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Health, wellness weekend expands to Hilltop


Last updated 9/5/2016 at 6:18pm

State Rep. Jake Wheatley, 19th Legislative District, is presenting the Fourth Annual Health and Wellness Weekend: “Faith Hope & Love” from Sept. 8-11.

The event will kick off with an opening night reception, “Healthy Mind, Body, & Soul,” on Thursday, Sept. 8, 6-8 p.m. at the Pittsburgh Project, 2801 N Charles Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15214.

The reception will facilitate an open dialogue about the many effects of mental illness and provide expert advice and resources to assist members of the community. Special guests include: Dr. Ray Logan, Malcom Thomas, Demetta Benjamin, Erica Upshaw-Givner and comedian Terry Jones.

A Networking Mixer, “Like a Boss,” on Friday, Sept. 9 from 5:30-7:30 p.m., celebrates entrepreneurs in the 19th Legislative District. The mixer will take place at the Culture Lounge, 130 7th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.

The UpHill 5K Run/Ride/Walk will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10 from 6 a.m. to noon beginning at Freedom Corner with Grand Marshall Chris Edmonds of ATU. Registration begins at 7 a.m .; the bike ride at 8:30 a.m .; and, the run/walk at 9:30 a.m. To register, visit

For more information or questions about the UpHill 5K, contact Jamie younger at 412-471-7760.

The annual Community Appreciation Day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. at Kennard Field. The day includes: three-on-three basketball tournament; lunch provided by Ujamaa Collective; Soul Raydio Shailen Abram; a mime group; Hip Hop Aerobics with Big Weave; Sankofa Village African Dance; COL Jazz and Krunk Movement.

Awardees will also be acknowledged and prizes awarded during the day.

The Health and Wellness Weekend will also include a H.E.A.L. Health Expo for African American Living on Sunday, Sept. 11 at Warrington Recreation Center, 329 E. Warrington Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15210.

Beginning at 1 p.m. and extending to 4 p.m., the day will feature health screenings, cooking demonstrations and arts and crafts. In addition, there will be an obstacle course with interactive workout activities.

Entertainment will include a kids rap group, a performance by South Side Cheerleaders, Formula 412 and line dancing with Roland Ford.

The afternoon will end with prize giveaways.

For more information, contact Rep. Wheatley’s The People’s Office at 412-471-7760.


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