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Live Healthy Gwinnett takes flight

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Eastside Medical Center and Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation recently announced its partnership for Live Healthy Gwinnett, encouraging and engaging Gwinnett County residents to invest in personal wellness.

According to a 2013 report from the Trust for America”s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Georgia ranked the 20th most obese state, with a 26 percent rate for adults in Gwinnett County. The 2013 Gwinnett County Health Department Community Health Assessment states, “Gwinnett”s current obesity rate of 26 percent places a quarter of the adult population at higher risk for serious conditions like diabetes, heart disease, cancer, osteoarthritis, respiratory problems, and stroke.”

“We are taking a proactive wellness approach to address the preventable chronic illnesses that impact individuals of Gwinnett County,” said Kim Ryan, CEO of Eastside Medical Center. “People can significantly reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases by making simple lifestyle changes: eating healthy, increasing physical activity and reducing stress.”

Live Healthy Gwinnett combines clinical expertise from Eastside Medical Center physicians and staff along with wellness recommendations and activities offered by Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation. This initiative will focus on four overall wellness areas: Be active, Eat Healthy, Get Checked and Be Positive.

According to the  2013 Gwinnett County Health Department Community Health Assessment, “20 percent of Gwinnett County residents get no leisure-time physical activity.”

“This initiative will allow individuals in the community to live to play and play to live,” said Tina Fleming, Director of Gwinnett County Parks and Recreation. “Live Healthy Gwinnett encourages the community to combat health issues by combining physical activities with counseling from professional physicians and staff.”

To launch Live Healthy Gwinnett, a POP-UP Park event will be open to the community on Saturday, April 26 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eastside Medical Center. This free, family-fun event will consist of a variety of fitness demonstrations, inflatables, music, free medical screenings, giveaways and fun activities for all ages. Activities range from yoga to life-sized chess games and even a farmer”s market and food demonstrations by certified nutritionists. A kick-off event, 1, 2, 3K Glow and Show, will be held the night before on April 25, 2014 at 8 p.m., with on-site  registration beginning at 7 p.m. The event will include a 3K glow in the dark fun walk/run at Alexander Park and a free movie. All proceeds will support the Live Healthy Gwinnett scholarship fund, through the Gwinnett Parks Foundation, which will offer assistance to citizens who cannot afford classes, programs and/or activities.

For more information on Live Healthy Gwinnett and to stay up-to-date on the launch event, visit LiveHealthyGwinnett.com and the Live Healthy Gwinnett Facebook page.