Enmarket and Healthy Savannah Provide Day of Service and Donation to Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society
Volunteers from Healthy Savannah and Enmarket, Savannah’s largest and fastest-growing convenience store chain, also attended the 14th Annual LDSS Buddy Walk® in Forsyth Park to help set up, to work the festival and food stations following the walk and to clean up after the event.
Proceeds from the annual Buddy Walk benefit the local leadership, support, outreach, education and advocacy programs LDSS runs throughout the year to support people with Down syndrome, their families, and caregivers. This year, Buddy Walk offered healthy lunch options such as grilled chicken, fruit and vegetables to honor its commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles among children and adults with Down syndrome.
“The addition of a service day has brought a whole new dimension to the way we show our gratitude toward organizations like LDSS,” said Brett Giesick, president of Enmarket. “We so enjoyed connecting and celebrating with the families and the strong community LDSS has helped create in the Lowcountry.”
Enmarket and Healthy Savannah presented the check to LDSS during the fourth and final lecture of the 2019 Encourage Health Education Series. The presentation was given by Katie Balthrop, sport science professional and founder of Savannah Sport and Wellness, on the benefits of strength training at any age.
This marks the sixth year for the Enmarket Encourage Health Education Series, sponsored by Healthy Savannah, St. Joseph’s/Candler, Clover Health, Sandfly Family Dental, the Charles H. Morris Center at Trustees’ Garden, Cha Bella, David’s Dry Cleaners, the City of Savannah, Savannah Morning News, Savannah Magazine and WRHQ
Enmarket, founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, is part of Savannah-based Colonial Group, Inc. The retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life. Enmarket currently employs more than 1,200 people and operates 124 convenience stores and 14 quick-serve restaurants as the 54th largest convenience store operator in the country. www.enmarket.com
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society hosts the event each year to draw attention to the strength and needs of individuals with Down Syndrome and to offer families a fun and inclusive outdoor activity. This year’s event has a fundraising goal of $50,000.
Expect lots of feet on the ground, along with wheelchairs, carriages and strollers. The event has drawn thousands of attendees each year. This year Sheriff Wilcher will be the Grand Marshall for the event.
This marks the second year that healthy lifestyles will be a particular focus of the Buddy Walk, and the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society has once again partnered with Healthy Savannah. Children with Down syndrome face an increased risk for obesity due in part to the syndrome but also to common environmental factors. With that in mind, nutritious lunch options and additional health education will be provided during the event.
A festival will follow the walk, complete with face painting, pumpkin painting, bouncy houses, games, music, refreshments and other entertainment.
Individual registration is $15, and alternative pricing is offered for families of different sizes. One new feature this year is encouraging families to form teams using the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society’s website, ldssga.org.
“Families from throughout the region look forward to the Buddy Walk each October,” said Whitney Lowery, executive director of LDSS. “Coming together in October, which is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, allows us to not only enjoy fellowship but helps us in our primary goal of promoting changes in local and national policies regarding Down syndrome.”
ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society (LDSS) supports people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, support, outreach, education and advocacy. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact. LDSS encourages the whole family to attend; children of all ages are welcome. LDSS is an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit ldssga.org
State Championship Rings Presented to Bethesda Track, Field Team
Thirteen state championship rings were presented to the athletes on the 2018-2019 team which won the state honor in the South Carolina Independent School Association Class A/AA competition at the end of last school year. Several private schools along the South Carolina/Georgia border, including Bethesda Academy, are members of SCISA.
Two graduated seniors from the team returned to their alma mater to accept their rings. Five coaches led by the athletic director Antwain Turner watched as the seniors along with the rest of the track and field team were honored.
“I can’t express how proud of these young men I am,” said head track coach Clevan Thompson. “It’s an honor to hold this title and to coach these outstanding athletes. I’ve watched this team make tremendous strides physically and personally to get to this point, and I can’t think of a more deserving team.”
For more information on Bethesda Academy, please visit www.bethesdaacademy.org
ABOUT BETHESDA ACADEMY
Founded in 1740, Bethesda Academy is the oldest child-care institution in the United States. Now it is a private boarding and day school for young men in grades six through twelve and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The 650-acre campus features a variety of athletic teams, a wildlife management and organic farming program and STEM curriculum. Through its “Lead The Way” initiative, students have access to exclusive integrated learning and leadership opportunities. For more information, visit www.bethesdaacademy.org or call 912.644.4376.
Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat Presents $5,000 to Kids & Pros Free Football Clinic Additional Camps being Held in Savannah & Pooler this Week
(JASPER COUNTY, SC) Bluffton’s annual Kids & Pros Youth Football Clinic kicked off on Saturday, July 21, with a $5,000 check presentation from Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat.
Jill Jauch, Peacock Automotive Marketing Manager, presented the donation to former Atlanta Falcons linebacker and five-time All-Pro selection Keith Brooking, former Atlanta Falcons player Buddy Curry, who is the organization’s executive director, and Brad Schultz, Head of School for Cross Schools.
Kids & Pros, which was started by Curry and fellow NFL alum Bobby Butler in 2002, is a 501©3 nonprofit grounded in five core life principles called Game Changers for Life: Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Integrity, Perseverance and Excellence.
“We are so proud to support this football clinic which really focuses on safety training and is led by former professional NFL players,” said Warner Peacock, CEO of Peacock Automotive. “Playing football can teach athletes more than just skills and coordination, but also life lessons that can build character.”
The one-day clinic was offered free to young athletes ages 7-13 and was held at Cross Schools in Bluffton. There are additional camps being held in Savannah and Pooler this week. For more information, visit https://www.kidsandpros.com.
ABOUT KIDS & PROS
Kids & Pros, Inc. is a non-profit organization, started in 2002 by former Atlanta Falcons Bobby Butler and Buddy Curry to teach character and skills through athletics. Kids and Pros will celebrate its 17th Summer Camp season, providing weekly youth football camps, clinics and football safety training across the country including: Lee County, GA, Houston County, GA, Birmingham, AL, Louisville, KY, Lynchburg, VA, Stafford, VA, Huntsville, AL, Chantilly, VA, Hampton, GA, Bozeman, MT, Charlotte, NC, Knoxville, TN, Chattanooga, TN, Norcross, GA, Coweta County, GA, Danville, VA, Canton, NC, Bluffton, SC, Savannah, GA, Sylva, NC, Chastain Park, GA. For more information on Kids & Pros, Inc., please log onto our website at www.kidsandpros.com, follow us on twitter @kidsandpros, or connect with us on Facebook at Kids & Pros, Inc.
Wellness Institute Celebrates Fifth Anniversary with Second Location, High level of Certification for Professional Staff
(BLUFFTON and HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.) As the Wellness Institute prepares to mark its fifth year in business, it is opening a Hilton Head Island satellite office and announcing that all three of its physical therapists have qualified to the fellowship and/or board-certified level.
Hours for the new 1,300-square-foot Hilton Head location at 1 New Orleans Road, Suite E, will depend on the demand from its clientele but will start with four afternoons a week.
Why the expansion?
“There is an increased demand from our existing island clients and a need for sports-specific rehabilitation for the tennis and golf community to have a convenient location. We decided to accommodate that with a Hilton Head Island location,” said Warner Peacock, CEO of Peacock Automotive, one of two partners in the Wellness Institute.
The Wellness Institute is a multi-faceted healthcare facility, headquartered at 100 Okatie Center Blvd. North, that offers physical therapy, rehabilitation, wellness instruction, personal training, massage, Qigong and martial arts instruction, yoga (both group and individual) and physical conditioning for golf and tennis.
Other special services include dry needling for pain, spine and peripheral joint manipulation, headache treatment, TMJ treatment, vertigo rehabilitation, medical massage and golf-specific myoskeletal stretching; tempering, cupping and instrument-assisted soft tissue manipulation; kinesiology tape for soft tissue support and athletic taping for joint and ligament support; as well as pelvic health and personal training in both individual and small group formats. The same services, with the exception of pelvic health services, will be available at the Hilton Head Island location.
“No other company has an across-the-board level of expertise like this. Therapists at the Wellness Institute are among the most highly trained in the Lowcountry,” said Craig Weyer, who is a partner with Peacock Automotive in the Wellness Institute.
“Training to the fellowship level requires postdoctoral professional, one-on-one training under the direct supervision of leaders in the field. It is an intense program, and the qualification is held by fewer than one percent of practicing therapists,” he said.
Research on the effectiveness of fellowship-trained therapist finds significantly greater improvements were achieved in treatment than those treated by therapists without residency or fellowship training.
Fellowship status is granted by the American Academy of Orthopedic Physical Therapists, which is a member of the International Federation of Orthopedic Manipulative Physical Therapists Board and the American Physical Therapy Association Section on Women’s Health.
The Wellness Institute’s professional staff includes:
*Lauren Lee is fellowship trained in manual therapy and holds a doctorate in physical therapy. She holds a diploma in osteopractic manipulation, as well as certification in dry needling and spine manipulative therapy.
*Andrea Schultz, a board-certified clinical specialist in women’s health physical therapy, holds a doctorate in physical therapy and sits on the national board of the Achievement in Pelvic Physical Therapy Committee. She also is certified in dry needling.
*Wade Welsh is fellowship trained in manual therapy and holds a doctorate in physical therapy. He is a board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist and holds a diploma in osteopractic manipulation. He is certified in dry needling and spinal manipulative therapy. Wade is also certified in LSVT Big program for Parkinson’s Disease and Otago Exercise Program for Fall Prevention.
*Craig Weyer is fellowship trained in manual therapy, holds a doctorate in physical therapy and is a certified orthopedic manual therapist. He holds a diploma in osteopractic manipulation and certifications in dry needling, spine manipulative therapy and athletic training. Additionally, he holds degrees in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science.
For more information, visit https://wellnessinstitutesc.com/
ABOUT PEACOCK AUTOMOTIVE
Peacock Automotive owns and operates 12 automotive dealerships representing 21 brands in Ga., S.C. and Fla., employing more than 700 individuals. The company’s headquarters are located at Peacock Auto Mall on U.S. 278, five miles east of I-95 at Exit 8 near Bluffton, S.C. The dealerships at the Auto Mall include Peacock Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat, Peacock Subaru, Porsche of Hilton Head, Audi Hilton Head, Jaguar Land Rover Hilton Head, Peacock Hyundai Hilton Head, Genesis of Hilton Head, and Hilton Head Volkswagen. Additionally, the company owns Peacock Hyundai Savannah, Genesis of Savannah and Savannah Volkswagen in Savannah, Ga. Other holdings include Jaguar Land Rover Columbia, Peacock Hyundai Columbia and Hyundai Genesis of Columbia. Its subsidiary, Peacock-Griffey Automotive, owns Peacock Ford in the Orlando area of Fla. Peacock Automotive also owns and operates the Peacock Collision Center in Bluffton, S.C., and Peacock Insurance in Ga., S.C. and Fla. For more information about Peacock Automotive, call (843) 208-1258 or visit https://www.peacockautomotive.com/
Healthy Savannah’s Faith and Health Coalition Hosts First Health Fest
(SAVANNAH, GA) The Healthy Savannah Faith and Health Coalition, formed in 2014 to help faith-based organizations implement policies and programs to promote a holistic health culture, hosted its first citywide health festival.
Health Fest included health screenings, informational lectures, wellness and fitness demonstrations, children’s activities, entertainment and food samplings among other things.
“Our first Health Fest was a success,” said Paula Kreissler, Director of Healthy Living and Community Development at Healthy Savannah. “We hope that this event will only grow and continue annually to promote the importance of health and faith in Savannah.”
The faith and health coalition is a part of Healthy Savannah, a non-profit 501©3 public/private coalition of more than 150 businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, neighborhood organizations and healthcare and government agencies that was formed in 2007.
Visit www.healthysavannah.org for more information.
ABOUT HEALTHY SAVANNAH
Healthy Savannah, a 501©3 public charity is a public/private coalition of over 150 businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, neighborhood organizations, and healthcare and government agencies, It began as an initiative of City of Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, formed in 2007. Healthy Savannah leads and supports a culture of health in the Savannah area by creating an environment that makes a healthy choice the easy choice; building a collaborative network that identifies and shares resources; collecting and disseminating information, promoting best practices and implementing innovative programs, and advocating for effective policies. Since its inception, this innovative, cross-sector collaboration has vastly benefited the community as evidenced by numerous multi-agency projects, grants and policy initiatives that have emerged from the initiative to create and sustain a Healthy Savannah. For more information, visit www.healthysavannah.org
13th Annual Buddy Walk Hosted by the Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society Returns with a Healthy Twist on October 6
Individuals of all ages and abilities — and their pets — were invited, especially those in wheelchairs, carriages and strollers.
LDSSofficials said they drew more than 5,000 people to this year’s walk to support individuals with Down syndrome and their families.
“We hold the Buddy Walk every year in October as part of National Down Syndrome Awareness month,” said Tom Kenkel, president of LDSS. “Our primary goal, however, is to make positive changes in local and national policies regarding Down syndrome. This event does a phenomenal job of helping us do just that.”
A new element this year was a focus on healthy lifestyles, Kenkel said.
According to research studies in the US Library of Medicine, children with Down syndrome are at an increased risk for obesity. This could be due in part to physiological expressions of Down syndrome but also to common environmental factors.
With that in mind, LDSS, with participation from Healthy Savannah, Coca Cola, NLAWS Produce and EmployAbility, provided more nutritious lunch options and additional health education during the event.
“We are taking small steps to eventually host the first Buddy Walk in the country that brings attention to healthy lifestyles as part of the event,” Kenkel said.
A festival followed the walk featured face painting, pumpkin painting, the BOO Boutique, bouncy houses, games, music, refreshments and the Border Pawtrol disc dog team.
Sponsors of the 2018 Buddy Walk include NLaws Produce, Joe Marchese Construction, Marlow Elementary School, Coca-Cola and Holton Plumbing.
ABOUT THE LOWCOUNTRY DOWN SYNDROME SOCIETY
The Lowcountry Down Syndrome Society(LDSS) is a family support group to benefit people with Down syndrome and their families through local leadership, outreach, education and advocacy to champion and celebrate acceptance and inclusion. Meetings are held every fourth Tuesday of the month, typically with a guest speaker and social time for families to meet and interact with one another. LDSSencourages people to bring their children. LDSSis an affiliate of the National Down Syndrome Society. For more information about LDSS, visit http://www.ldssga.org/
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