Monday, June 23, 2014

Wellness in Hunters Point, San Francisco and Oakland

 YMCA Hunters Point/Bay View Wellness Director Michael Bennett and Marvin X
"The most revolutionary act a Black Man can perform is lose thirty pounds," says Geoffery Grier.

YMCA Hunters Point/Bay View Wellness Director Michael Bennett and Marvin X. Marvin is a member of the YMCA. Michael promises to get him back in shape, partly the result of his sedentary lifestyle, but laziness too. One can have bad habits and good habits, it takes the same energy. So increase the good habits and downsize the bad habits. I believe in the Harm Reduction Model, i.e., if you must do bad habits, try to keep one's balance, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Reduce the harm to yourself, family and community. If you insist of doing toxic things, we must detox to neutralize the effect of the toxicity, whatever it is, whether drugs, alcohol, sex, white supremacy, religion, ideological dogmatism. I go to the gym. I am doing light workout. I love the steam room, jacuzi and swimming pool. Even if I only wiggle my legs in the water, it is better than no exercise at all.
"The most revolutionary act a Black Man can perform is 

lose thirty pounds," says Geoffery Grier.

Health and Wellness Program
Stay in Shape
Summer Events
MLK Park Clean-up*
in cooperation with Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco
Saturday, June 28, 2014
*please note the location change to MLK Park
(it will NOT be at Youngblood Coleman Park)
Location: MLK Park and Playground, SF
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Self-Care Day with BMAGIC
Friday, July 11, 2014
Location: the Presidio
Time: Register at the BVHP Y at 10:00 am
Leave BVHP Y at 10:30 am
Community Trailhead Walk
in collaboration with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Time:  Leave BVHP Y at 10:00 am
San Francisco Marathon
Volunteers Needed to help at the BVHP Y Water Station
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Location: Meet at the BVHP Y
Time:  TBA
For more information, please contact:
Michael Bennett, BVHP Y Director of Physical Activity and Nutrition,
at 415-794-9274 or

Wellness in Oakland

Registration Ends: 
5th Annual Job & Health Fair Friday, June 27th, 2014, from 11am-3pm, at the Center of Hope Community Church, located at 8411 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, California

Event Details

The E.C. Reems Community Services & Healthy Communities would like to invite you to be a part of our 5th Annual Job & Health Fair, entitled, “Live Life The Way You Imagined, “Healthy and Employed”. E.C. Reems Community services would like to help eliminate or minimize employment barriers. However, doing so requires new ways of looking at old issues relating to attitudes and behaviors, as well as fresh ways of communicating individual strengths to employers.

E.C. Reems Community Services has remained committed and resilient to educating and empowering individuals though out the community. Please check us out this Friday, June 27th, 2014, from 11am-3pm, at the Center of Hope Community Church, located at 8411 MacArthur Blvd., Oakland, California.

E.C. Reems Community Services will provide health tips, introduce the community to employers, discuss ongoing health issues and share resources to keep individuals in the community, particularly the economically and socially disenfranchised population informed about health and employment.

  • Visit with local federal and/or state agencies to receive information and talk with representatives about health care, medical benefits, education, housing, employment opportunities and more;
  • Visit with local employers about job opportunities;
    • Leave resumes and/or job applications with employers;
    • Have a short interview with employers about your job skills
  • Apply for state and federal benefits
  • Receive information and talk with representatives about loans, health care, and education benefits
  • And much more!

Of course, none of this would be possible, without supporters like you. We are grateful for your support and appreciate the trust it reflects. We look ahead to a year of unparalleled stakes for workers, their health and the economy overall.

Registration is FREE to all job & health seekers. We welcome the opportunity to partner with you on such a worthy cause.

For more information or to register as a Vendor for this 5th Annual Job & Health Fair, please visit us at or email

Rev. Blandon Reems,  authors Aries Jordan, Toya Carter and Marvin X make spiritual wellness visit to Alameda County Juvenile Hall bearing books for the youth. Book project was supported by Paul Cobb and the Post Newspaper Group. Marvin X's planned 27 city tour of the Black Arts Movement Poets Choir and Arkestra, will have a holistic health and wellness component. 


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