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Dr. Jenkins practices what he preaches at Livingstone Health Fair

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SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

The president of one local college saw part of his vision for the school come true Wednesday afternoon.

Dr. Jimmy Jenkins of Livingstone College in Salisbury says the African-American community has a unique challenge when it comes to obesity, and that in turn impacts quality of life and health-care costs.

"I've come over here today to get my bmi and get my tests so that I can also be given advice on what to do to maintain a healthy body," Jenkins told WBTV.

So what kind of shape is Dr. Jenkins in? That will be revealed that at the bottom of the story, but right now, understand what happened on the Livingstone College campus on Wednesday.

"Okay, you were 130 over 80, which is not bad," RN Shelia Prevatte told one Livingstone worker as she checked his blood pressure.

It's a health fair for faculty and staff, and since the president is such a big believer in it, participation was outstanding.

"We've concentrated on obesity as our number one issue, because that is a chronic kind of ailment that plagues minorities, particularly African-Americans," Jenkins added.

Jenkins blames a lack of education on good habits, so health professionals brought out the dramatic props

to show the impact of an unhealthy lifestyle with a focus on obesity.

"Diabetes, blindness, hypertension, a lot of those that spin off from obesity," said Jenkins.

Advice given today, could change lives tomorrow, and in the case of Dr. Jenkins, a good report is always encouraging.

"I asked her am I going to live, she said well, you know, as far as I can tell," Jenkins said, followed by a hearty laugh.

Students at Livingstone also have to take part in a wellness program, and Dr. Jenkins says it's part of the holistic approach to education that includes more than academic knowledge.

Jenkins says 71% of Livingstone students are first generation college students, and he believes they will be the "agents of change" for their communities and families.

There is also a practical aspect to the health fair in that Dr. Jenkins says healthy employees keep costs down and productivity up.

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