(SAVANNAH, GA) The Enmarket Encourage Health Educational Series, in partnership with Healthy Savannah, will stream its next LIVE broadcast on January 7 exploring “Activity-Friendly Routes to Everyday Destinations.”

Also sponsored by Center Parc Credit Union, the program will live-stream at 1:00 p.m. on Healthy Savannah’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/healthysav/) and will be streamed on Enmarket’s Facebook page. The program will be rebroadcast at a later date on the City of Savannah’s Government Channel and on SavannahNow.com/podcasts.

On this second installment of the 2020-21 series, Armand Turner will outline strategies for creating walking- and bike-friendly routes to everyday destinations in the Savannah area. Turner is Healthy Savannah / YMCA of Coastal Georgia Physical Activity Program Manager.

Armand Turner

“Less than half of all adults get the recommended amount of physical activity,” said Turner. “Walking can be the easiest way to reach the recommended amount of 150 minutes of moderate-intensity activity per week. Just 20 to 30 minutes a day is a healthy amount for adults.”

Creating access to safe forms of active transportation isn’t just about exercise. According to Turner, walking and biking are more than recreational hobbies. They could be the main forms of transportation for those who may have no other choice.

“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that 35 percent of people will walk to work if they live within one mile of their job,” said Turner. “When taking trips to the store and the shop is within one mile of a person’s home, 40% of people will walk. This shows the importance of walkable communities.”

Now in its seventh year, the Enmarket Encourage Health series pivoted from its traditional lunch-time lecture format to an online broadcast in 2020 due to the COVID-19 virus. However, the new format now offers the opportunity for a wider audience to tap into and interact with experts as they provide important information on nutrition, physical fitness and wellbeing.

Each program of the 2020-21 series is hosted by Frandasia Williams, a wellness guide, writer and certified yoga teacher. Williams received her MFA in performing arts from Savannah College of Art and Design and is the owner of Guided Surender Wellness Studio.

While all of the broadcasts are free and available to the public, organizers are requesting that audience members virtually RSVP at www.healthysavannah.org/encouragehealthlive. Those who register will receive a friendly reminder when each show date draws near, along with special offers that encourage health.

The 7th Annual Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series is presented in partnership with Healthy Savannah; media sponsor, the Savannah Morning News; and community partners, City of Savannah, Gulfstream and Clover Health. The January 7 program sponsor is Center Parc Credit Union. By going digital this year, the series is striving to safely engage with people wherever they are.

Enmarket, Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employs more than 1,300 people and operates 128 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants and a fast casual restaurant as the 49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, the retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. www.enmarket.com

Healthy Savannah, a 501C (3) public charity is a public/private coalition of over 200 businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, neighborhood organizations, and healthcare and government agencies, It began as an initiative of City of Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, formed in 2007. Healthy Savannah leads and supports a culture of health in the Savannah area by creating an environment that makes a healthy choice the easy choice; building a collaborative network that identifies and shares resources; collecting and disseminating information, promoting best practices and implementing innovative programs, and advocating for effective policies. Since its inception, this innovative, cross-sector collaboration has vastly benefited the community as evidenced by numerous multi-agency projects, grants and policy initiatives that have emerged from the initiative to create and sustain a Healthy Savannah. www.healthysavannah.org

Matt Clements
Vice President of Marketing

Marjorie Young
Carriage Trade Public Relations®

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