Smith Bios Group gives tutorial on how to be more healthy
By Caitlin Boland

The crowd listens as the Rev. Antonio Smith addresses issues such as high blood pressure, diabetes and other health issues.
The Smith Bios Group, composed of the Rev. Antonio Smith and Minister Pam Smith, were guests at Springfield Baptist Church on Sept. 30.
The Smith Bios Group, of North Carolina, provided a workshop for the community to spread the word about kidney disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other health issues in a church setting while Antonio Smith shared his personal health testimony.
The group was established in 2015 to bring awareness to chronic kidney disease and its leading causes -- diabetes and high blood pressure.
“We feel led by God to take our message of hope to the masses,” Antonio Smith said.
Antonio Smith addressed the crowd at Springfield as his wife was unable to attend. He began by talking about high blood pressure, saying that high blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of the arteries that carry the blood from the heart to other parts of the body.
“The doctor is not your boss,” Smith said. “You need to be honest with your doctor. If something is going on in your body and you’re telling him what’s going on and he’s ignoring it, you need to find another doctor.”
Smith said high blood pressure causes health problems that include heart disease and stroke -- the two leading causes of death in America.
“It has a lot to do with what we eat,” Smith said.
In Georgia, 75 million people, or 36.2 percent, have high blood pressure. Smith said that is higher than the rate in the United States, which is 32 percent. He added that high blood pressure is the number one risk factor for death in women in America.
“My question is what are we doing about it?” Smith said. “That alone should get someone’s attention.”
Smith said approximately 54 percent with high blood pressure have their condition under control.
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