Several organizations have joined forces to sponsor the 2010 tour stop of the BET Foundation’s (BETF) Women’s Health Symposium, a day-long event that brings Black women and their families together for health education, fitness, entertainment and more.

The day’s events will include a morning fitness warm-up and a fitness demonstration session, a “Hoop It Up for Health” basketball challenge, speech by actress Bern Nadette Stanis on healthy living and “G.L.O.W. – Straight Talk for Girls,” a workshop for teens.

The symposium is a national multi-city tour and will feature a performance by R&B singer Deborah Cox and appearances by celebrity fitness trainer Donna Richardson-Joyner, media commentator Jeff Johnson and public health expert Dr. Stephanie B. C. Bailey. In addition, there will be a drawing for tickets to the “2010 BET Celebration of Gospel” awards show.

Prior to the symposium, local community leaders and health experts will unite for the Spirit of the Heart: Community Leaders Forum to discuss healthcare issues facing local residents. The forum is sponsored by BETF and the Association of Black Cardiologists.

BETF, Honey Nut Cheerios Brand, the Association of Black Cardiologists, the Black Women’s Health Imperative, Prince George’s County and Holy Cross Hospital will sponsor the 2010 tour stop of the BETF Women’s Health Symposium. BETF is a non-profit organization created in 2003 to raise public awareness to the numerous health-related challenges within African-American communities.

The community forum takes place Aug. 20, 6-10 p.m., at the Greenbelt Marriott Hotel, 6400 Ivy Lane, Greenbelt, Md. The symposium takes place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 21 at Reid Temple AME Church, 11400 Glenn Dale Boulevard in Glenn Dale. For more information visit