Local church’s Medical Ministry hosts “Heart Awareness Day”

JACKSON, Tenn. — One local church is working to keep their members’ hearts healthy, both spiritually and physically.

Patients of all ages stopped in at New Saint Luke’s Missionary Baptist Church after their service for a quick heart checkup.

“We want people to be aware that they can live a healthy life and they can do things to improve themselves,” Dr. Kevin Turner with the Medical Ministry said.

This Sunday at Saint Luke’s, their Medical Ministry allowed members of their congregation to come in for free blood pressure checks as a part of heart awareness month, and they say it’s their mission for their congregation to have healthy hearts.

“The Medical Ministry’s purpose is not only for the church members but also for the community at large to increase the knowledge of health issues,” Dr. Turner said.

The Medical Ministry is made up of doctors, social workers, nurses, pharmacists, insurance agents, and other health care employees.

“Who all come together in order to give members a more complete picture about their health care needs and services and their available out there for them,” the Medical Ministry’s Deacon Dr. Marshall Banks added.

Many of the members who took advantage of the heart awareness day said the ministry allows them to know when to go to their doctor.

“We have so many skills here with New Saint Luke that we can use this without having to necessarily go to a doctor’s appointment,” patient Shirley Marshall said. “To have all of this skill available free is tremendous here.”

The Medical Ministry has been around for 10 years with around 50 different volunteers.

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