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Community Health Day hits a home run

Photo by Jason A. Smith
Former Atlanta Braves catcher Johnny Estrada made an appearance at Piedmont Henry Hospital’s Community Health Day. He said promoting good health is important to the team’s leadership.

Photo by Jason A. Smith Former Atlanta Braves catcher Johnny Estrada made an appearance at Piedmont Henry Hospital’s Community Health Day. He said promoting good health is important to the team’s leadership.

STOCKBRIDGE — Piedmont Henry Hospital stepped up to the plate Thursday to educate the public on how to improve their health.

The hospital joined forces with the Atlanta Braves for a Community Health Day event. Donna Braddy, director of marketing, public relations, community education and volunteer services at Piedmont Henry, said the first-time event at the Stockbridge hospital was a success.

“I would say we’ve had probably 250 people so far,” she said an hour into the three-hour Community Health Day.

One of those attendees was McDonough architect Shane Persaud. He said he wanted to educate himself about how to maintain good health.

“As you get older, I think you need to pay more attention to your health,” said Persaud, 44. “It was an opportunity to come out and check my vital signs and make sure things are okay.”

Persaud said although he maintains a busy lifestyle, his health has room for improvement.

“I don’t go to the gym as often as I should, but I stay very active,” he said. “I think that’s probably helped me.”

Braddy said Piedmont Healthcare is an official partner of the Braves baseball team, which was represented at Thursday’s event.

“All the Piedmont facilities are doing a Home Run for Health [campaign],” said Braddy. “Here, we’re offering blood pressure screenings, risk assessements for heart attacks and things like that. It’s neat when you can mix fun with education and awareness for heart disease.”

Each participant in the community health event received two free tickets to an Atlanta Braves game, and a chance to win four tickets to a game in a fully-stocked suite and a pre-game, on-field experience, according to Piedmont Henry Public Relations Specialist Michelle Nunnally.

Braddy added that the hospital will conduct similar community events throughout the year, focusing on heart disease, stroke, men’s health and breast cancer awareness.

Former Braves catcher Johnny Estrada signed autographs for hundreds of people in attendance. He said promoting good health is important to the team’s leadership.

“There’s nothing more important than your health,” said Estrada. “The Atlanta Braves do an awesome job of getting out in the community and supporting different causes. What’s better than to get people out here, check their vitals and make sure they don’t have anything serious going on? I always support that.”

Education was also on the mind of Janna Shacklett, who works at Performance Physical Therapy, in Stockbridge. She came to Piedmont Henry to learn more about Community Health Day, and to be an example for others.

“We play a very big role in health and wellness in the practice that I run,” said Shacklett, 37, of McDonough. “So I just wanted to make sure I was visible and letting people know that all different walks of life need to do this.”

Participants also received assistance in determining body mass index, which is a body fat measurement based upon height and weight.

The Braves sent a B.A.T. Team, or Braves Around Town, to conduct giveaways of souvenirs and tickets to baseball games as part of the occasion.

“We’re hoping that it will draw more people in,” said Braddy. “They come in and get these free things, but at the same time, we’re educating them on heart disease.”

For more information, visit www.piedmonthenry.org.