The annual Health and Wellness Forum hosted by the Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) will be held on Saturday, September 29, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the South Regional Broward College Library located at 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33024.
The three hour Forum is free to the public, and is titled “Keep our Children Safe, Content and Self-Confident in Today’s World”. Participants will be engaged in discussions about the well-being of our children in what seems sometimes like a hostile building society.
A village to keep the children safe
In keeping with JWOF’s mission of personal development and healthy lifestyles, the President, Ms. Camille Edwards is encouraging the public to “come together to inspire and be inspired so as a village we can keep our children safe”. She further reiterated the need for parents, youth, educators, law enforcement and legal professionals, faith-based among other community leaders to come together and share a wealth of information to be provided by a panel of assembled experts across the South Florida community who are actively engaged in safeguarding our children and our communities at large.
The panelists will include Dr. Gregory Salters, transformational leadership and success coach; Ms. Shernette D. Grant, Director, Innovative Programs for Broward County Schools; Dr. Marsha Brown, psychologist; Ms. Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President/CEO, Children’s Services Council of Broward County; and moderator, Judge Norman Hemming, Chief federal Administrative Law Judge for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties.
Attendees at the Health and Wellness Forum will hear from those community leaders who are at the forefront of identifying the impact of varying issues on our community and how our children are being affected emotionally, psychologically and physically. These leaders will also share solutions and resources to assist the children through their impact. Some of the identified concerns are the rising number of school shootings, bullyism, families affected by drive-by shootings where children have been victims, suicide, changes in family structures, and academic choices among others.
The annual Health and Wellness conversations are an agenda item on the JWOF’s mission of community outreach. The event is now in its fifth year and continues to attract large audiences because of its meaningful exchange of information regarding the health and well-being affecting our families, adults and children alike. According to President Edwards “our aim is to keep our families aware of the varying topics that affect the state of our health and well-being, and is detrimental to community building and family values, especially as it affect our children.”
The forum will also include a question and answer period. Information booths will provide clinical and legal advice and guidelines on all aspects of care and prevention and how the community can play a part in restoring family values and safeguard guidelines to protect the communities and the general welfare of this State.