Wellness Rally held at ANC

Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Drums Alive, an aerobic workout, was presented at the state wide wellness rally held at ANC on July 29.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service and Arkansas Northeastern College partnered to present a statewide Win with Wellness Rally at the Briggs-Seabaugh Wellness Center at the Arkansas Northeastern College main campus in Blytheville on July 29.

Over 50 attended from counties including Lawrence, Mississippi, Randolph, Craighead, Clay, Crittenden, Cross, Faulkner, Saline and Pulaski.

St. Bernards Medical Center Health Screenings team was there during the morning. Screenings were offered along with informative health information.

Drums Alive, an aerobic workout, was presented by Haycha Franklin.

Nationally renowned fitness trainer, Hachya Franklin of Faithfully Fit, conducted an exciting interactive work out called Drums Alive. It is a combination of drumming and aerobic exercise using stability balls and drumsticks with music. Benefits of the new form of exercise include improving overall coordination, immune function, mood, and creativity, a great exercise routine for all ages.

Drums Alive proved to be fun and a great workout.

Guests had the opportunity to choose two of the four break-out sessions to attend.

Morning sessions included How to Talk to Your Doctor; Evaluations of Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness; Sports Nutrition, and Tia-Chi for Health and Wellness.

Millie Collins, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Research & Extension, Family & Consumer Sciences agent, Cross County, conducted the How to Talk to Your Doctor session.

Evaluations of Resiliency and Emergency Preparedness was led by Dr. Charleen McNeill, assistant professor of the University of Arkansas, Eleanor Mann School of Nursing.

Dr. Serena Fuller, associate professor-nutrition and food safety, Family & Consumer Sciences, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Research & Extension, led the sports nutrition session.

Joanne Zeitler, senior trainer Tai-Chi for Health Institute, led the Tai-Chi for Health and Wellness.

Following lunch there was a large group session, "How to Be Health and Wellness Volunteer." The session was conducted by Dr. Lisa Washburn, associate professor-health, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Research & Extension.

Again, participants got to chose two of the four afternoon sessions including Mindfulness, Safe Travel with Kids, Facts about Diabetes Today: Are you at Risk? and Chair Yoga.

Terrie James, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Research and Extension Family & Consumer Sciences agent and staff chair, Hempstead County, conducted the Mindfulness session.

Dr. Brittney Schrick, assistant professor-Family Life Specialist, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Research & Extension, was in charge of the Safe Travel with Kids.

Kyra Langley, Allied Health & Nursing Instructor at Arkansas Northeastern College, shared the fact about Diabetes.

Lauren Copeland, program associate-health, and Jessica Vincent, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, Garland County, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research & Extension conducted the Chair Yoga.

A large group finished the afternoon with Dr. LaVona Traywick, associate professor-Gerontology, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, Research & Extension, worked with the group on Deskercise routines.

Pamela Pruett, Ed.D Family and Consumer Sciences Agent with Mississippi County Extension Service, expressed her appreciation to everyone who helped make the health and wellness day successful.

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