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Mount Vernon Hill Church, Ohio Conference, Knox Community Hospital, New Start Lifestyle Program

Mount Vernon Hill Church Runs Community Health Fair

Story by Kasper Haughton Jr. 

Earlier this year, the Hill church in Mount Vernon offered a free community health fair. Working alongside the Knox Community Hospital, the church’s Personal Ministries team coordinated more than 60 Hill church members to offer the NEW START Lifestyle Program to the local community.

Members ran booths with food demonstrations, grip strength analysis, body fat analysis, peak air flow testing, health age appraisals, chair massages, hydrotherapy and drunk buster goggles.

Members also gave informational talks on a variety of subjects: growing sprouts, plant-based milk and yogurt making, charcoal poultices, blood testing, and blood pressure. They also demonstrated life-saving techniques and rebounding exercises with mini-trampolines.

The Mount Vernon Aviators—the local Pathfinder club—also got involved, directing parking and offering vegetarian hot dogs, popcorn and healthy desserts to guests. Visitors also enjoyed door prizes and free spiritual books and media.

Kandy Light, Personal Ministries director, says, “Our goal was to emulate Christ and to mingle with the people as one who desires their good. Mission accomplished!”


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