HEAL Day 2019

Former Alabama and NFL defensive back Antonio Langham signs autographs for Warrior Elementary School students on May 1 at the Alabama State Capitol. 

Students from Warrior Elementary School recently joined a group of 200 kids on the South Lawn at the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery. 

As a part of HEAL (Healthy Eating Active Living) Day, Governor Kay Ivey spoke with her guests about two major concerns across Alabama: health and literacy. HEAL is a nonprofit organization dedicated to unifying Alabama to reverse the trend of chronic disease, poor literacy and poverty through a cutting-edge curriculum that supports healthy lifestyle and reading behaviors.

HEAL works with more than 30,000 students and 85,000 family members in 153 schools across Alabama. According to Warrior physical education teacher Christopher Reeves, 50 of his students took part in the event on May 1. 

The students were greeted by Alabama State University’s marching band as they entered the Capitol. They later took part in numerous physical activities on the South Lawn and heard from Ivey, who read a few pages from The Ultimate Treasure Hunt—a new children’s book written by Christy Swaid. 

Faulkner University’s football team was on hand to serve as HEAL mentors. 

Ivey later presented HEAL Hero medals, including one to Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Inductee and former Alabama defensive back, Antonio Langham. Ivey then joined students for a photo opportunity on the front steps. Afterwards the students ate lunch, got autographs and participated in more fun activities. It was a great day of fun in the sun and a reminder that eating healthy, physical activities and literacy is the new way of life.

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