Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ward 7 Leaves Ward 8 in the Dust

Yes, as a yogi I am actually encouraging a competition! I fully support Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander's challenge to Ward 7 to live a healthier lifestyle by following her exercise and health regime throughout the community.

Alexander said in a recent press release, “Not only am I challenging myself but I am also putting the call out to residents of Ward 7 and the District of Columbia to join me on this journey.”

I met Alexander during the summer and she is a very friendly, funny and energetic leader. She advocates for health and sets a great tone for the health revolution East of the River. Alexander also constantly keeps Ward 7 informed through online newsletters, listserve notices, mailings and a facebook page. The Ward 7 Health Council frequently hosts meetings and even launches real (not phony) health programs.

Now, Ward 8 on the other-hand, sadly seems to lag in the health race. I have constantly called, emailed and blogged questions about the Ward 8 Health Council, yet never heard a thing. Beyond the new Spirit Anacostia Health and Wellness Center, there doesn't seem to be much advocating for a healthy grocery store or an organic food coop from anyone on the Ward 8 Health Council. And as far as communication, I don't think the Ward 8 website has been updated since 2006!

Progress in Ward 8 will stall without a physical, social and environmental health movement. We will continue to see the stagnation in development and a low energy among the Ward 8 residents until health becomes a priority. Ward 8 could learn alot from Ward 7 by simply putting health as a priority and at least email me back!

Ward 8 residents, don't let Ward 7 get all the glory! Call the Councilmember, write letters, and demand better services for your community.

Office of Councilmember Marion Barry
Council of the District of Columbia
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 724-8045

or Call Yvette Alexander and support her health challenge in Ward 7!

Office of Councilmember Yvette Alexander
Office: 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue,
Suite 400, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Tel: (202) 724-8068
Fax: (202) 741-0911

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