"Without support and funding from Harvest, we would be unable to develop, promote and sustain initiatives to address health issues and work toward a healthier future for Martinsville and Henry County. "
- Barbara Jackman, Executive Director - MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness
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Coalition to celebrate women's health week

May 6, 2009

By TRISHA VAUGHAN - Bulletin Accent Writer

The Martinsville-Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness will again sponsor events to celebrate National Women’s Health Week May 10-16.

The second annual aerobic “jam” session will be held from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at Spencer-Penn Centre. The free event showcases aerobic exercise classes offered by the coalition. There will be 15-minute segments of each of the following: sculpt, abs, cardio, strength training, belly dancing, ball exercises, kickboxing, yoga and drums alive. There will also be prizes.

“It’s just a lot of fun” said Tara Martin, communications director for the coalition. The event is designed to encourage women to “get up and get active,” as well as to “support the women,” Martin said. She added that the event helps motivate women to exercise because there are others there doing it with them.

There will also be free health screenings. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 9, the screenings will be held at Temple of Christ, 1015 Fisher Farm Road, Martinsville; and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 16, they will be held at Granbery United Methodist Church, 200 Granbery Road, Axton. The screenings will test cholesterol, blood pressure and blood glucose

One of the reasons these events are important is that women tend to focus on others and neglect their own care, Martin said. Many women go to the doctor, “but they’re not eating right ... not being physically active,” she said.

The coalition hopes these programs will encourage women to change that.




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