A total of 77 people took a walk down memory lane while participating in a Healthy Historic Walks event.
As part of its #SummerOfHealth campaign, Tanner Health System’s Get Healthy, Live Well took healthy habits to the cities of Carroll and Haralson counties with Healthy Historic Walks led by local community leaders on June 18. The health walks took participants through the streets of Bremen, Carrollton, Roopville, Villa Rica and Whitesburg.
The walks were led by Greater Haralson Chamber of Commerce President Eric McDonald, Carrollton City Councilman Rory Wojcik, Roopville City Councilwoman Robin Worley, Villa Rica Community Development Director Janet Hyde and Whitesburg Public Library Branch Manager Ruth Fuller.
“We are thrilled that so many people in the community came out to Saturday’s event,” and Phyllis Head, community liaison at Get Healthy, Live Well. “Not only were they able start the day off on the right foot by getting more physical activity, they also learned more about west Georgia’s rich history.”
Each city’s walking path has at least eight check points that hold historical relevance to the town and community. Participants in the tours were treated to vignettes of local history, including historic businesses, churches and homes. The guides explained the significance of the sites while participants enjoyed the exercise, scenery and weather.
In Carrollton, it was a cool, breezy, overcast day — perfect weather for walking.
Brenda Freeman, a lifelong resident of Carrollton, was among the walk’s participants that day.
“I thought it was an excellent time to get my steps in and mingle with the crowd,” Freeman said. “I enjoyed the fellowship. I enjoyed knowing I was starting my weekend off with exercising.”
Angela Myrie of Carrollton came to the walk with her 7-year-old son, Jacob.
“I came out because Jacob and I have started biking out on the (Carrollton) GreenBelt recently,” Myrie said. “I’ve tried to get in better health and better shape. The walk was very nice. The scenery was very pretty and there were sites I didn’t even know were here.”
Missed the Healthy, Historic Walks event? Download a brochure at www.GetHealthyLiveWell.org to learn more about the walks in Bremen, Carrollton, Roopville, Villa Rica and Whitesburg, then take a self-guided tour.