HEART WALK: Event promotes healthy lifestyle

Published 3:00 am Friday, February 28, 2020

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The 2020 Pike County Heart Walk got the heart pumping through a variety of activities including walks around the upper track and Zumba on the court.

The court featured booths from several health and wellness organizations in the community as well as booths with information about heart health.

And while residents browsed the tables and walked the track, Troy Recreation Center’s jump club put on a demonstration of how healthy it is to jump rope.

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Participants were also led in dances to get moving on the floor while everyone awaited a heart healthy meal and the revealing of door prizes.

“This event has been going on a long time now and I’ve been coming own to share health and wellness information with the community,” said Kelly Mitchell, vice president f the American Heart Association Georgia and North Florida Division. “Our mission is to be a relentless force for a world of longer, healthier lives. Years ago it used to be about mending people, putting people back together; but we have evolved into focusing on teaching people in their youth to prevent heart disease. About 80 percent of heart disease is preventable.

Mitchell said people need to realize how serious hearth health is – heart disease kills more people than the top six cancers combined, she said.

Tracey Davis of the Pike County Heart Board thanked sponsors for making the event possible and contributing to heart health research.

Bronze sponsors were Pee Wees Towing and Colllision Repair, Baker Metal, Jack Walters Paint Company, Troy Paint and Body, Beckett Insurance Agency, Jean’s Flowers, Brooks Salon, Synco Drug, Insurance Solutions Group, Express Oil Change, Hook’s BBQ, Brundidge Electronics Corporation, Kelly’s Tire, Ups Store #2803, State Farm – Bernice Gracey, Mike Shelton – State Farm, Wilton D Mcrae, Jones Medical Suppy,         Montgomery Cardiovascular Associates, St Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Pike Communications A1 Services, Max and Arlene Davis, Judy Chancey, Jack & Maryann Norton, Murphree Bridge Corporation, Cox Container, the Witherington Insurance Group, Neighborhood Team, Banks Middle School

Silver sponsors were South Alabama Electric, First National Bank, Pike Internal Medicine, Earles Glass, First Baptist Church, Noble Manor, Pike County Education Retirees Association, Byrd Drug Company, Boutwell Floor Covering; Haisten, Shipman & Wiggins, Pc; Wayne Farms, Wayne Farms – Pecan Money, and Mayor Jason Reeves

Gold sponsors were Airtek, Wiley Sanders Truck Lines, Sanders Lead, KW Plastics Recycling Division, and KW Plastics

Horn Beverage Company, Lyncoach, Troy Rotary Club, City Of Troy, Piggly Wiggly #134, Piggly Wiggly #130, Hertitage Ridge, St. Mark’s Espical Church

Platinum Sponsors Were Walmart 7019, Troy Cablevision, Troy Bank And Trust, Lockheed Martin, William White, Park Memorial United Methodist Men’s Club, Heaven Sent In Memorial Of Johnny Huffman