The Senator Hosted a Variety of Free Health-based Activities throughout October

Sen. Williams leads an exercise class at Mitchell Elementary.

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 3, 2011 — State Sen. Anthony H. Williams closed his “Health Awareness Month” initiative by leading an exercise class for students at Mitchell Elementary School in the Kingsessing community of Southwest Philadelphia and handing out healthy treats to every student.

“Children have so much energy, and what better way to motivate them to live a healthy lifestyle than an exercise class in their school gym,” Williams said. “Health is important at every age, and children can really benefit from learning about fitness and making good food choices. I had a great time with the students.”

Williams dubbed October “Health Awareness Month” in his district and encouraged the public to join him and his staff as they held a variety of free events and demonstrations last month.

The campaign kicked off at the Step Up: Walk to Stop Diabetes charitable walk on Oct. 1 in Center City. The senator’s team “Tony’s Tapestry,” helped the American Diabetes Association raise $560,000 toward research for a cure to a disease that has personally impacted Williams.

“As a diabetic, I am keenly aware that I have to take my health seriously,” he said. “I recently decided to take life-changing steps for my health. Through fundamental changes to my diet and exercise routine, I’ve lost 67 pounds so far and I have managed my disease to the point where I no longer need insulin.

“I knew if I could do it, anyone at any age could lead a healthier lifestyle, so I created Health Awareness Month to show everyone that they can take steps right now, in their own communities, to be fit,” Williams said. “Whether it’s a 5K walk or practicing yoga stretches, healthy habits are within our reach.”

Throughout the month, the senator teamed up with various organizations to sponsor two free activities a week, including a muscle strength workout at Kingsessing Recreation Center, a walk through historic Bartram’s Garden, a health fair at Pennsy Flea Market, a Zumba class at the West Philadelphia YMCA, a line dancing class at KIPP West Philadelphia Preparatory Charter School and a yoga demonstration at Wake Up Yoga.

“Health Awareness Month may be over, but I encourage everyone to continue to find ways to improve your health and fitness,” Williams said. “A healthy lifestyle is important at every age and taking steps today will ensure that you will live a better quality of life over a lifetime.”

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