Joshua Chapel AME Church will be the site for the first Be Healthy Live Healthy wellness event sponsored by Bloom Where You’re Planted ministry. The cost of the event is $10 and is scheduled to  kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28. It will feature guest speaker Bridgette Collins, who is an author and fitness coach from Dallas.

Director of Bloom Where You’re Planted Aletta Tankersley said the focus of the event is to encourage members of the community to become more health conscious.

“We want to see people begin to implement healthy living in their daily lives,” Tankersley said. “We understand that education is the beginning of that process. That is why we have chosen to invite fitness coach Bridgette (Collins) to be the guest speaker for this event.”

Collins is the owner of Total Innovative Wellness Solutions, a consulting firm that provides individuals and organizations with strategic solutions for implementing and sustaining healthy lifestyle habits.

Through MAC Fitness and Origins Publishing Company, subsidiaries of Total Innovative Wellness Solutions, LLC, she introduces innovative and creative resources for achieving well-being and physical fitness to help her clients gain traction on disease prevention and management.

“I want to encourage all of those who cross my path to find purpose, peace and a passion for living by pushing and positioning themselves,” Collins said. “Pursue your goals, but go beyond them. Never give up.”

She inspires others by sharing her journey of going from the couch to becoming a marathon runner.

“It’s all about moving your lifestyle habits in a different direction.”

Collins is a certified personal trainer through Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is also a certified running coach through Road Runners Club of America, and has been an avid runner for more than 20 years participating in a number of marathon races.

For more information about Bridgette Collins, visit her website at For more information about the wellness event or to purchase tickets, contact Aletta Tankersley at

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