Community Presentation with Uzo @ Allen Temple Baptist Church

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Topic: Exercise & Physical Health

Location: Allen Temple Baptist Church Oakland CA

Date & Time: Thursday, February 7 10:30-11:30 am

Presenter: Uzo Nwankpa MSN, RN 

You are invited to attend the  Samuel Merritt University Community Learning Forum at Allen Temple Baptist Church Oakland CA. 

The Community Learning Forum (CLF) is an annual series of health education seminars that were developed by  Richard Rocco & Christina Lewis Phd  in 2011. The series is offered monthly to residents of the Oakland community and is intended to enhance public awareness of primary health matters.

Motion, Music and Mindfulness  – The 3 M’s to Thrive!

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“Woman Spirit Rising” ~ by Marie Southard

Motion, Music and Mindfulness  – The 3 M’s to Thrive!

October 19, 12-1pm

Samuel Merritt University 

400 Hawthorne HEC 311 (3rd Floor)

Presented by Uzo Nwankpa, MSN, RN – Community/ Public Health Nursing Instructor, RN to BSN program & Founder of The Uzo Method Project 

Learn to create mind, body and soul harmony on a moment by moment basis using the 3 M’s to Thrive concept. Connect the ancient soul with the body using a combination of intentional movement, music and the breath that stimulate the energy centers. Be prepared to move the body!

Tope Ojeme chats with Uzo on Radio Nigeria- Nigerian Pride

Tune in to Radio Nigeria to listen to Uzo Nwankpa on the Nigeria pride program with Tope Ojeme.

Air time: May 2nd Tuesday 2:30pm Nigeria Time

(3:30 AM EST|6:30 AM PST| 7:30 AM MT)

Stream Live

Nigerian Pride-Radio Nigeria 

“A spotlight on Nigerians in the Diaspora who are living exemplary lives, thereby serving as worthy ambassadors of the Country” Radio Nigeria

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Pic: Uzo Nwankpa posing with The Uzo Method Project team in Enugu Nigeria

The Uzo Method Project in Nigeria

I (Uzo) have been in Africa for the past few months traveling through cities and countries  surveying the region for possible social and economic development opportunities. While in Enugu visiting my parents, every morning, I jog around the infamous Okpara Square in Independence Layout.

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To my pleasant surprise, there is a large number of people who come out to exercise. The park is closed to the public however, the people have been resilient through police raids, arrests, tear gas pollution and other attempts to remove them from public property. The motivated locals set up as early as 6am daily on side walks to conduct their fitness business.

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Rad Jogging club that uses live instruments as a “pod piper” to draw people in to jog with them 

They even use gravel filled recycled water bottles for weights and prayer mats for floor work. I approached Emeka, one of the fitness coaches and asked if he would be willing to share his group with me. I explained that I have numerous years of group fitness experience and would love to volunteer my time supporting motivated people in my hometown. He agreed to test it out. It has been 6 weeks now and the participants are enjoying themselves.

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Fitness Coach Emeka

One participant stated “I was attracted to this group because I have not yet seen a female coach around here”. This was exciting for me to see and observe her feedback. She was right. There were many independent groups (mostly women participants) led by men who they call sports coach but no female instructor in sight.

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The amazing team ” Rockstars” that allowed me to crash their training session 

We meet daily at 6:30am for an hour using AFAA standards. The format that I use is as follows

  • Warm up and stretch
  • Low impact, low intensity exercises
  • Low impact, high intensity exercises
  • High impact, high intensity exercises
  • High Impact, low intensity exercises
  • Low impact, low intensity exercises
  • Weight training and Floor Work
  • Cool down and stretch

The participants are also connected via the app “Whatsaap” to remind their friends to attend or to update the team on their progress.

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This positive experience with Enugutians has inspired me to move forward with my dream of expanding the Uzo Method Project into Africa.

I have been thinking about this for a while and I have decided to move forward with this burning desire.

The Uzo Method Project Nigeria 

Vision 

To promote wellness and prevent illness from a human ecology perspective. 

Mission

To create the opportunity for education using the appropriate knowledge and skills necessary to stay healthy in the mind, body and spirit.

This project in the Nigerian region will focus on wellbeing using fitness, nutrition, the arts, indigenous practices and economic sustainability practices. We need to work at wellbeing at the individual, family, community and societal level. It takes the individual to spark the change needed but the environment has to be conducive and supportive to thrive.

If you are interested in becoming a part of this process, please contact Uzo at nwankpa@gmail.com for more details.

 

Post War Trauma- A time to heal

Osisioma Foundation Reunion

Post War Trauma- A time to heal     

The voice of an Igbo woman in the Diaspora

Speech presented by 

Guest Speaker – Uzo Nwankpa, MSN-PH, BSN, RN

The Osisioma Foundation is dedicated to the Economic, Social and Political Agenda that TOUCH LIVES.

Wednesday Mar 23rd 2016

@ Standard Plaza, Opposite Crunches

Onitsha- Enugu Express Way

Awka, Anambra State

Nigeria, West Africa

 

Nga Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau

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NAU MAI HAERE MAI KI TE HUI A NGA MAIA KI TAMAKI MAKAURAU 

KAUPAPA FOR OUR NEXT HUI 

WHERE: NZCOM Auckland Region Resource Centre,

Yarnton House, 14 Erson Ave, Royal Oak, Auckland

WHEN: Wednesday 9th December 2015, 1800 – 2130 

1800 – 1930 

Committee meeting and regional business hui

Nga Maia ki Tamaki Makaurau members welcome

1930 – 2130 

Regional hui and guest speaker presentation

All midwives, students and whānau welcome

Christmas Hui – Highlights of 2015, looking forward to 2016 and special end of year Guest Speaker 

UZO NWANKPA 

MSN-PH, BSN, RN and 2015 Caroline Plummer Fellow 

“The Uzo Method for Therapeutic Movement, Song and Dance”

Please bring a plate of kai to share

Enquiries to

Megan Tahere: 027 3669358 or Kaniwa Kupenga: 021 02891937

Maternal and Child Wellbeing Through Music and Dance- A Day Workshop

CCHR Workshop F2

Hosted by Auckland University of Technology, Centre for Child Health Research 

Presented by Uzo Nwankpa MSN-PH, BSN, RN

When: 9am-4pm Thursday Dec 3rd, 2015

Where: AUT South Campus MD, 210

This full day seminar is a day of music, dance, research findings and shared conversations about how healthcare providers can help support the wellbeing of new mothers, babies and families during the prenatal and postnatal phases of life.

Manukau Campus is situated at 640, Great South Road, Manukau. Only metresaway from the Southern Motorway and a 5 minute walk to Manukau CBD.

Due to limited number of participants –first come first serve basis: Required RSVP amor.hirao@aut.ac.nz (09) 921-9999 ext7790

CCHR Workshop F3

 

 

Caroline Plummer Community Dance Project Dunedin, New Zealand 

Starting next week, we will begin our 8 week sessions of music and dance with new mothers and their babies. Free of charge. Expect to have a great time with, connect with other parents, get in touch with your creativity and learn about healing through movement.

Monday’s and Tuesdays at 3pm at the Dunedin Parents Centre


Wednesday’s at 11am at the Halfway Bush Playgroup.

Looking forward to it.

Community Dance Classes Dunedin New Zealand

One of the most exciting things I get to do is bring the flavor of my homeland to New Zealand. For 8 weeks starting next week, we will move and groove to the rhythms of Africa to stay warm in cold Dunedin. I cannot wait to dance with you all. See you there.  

Wednesday Afrobeats July 15 @ 4pm

Friday Afro-Dizzy-ak (Aphrodesiac

July 17th @12:10pm 

665 Cumberland Street

3rd floor dance studio

Cost: Koha (Donation)