Mahintana, thru the Polomolok Task Force Kalusugan Program in partnership with LGU Polomolok, Dolefil, and partner cooperatives, facilitated the Heart Walk 2020 on February 19, 2020 with the theme “Community on the Move”. The activity was participated by more than 340 participants from LGU keypersons, ARH teachers, cooperative and LGU employees.
At 4:30 AM, the activity started with a short program in Brgy. Cannery covered court. Mahintana admin staff Ms. Rhogelyn Diana led the prayer and Brgy. Captain Mr. Antonio Octavio gave the welcome remarks. The Tibud sa katibawasan Multipurpose Cooperative employees led the warm-up exercise before the 5-km walk from the Brgy. Cannery to Polomolok Gymnasium, Poblacion, Polomolok. Partner cooperatives prepared sound systems that blasted lively music to encourage the “heart walkers” along the way to the venue.
Arriving at the gymnasium, the “walkers” rested a bit to get ready for a 30-minute Zumba workout led by a local Zumba instructor. Also, it was an opportunity to thank Mahintana volunteer Ms. Wiki Hamilton fo her contributions to the community through the PTFK-ARH Program. Cooperative Development Officer II Mr. Jay Hijos introduced the participants and the guests. In behalf of the mayor, Hon. Councilor Florence Bansuelo-Carlos welcomed the participants and encouraged them to be healthy by exercising and eating right. Dolefil Agri Operation Director Mr. Jorge Garcia and Corporate Planning Manager Mr. Takeshi Yoshimura gave message of support, both representing the company. Mun. Health Officer Dr. Edwin Dipus gave a lecture on nCov or CoVID 2019 and the prevention of contracting the said disease, while LGU Polomolok Acting HR Officer Mr. Michael Jess Lapid talked about the prevailing issue on mental health among the youth. He said that a healthy mind contributes to having a healthy heart. Lastly, awards were given to the Best Zumba Outfits (Male and Female) and Best Decorated Tumbler.
Free health screening, multivitamins and food distribution were among other activities conducted during the Heart Walk.