On April 7th, Drug-Free Tennessee is sponsoring “Nashville Celebrates World Health Day 2018.” The theme of the event this year as put forth by the World Health Organization is “Health for All,” and the city will celebrate with a program and concert from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at the Church of Scientology, 1130 8th Avenue South.
Vendors from several health related organizations will have information and health screenings available, Keith Floyd and the Music City Band will perform, and speakers and audio-visual presentations will highlight healthy living.
This is the fourth year Drug-Free Tennessee (DFT) has worked with the community to celebrate World Health Day. DFT is a chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World (FDFW), which has as its mission to educate people about the dangerous effects of drugs so they understand and can make informed choices on the subject. The Tennessee chapter provides educational materials free of charge to anyone working on drug prevention, and observes World Health Day as a vital point of awareness on the hazards of illegal and dangerous drugs.
Rev. Brian Fesler, pastor of the Nashville Church of Scientology and regional coordinator for Drug-Free Tennessee, says, “There is a need in our communities to educate everyone on how to be healthy—this includes staying away from illegal drugs, and there are many other aspects to health that people should know.”
Rev. Fesler says the event will feature video, music, interactive presentations and more to keep the audience engaged. “We’re helping people learn about being healthy in a fun, upbeat way,” he says.
In 1948, the World Health Organization (WHO) held the First World Health Assembly. The Assembly decided to celebrate April 7 of each year as World Health Day. World Health Day is held to mark WHO’s founding, and is seen as an opportunity by the organization to draw worldwide attention to a subject of major importance to global health each year. This year, the theme is #HealthForAll.