic diseases, including the importance of and what’s involved in genetic screenings and how to interpret the results.

We are thrilled to present this program on a very important topic for Jewish people in our community,” says Levin. “Young adults should attend to learn the importance of being screened as he or she considers starting a family. It’s also important for parents and grandparents to understand the value of the genetic screening to be able to communicate this information to their children and grandchildren.”

Steven Warsof, MD, is professor of the Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Department of OB-GYN, at Eastern Virginia Medical School. He is also the medical director of Tidewater Perinatal Center.

Faye L. Shapiro, MS, CGC, is a certified genetic counselor at the Victor Center for the Prevention of Jewish Genetic Diseases, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. Lois Victor, the founder of the Victor Center, lost two children to a Jewish genetic disease. She founded the Victor Center as a result of her passion to ensure that no family endures the heartache of a preventable illness.

The program is free, but pre-registration is required. Call 321-2222 or register at http://tinyurl.com/WOHLEvents.

Blood Drive and Free Health Screenings Thursday, May 9, 12–6 pm Simon Family JCC

Nurses from JFS’ Home Health department will perform blood pressure checks, while JFS physical therapists conduct balance screenings. During a balance screening, the therapist assesses risk factors for falling and provides education about balance and the importance of maintaining flexibility and strength.

The blood drive will take place in the JCC Cafeteria. JFS has a goal of receiving 35 pints of blood for the American Red Cross blood drive. Blood donors will be automatically entered to win one of three $1,000 gift cards from the American Red Cross.

To schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org and use code SFJCC.

Eat for a Cause!

Two opportunities to enjoy great food while supporting JFS are:

During the entire month of April, Bite Restaurant will donate 10% of guests’ total check to JFS when they mention “JFS Week of Healthy Living” to their server. Bite is located at 440 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk. Visit www.enjoybite.com.

Visit No Frill Grill (Hilltop location) April 29–May 10 and order the Tuscan Chicken Salad and JFS will receive the proceeds. No Frill Grill is located at 1621 Laskin Road in Virginia Beach. Visit www.nofrillgrill.com.

*of blessed memory

Jewish Family Service is a constituent agency of United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.