Macon and Bullock counties join in national anti-obesity event


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (August 24, 2011) — Residents in Alabama’s Macon and Bullock counties will join the River Region to promote first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! national campaign against childhood obesity.

Let’s Move! is a comprehensive, collaborative, and community-oriented initiative to address all of the various factors that lead to childhood obesity.  It is designed to engage every sector of society that impacts a child’s health to provide families, schools, and communities with tools to help children be more active, eat better, and get healthy.

Healthy events and activities will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27 in Macon and Bullock counties. Tuskegee, Notasulga, Brownville, Franklin, Shorter, Fort Davis, and Creekstand, as well as several Bullock County communities will host physical activities.

In Tuskegee, activities will begin with a fitness walk along the George Washington Carver Nutrition Trail at 8 a.m., starting from the Booker T. Washington monument at Tuskegee University. The walk will end at the Tuskegee Medical and Surgical Center at 9 a.m., where participants will join the All-Macon County Day Parade. Following the parade, from 11 a.m. to noon, Larry Webb will host a fitness boot camp on the Tuskegee Square. Other physical activities will also take place.

Bullock County’s Union Springs and Midway are the major hosts for area Let’s Move! events. 

The Katie Williams Long-Walk Team will kick off the day’s events at 5:30 a.m. in Union Springs. In the Aberfoil community, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., several exercise events will be held at Elizabeth Baptist Church. Participants will be able to choose from aerobics, relay events, dodge ball, jump rope, hula-hoop and three-on-three basketball.

Beginning at 8 a.m., physical activities will be held at the Bullock County Recreation Center and the Park for a Purpose in the Newtown community. In Guerrytown, activities will be held at Calvary Baptist Church.

Let’s Move! in Bullock and Macon counties is sponsored by the Tuskegee University Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education in collaboration with the university’s food and nutritional sciences department, the Morehouse School of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Cancer Center Partnership Healthy Lifestyles Program, the Bullock County Commission, City of Union Springs, Town of Midway and the All-Macon County Day Committee. 

Bullock County registration: Forms can be obtained at Midway Town Hall, City Hall in Union Springs, the Bullock County Commission Office at the county courthouse or from any Bullock County Healthy Lifestyles participant.

Macon County registration: Tuskegee University: Armstrong Hall, Room 107 and John A. Kenney Hall, Room 70-115. City of Tuskegee: The Tuskegee News or the Macon County Commission Office at the courthouse.


Mary Rodgers Brooks: call 334-421-8988; e-mail
Hamima Shabazz: call  334-738-3600 or 334-300-3173
Barbara Howard: call
334- 727-8822 or 334- 421-8128; e-mail   or  

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