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Tameka Keenan-Norman: City offers many options for fitness

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Tameka Kenan-Norman is the chief communications & marketing officer for the city of Rocky Mount.

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BY TAMEKA KEENAN-NORMAN
City of Rocky Mount

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Did you know that February is American Heart Month?

According to healthfinder.gov, “heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the US. Every year, one in four deaths are caused by heart disease.”

During American Heart Month, information and initiatives are provided that can help everyone make healthy choices and prevent this disease from spreading in our community. In addition to eating healthier foods, being physically active can prevent heart disease, too. The Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department can help prevent heart disease by providing many activities like walking trails, outdoor sports programs, physical fitness equipment in the Senior Center, yoga and much more.

The Tar River Trail has long been a treasured amenity in Rocky Mount for leisure activity and to increase physical fitness. The seven-mile long multi-use trail follows the Tar River from City Lake to Martin Luther King Jr. Park. It’s a great way to stay active while enjoying the city’s many sights.

The Rocky Mount Sports Complex offers the facilities, fields and equipment that will aid in keeping all residents heart healthy. With baseball and softball fields, a professional disc golf course, basketball courts, outdoor volleyball courts and a walking trail, this 143-acre multi-use facility has an array of options for anyone seeking activity.

Did you know that Rocky Mount has more than 50 parks? These parks are equipped with engaging playgrounds, ball courts and space for children of all ages. Whether you’re a beginner or a master of outdoor activity, Buck Leonard and Holly Street parks include activity level appropriate playgrounds and fitness equipment for the entire family.

The Rocky Mount Senior Center recently implemented a program for adults ages 65 and up. The SilverSneakers initiative is a fitness program that comes free with qualifying health plans. Those who obtain a SilverSneakers card can use it for water aerobics, senior stretch, body craze (a low impact routine designed to strengthen and tone the body), YogaLike, Zumba Gold and line dancing at the center. The card also allows free access to the fitness center and pool.

Yoga is also available at the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. Yoga in the Galleries has returned to the facility’s Arts Center and takes place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. every Tuesday. The cost to participate is $5 per person, per session.

The Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department also provides additional programs specially designed with our youth in mind. Registration has started for our Youth Spring Sports and will be accepted through Feb. 28. Parents are encouraged to sign their little leaguers up for baseball, softball and soccer programs. Participants may range from ages 3-12. For more information on Youth Spring Sports, visit www.rockymountnc.gov or call 252-972-1160.

As you can see, you don’t have to travel far to enhance your heart health. The Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department has many different parks, amenities and recreation programs to choose from right in your own backyard.

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