Village Heart B.E.A.T., Building Education and Accountability Together is designed to promote better heart health awareness and to enhance community resources in a coordinated health care service model to address obesity and heart disease awareness among African American and the Hispanic populations. The free fitness program is aimed at a fun healthy competition among competing faith-based congregations, each with a team of 10 participants accepting the challenge to lowering their heart disease risk factors.

“Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve. You don’t have to know about Plato and Aristotle to serve. You don’t have to know Einstein’s “Theory of Relativity” to serve. You don’t have to know the Second Theory of Thermal Dynamics in Physics to serve. You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love, and you can be that servant.”

Excerpted from “The Drum Major Instinct”, a sermon by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., 1968