Faith communities and congregations will come together to discuss what they can do to improve health and wholeness in their local communities during the United Methodist Church Day of Health.

Sponsored by the General Board of Global Ministries, UMC Day of Health will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, which is located at 1548 Mt. Vernon Road.

The event is free but registrations are encouraged and available online.

Guest speakers will discuss United Methodist theology and how spiritual health is connected to physical well-being.

Churches and general agencies will share innovative ideas on how they are impacting local communities.

The event also features hands-on learning experiences with demonstrations like fitness fun, healthy cooking, HIV testing, and Hoop Your Way to Health.

In addition, healthcare professionals will also provide HIV screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations, and fitness fun.

“Since the 1700s when John Wesley rode across the English countryside toting the Primitive Physick, his book of practical medical advice for all people, health care has been of vital importance to Methodists,” said Sabrina Rodgers, U.S. health program manager for Global Ministries. ”Today, The United Methodist Church is working to bring better health to people in every place, from our own backyards to the world.”

Global Ministries and United Methodist Communications are launching Hulapalooza at the Day of Health.

This fun hula-hoop event will connect classic recreational activity to the Abundant Health initiative.

A hula-hoop class will be offered in the morning session for all hula-hoop enthusiasts.

All are welcome to attend Hulapalooza as part of the Abundant Health Fair from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

“To further The United Methodist Church’s commitment to creating abundant health for all, Global Ministries in partnership with the North Georgia Annual Conference, is bringing together local United Methodist churches, health care coordinators, general agency representatives, global health partners, and affiliates for the UMC Day of Health,” Rodgers added. “We hope you join us to learn about the difference Abundant Health can make right where you live.”

The goal of UMC Day of Health is to showcase the work of the many United Methodist churches and partners engaged in innovative projects and programs that improve the health of their congregations and local communities.

Guest speakers will include the following: Dr. John Blevins, acting director of the interfaith health program at Emory University; Bishop Sue Haupert-Johnson, resident bishop of the North Georgia Conference; Rev. Dan Brown, senior pastor at Dunwoody United Methodist Church; Bishop L. Jonathan Holston, resident bishop of the South Carolina Annual Conference; Poonam Patodia, chief marketing officer, United Methodist Communications; Thomas Kemper, General Secretary of Global Ministries; Rev. Kathy James, director of Connectional Ministries of the South Carolina Annual Conference; and Dr. Sara Wilcox, professor in the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina.

The event will also provide United Methodist churches with the tools and resources they need to successfully implement new health care programs and ministries in their congregations and communities.