Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Drums Alive is Here!!!

Drums Alive is finally here! This exciting class will be piloted two times in October (October 2nd and 23rd) and every Wednesday of the month throughout November at Spencer Penn Centre from 6:30 pm until 7:30 pm.

Drums Alive is a great new fitness craze that combines traditional aerobics with the powerful beat and rhythm of the drums. It’s a workout for the entire body, mind and spirit!
Through Drums Alive, participants will experi­ence the pulsating rhythms, dynamic movements and powerful percussions of this high energy dance and rhythm program combining traditional aerobics and stability ball drumming.

For questions or to get more information, contact Diane Sawyer at 276-956-2983 or visit our website at http://www.healthycommunitymhc.org./

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Men's Smith River Outing Cancelled

We are very sorry to say that the Men’s Smith River Outing is now cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may have/will cause. We look to still reschedule in the future but are uncertain of the timeframe that we are looking at. Be sure to keep an eye on our website for updates as they arise.

We will, however, keep the list of those individuals and groups that expressed interest and will contact you first when we are able to lock in a date and time.

In terms of men’s health, we will be launching our new men’s health wellness program in the Fall and urge the men in this community to take advantage of what this program will offer.

For more information, questions and/or concerns, please contact Diane Sawyer, at 276-956-2983 ext 301 or dsawyer@healthycommunitymhc.org.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Men's Health Month

June is National Men's Health Month. This month's awareness is to help men become more aware of the health problems that can be prevented with early detection and treatment among men and young boys. The latest statistics show that the health of men in our lives needs vast improvement. It is proven that men die 6 years younger than their female companions.



The Coalition for Health and Wellness will be honoring the men in our lives by having a kick off to their upcoming men's health program. The kick off event is planned for June 20th at Gravely Nature Preserve starting at 9:00am. Canoeing down the Smith River, male friendly healthy cooking demonstartions, and guided trail walks are just the start of the fun!



So come out to help celebrate men's health and bring the special men in your life out to this exciting event! Space is limited and registration is required. To register or for questions, contact Diane Sawyer, HCI Program Director, at 276-956-2983 ext. 301.

Drums Alive Unveiled

The Martinsville Henry County Coalition for Health and Wellness' Healthy Community Initiative unveiled their new aerobics class, Drums Alive, to be launced in the fall. The demo gave participants of the 2009 JAM Session a taste of what the class will entail. For a complete list of the Coalition's aerobics classes, please visit www.healthycommunitymhc.org.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

10th Annual Women's Health Week

The 10th annual women’s health week will take place on May 10-16. The theme this year is “It’s your time.” This observance week is designed to encourage women around the globe to make their health a priority to live a longer, healthier, and happier life.

There are going to be several community events taking place to celebrate this awareness week to help women know the importance of their health. Saturday May 9th at Temple of Christ Church 9am until 1pm and Saturday May 16th at Granberry United Methodist Church 10am until 2pm, the coalition will have health screenings at each event where blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose monitoring will take place.

May 14th there will be an aerobic JAM Session where women from the community will get together for a fun filled evening of exercise starting at 6:00pm until 9:00pm at Spencer Penn Centre. The JAM session will have all the HCI aerobics instructors showing off the various aerobic exercises done in the coalition classes including sculpt, abs, cardio, strength training, belly dancing, ball exercise, yoga, and New! Drums Alive. If you would like to register to attend this event please contact Diane Sawyer by May 8th at 276-956-2983 ext. 301 or email at dsawyer@healthycommunitymhc.org. Space is limited so please contact us soon!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Exercise for your heart!! Did you know that physical activity is a risk factor for heart disease AND that most Americans do not do enough exercise to get ANY benefit? According to the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine, adults ages 18-65 should get at least 30 minutes of moderate intense physical activity 5 days a week. 

The benefits of daily physical activity are endless:
  • Reduces the risk of heart disease by improving blood circulation throughout the body
  • Keeps weight under control
  • Improves blood cholesterol levels
  • Prevents and manages high blood pressure
  • Prevents bone loss
  • Boosts energy level
  • Helps manage stress
  • Releases tension
  • Improves the ability to fall asleep quickly and sleep well
  • Improves self-image
This February, make a decision that will last you a lifetime, get committed to improving your heart health. Get up off the couch or from behind your desk and get some exercise! Come join our aerobics program, we offer classes 5 days a week throughout the community!

Friday, January 23, 2009


Check out the new and improved MHC Coalition for Health and Wellness Website. 

On the website you will find healthy recipes and downloadable versions of both the aerobics calendar and the monthly newsletter. 

You will also find lots of great information about all of the services that the Coalition offers.

HCI Aerobics Calendar