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Dec. 16, 2014
HCC hosts FIT Kick-Off event for community
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College (HCC) hosted a kick-off event for the Roanoke Valley Fitness Interactive Trail (FIT) on Dec. 15 for the community. The event was free.

HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. stated, "This is great day for the citizens of the Roanoke Valley region. Although the FIT is housed here at Halifax Community College, we want you to know that the FIT is open to everyone to use."

"I would like to especially thank the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust for providing the $150,000 grant that has funded the majority of the project. To make these kinds of activities successful, it takes partnerships. So, HCC is also providing institutional dollars to help fund the trail and to demonstrate our commitment to supporting healthier living in the Roanoke Valley," continued Griffin.

The FIT project is designed to improve the lives of community members, offering full access to a 1/6 mile trail and a fitness area. It features multigenerational equipment and solar lights to provide lighting so that the FIT is available for exercise well into the evening hours. There is no charge to take advantage of the FIT.

Griffin also recognized community partners who have made the project a reality.

Audrey Hardy represents the Roanoke Valley Community Health Initiative and commented, "We are so happy to have this trail here. One of the things that the Community Health Initiative focuses on is trying to improve our health outcomes for the Roanoke Valley. One of the ways to do that is to decrease some of the illnesses that we see at Halifax Regional by changing what we eat and moving a little more. This trail will help us to be able to do that. The other thing that we encourage is selecting healthy options for eating."The initiative sponsored fruit that was given away during the event.

"The Roanoke Valley Fitness Interactive Trail is an additional outlet in our community for our students, for employees and our citizens to live an active life…Everything we do is possible only when we're healthy," said Halifax County Health Department Director Cardra Burns.

Griffin also recognized Roanoke Valley Early College student Jahlaun Ceasar who was the winner of the FIT logo competition. His design was chosen out of 26 exceptional entries.

As a tribute to Kate B. Reynolds' commitment to transforming Halifax County into a healthier community, everyone was invited to participate in a ceremonial one-lap walk around the FIT. Participants were given a pedometer to record the number of steps taken on their first FIT journey.

Healthy eating information and vendors were on site during the event. HCC Wellness Director Scott Dameron and HCC student Samuel Lawrence led a demonstration of the fitness equipment. HCC will also sponsor a FIT Healthy Initiatives Day on March 28 that will feature a spring festival, community day and open house. More details are forthcoming.

The FIT was made possible through a $150,000 grant from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust was established in 1947 and is now one of the largest private trusts in North Carolina. Its mission is to improve the quality of life and quality of health for the financially needy of North Carolina. The Health Care Division promotes wellness state-wide by investing in prevention and treatment. The Poor and Needy Division of the Trust responds to basic life needs and invests in solutions that improve the quality of life and health for financially needy residents of Forsyth County. Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. serves as sole trustee.
Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr., background, and Audrey Hardy
Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr., background, and Audrey Hardy
Cardra Burns
Cardra Burns
Ceremonial first lap around the FIT
Ceremonial first lap around the FIT
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Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239