By Kael Anderson, President, Southwest Neighborhood Assembly

Wellness Works! Healthy U Series

This June 2 event will feature a keynote presentation on “Taking Charge of Our Health: We Need a Revolution,” by Dr. Marilyn Hughes Gaston (physician) and Dr. Gayle K. Porter (clinical psychologist), Co-Founders and Co-Directors, Gaston and Porter Health Improvement Center, Inc. The event will be interactive, with cooking demonstrations, samples and recipes. Simple techniques to reduce stress, enjoyable physical activity and giveaways will also be featured. Free lunch and childcare will be provided. Sat., June 2, 10 am to 2:30 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 400 Eye Street, SW.

The series will continue with additional workshops. Learn more and register at the Wellness Works! kick-off on June 2. Seating is limited. The following two-hour sessions focused on core areas of wellness are on Sat., June 9 (nourishment), Sat., June 16 (fitness) and Sat., June 23 (stress management).

Workshops are coordinated by Smith Center for Healing and the Arts. The event is co-sponsored by the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly and the World Bank-International Monetary Fund Staff African American Association. Wellness Works! is funded by a grant from CareFirst Blue Cross/Blue Shield. For information or registration, contact Thelma Jones at or (202) 488-3746.


In partnership with Southwest community leaders, members of the Community Justice Project at Georgetown Law School and the Lombardi Center’s Office of Minority Health at Georgetown Medical School have been helping address the environmental concerns expressed by our community. In response to the prevailing concern of idling tour buses in Southwest, the students are spearheading an initiative to stop the illegal practice.

You can help by signing the petition calling on DC government to stop the idling buses and enforce the anti-idling law at

If you have any questions, leave a message or text the students at (202) 596-6204 or send an email to

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