HEALTHY FOR LIFE
from Eyewitness News Online
May 2, 2014
Throughout his lifetime, Dr. Joseph Assaley's has tried everything from jogging, to nautilus, to Pilates and yoga.
"I strongly believe that fitness is an important component of everyone's life," he said.
Now, he's an avid Crossfit Thunder member.
"For me what I've realized is it encompasses everything you would want to achieve in fitness," he said.
Some of the Crossfit members will participate in a demonstration at the Huntington Health festival at Pullman Square Saturday.
"I think it's very important all of our community steps up to in trying to make Huntington a healthier place," Owner Jeremy Mullins said.
There will also be a 5K, bike tour and health festival.
"It's going to be a beautiful day to get out and get some fresh air and get your body moving,"
Yvonne Jones, executive director at Ebenezer Medical Outreach, said.
Jones said they hope events like this continue to break down negative stereotypes about Tri-State residents.
"The mayor has a saying, worst to first, and I really like that, so that's what we're really trying to do is get Huntington from the worst in the county in terms of health and well-being, to the first, and I believe we can do that," she said.
Since the first Huntington Health festival, the options for fitness and food have grown immensely. Besides gyms like the YMCA and the Marshall Rec Center, there are two Crossfit gyms, two yoga studios and even programs designed to fight childhood obesity, like Kids In Motion.
"If we as consumers are requesting these healthier foods then the products will show up on local shelves," Mullin said.
Mullins is developing a health food store to take the place of the Wild Ramp in Heritage Station when they move to Central City. They'll carry things like grass-fed meats and locally grown produce.
Assaley said seeing continued success and change is promising for everyone.
"It sets a good example for others and our own kids and for other folks in the community," he said. "The more we can reach out through healthy Huntington initiatives and through Huntington's kitchen initiatives the better for the community and us as a whole."
The 5K starts at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at the Holiday Inn on Third Avenue. The health festival starts at 9 a.m.
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