Hosted by Cartersville Medical Center in cooperation with Georgia Highlands College, Georgia Bone & Joint Surgeons and Harbin Clinic, the fitness event is to be held Saturday at GHC. The 5k registration opens at 8 a.m., with the race beginning at 9 a.m. Same-day registration is $30, according to the event’s flyer. A 1-mile Kids Fun Run is scheduled for 10 a.m. as well, with same-day registration set at $20. A free indoor walking alternative to the 5k, led by Opal Laverne Hardin, also will be offered.
“This is the fourth year we’ve provided our ‘Cartersville Has Heart’ heart health awareness event to the community,” CMC Director of Marketing and Public Relations Ginger Tyra said in an email. “In previous years, the event has included free health screenings, interactive demonstrations, a fashion show, a giant inflatable educational heart and even a motivational speaker who was a finalist on ‘The Biggest Loser.’
“This year, we decided to add a 5K Run/Walk and fitness component to Cartersville Has Heart because exercise is such an important part of good heart health. We are so pleased to have Georgia Bone & Joint Surgeons, Harbin Clinic and Georgia Highlands College join us as partners this year.”
Aside from the walking and running events, the Saturday event will feature free health screenings, heart health education and exhibits from Bartow County Emergency Medical Services, MetroAtlanta Ambulance Service and AirLife, among others, as well as physical therapists and trainers. Entertainment is to include Dixie Fire Cloggers, Cartersville Elementary School Jump Rope Team and The TC Show.
Janice Zike, director at Georgia Bone & Joint Surgeons, believed the event would promote more than only heart health.
“Well running, it’s a great way to promote health, to get people more involved in exercising. Because everybody knows that exercise is good for the whole body and most of the time you can help prevent injuries just by being in better [shape],” Zike said. “... Walking is one of the best exercises you can do to improve overall health, but also to improve muscle tone, to get people just back to a good exercise program.”
Among the services Georgia Bone & Joint Surgeons plan to offer is assistance with stretching before the 5k.
“We’re actually going to have therapists available to help with stretching before and after the race that morning, as well as we’ll have a booth set up at the ... area set up like a health fair afterwards,” Zike said. “Then we’re going to have an event where we’re giving away some different [equipment], an exercise ball, we’re giving away an ice pack, some different flyers to give people information on proper body mechanics and how to do things in their daily life in a good way.”
Harbin Clinic’s contribution, said cardiologist Dr. Maxwell Prempeh, will include education on heart ailments.
“But nonetheless, we want them to understand the risk factors of heart disease or heart attack and if they understand those risk factors, and [if] they have symptoms that go along with that for them to know that they need to call EMS instead of trying to come on their own,” Prempeh said. “And then we were going to have some health screenings from a cardiovascular standpoint.”
For more information on the Cartersville Has Heart 5k, call MedLine at 1-800-242-5662.