April 2016

Dalton Daily CItizen, ChamberLink

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Many new and exciting programs are being added to the Partnership's already successful initiatives. The annual Healthcare Classic road race, Readers to Leaders and our Senior Living Seminars are just a few of the impactful programs conducted by the Partnership. With temperatures beginning to warm and days beginning to lengthen, participants in at least two of the NGHP's annually-sponsored events should soon be able to begin training for fitness events that are not only competitively challenging but can also be fun for the whole family. The first event, the Bill Gregory Healthcare Classic, is a road race that takes place on Saturday, May 14, beginning and ending at the Bradley Wellness Center. A long- standing tradition in the region, the Healthcare Classic draws thousands of walkers and runners to compete in 2K/5K/10K runs. The race is named in memory of Dr. Bill Gregory, a Dalton physician whose passion for living a healthy lifestyle was legendary. This year we have a new and improved 10k route along with new timing considera- tions for all races. Please visit for details. The partnership's newest addition, the Bike Around Murray, is a bike ride around the beautiful backroads of Murray County and the foot hills of Fort Mountain. This year's event is set for Saturday, September 10, at the Hyden Tyler Recreation Center. This event is aimed toward increasing the awareness of diabetes and living healthy lifestyles. This year we are partnering with Bear Creek Bikes to kick-off a kids' bike rodeo for the first time! The bike rodeo is free and those age eight and under are invited to participate. Children who participate will take part in bike safety, proper helmet fitting and have the oppor- tunity to ride on a mini obstacle course in the rec parking lot. The road bike ride features several distances such as 10, 22, 50 and 62 mile routes, with one challenging route that features the Fort Mountain Climb. The first male and female to make it to the top will be crowned king and queen of the mountain! Visit bike- for details. And in the fall, residents are invited to attend the Erwin Mitchell Community Health Fair where they can gather information on various health issues and make contact with area health professionals. Health care providers are on hand to answer frequently asked questions concerning health care issues and to provide free health screenings. Last year's event housed over 70 exhibitors and 1,200 community members! This year, the Health Fair is scheduled for Saturday, October 8, at the Mack Gaston Community Center. The NGHP hosts these fitness and health awareness events as part of its larger mission to improve commu- nity health by identifying sustainable solutions to significant health issues via innovation, benchmarking and application of best practices. April 2016 Chamber Link 5 Feature Story "We Make Healthy Happen!"

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