Walk for Keys

Coahoma to Host Second Annual “A Walk for Keys Day”

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, Coahoma Community College will join community members in remembering a beloved Tiger; while becoming educated on heart disease during its second annual “A Walk for Keys Day.”

Coahoma to Host Second Annual “A Walk for Keys Day”

“CCC to remember Tiger, promote heart disease awareness.”

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Marriel Hardy

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Thu Feb 22, 2018

Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, Coahoma Community College will join community members in remembering a beloved Tiger; while becoming educated on heart disease during its second annual “A Walk for Keys Days.”

Heart disease, such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, congestive heart failure, and congenital heart disease, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S. Prevention includes quitting smoking, lowering cholesterol, controlling high blood pressure, maintaining a healthy weight, and exercising.

The event, set to take place at the CCC Fit for Life Walking Trail, will be conducted in memory of Eric Keys of Marks, MS. Keys, who served as CCC’s former director of student success, passed away April 9, 2017. He was 47-years-old.

The event's purpose is to honor Keys and other CCC family members who have lost their lives to heart disease through raising awareness about the prevention of the deadly condition.

Activities will include health screenings, held from 1-2:30 p.m. in Whiteside Hall, a one-lap walk around the fitness trail and ceremonial balloon release at 2:45 p.m.

Dr. Valmadge Towner, president of Coahoma Community College, sees the event as something that holds importance not only to the CCC family but community at large.

“In our view, Mr. Keys' passing was untimely. Perhaps this event can raise awareness that all of us should place renewed emphasis on living as healthy as we possibly can," said Towner.

"A hearty word of thanks to Letha Richards, CCC Fit for Life Program Director, and all who are apart of our health and wellness initiative at CCC for having a desire to commemorate the life of a colleague, Mr. Eric Keys,” Towner indicated.

The Fit for Life initiative at Coahoma Community College is funded by the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation.

Since 2015, the Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation has provided almost $500,000 in funding to Coahoma Community College for the Fit for Life initiative that extends from the campus into the surrounding communities and schools.

For more information, contact CCC Fit for Life Director, Letha Richards at 662-621-4126 or lrichards@coahomacc.edu. 

To learn more about Fit for Life, visit www.coahomacc.edu/fitforlife