Celebrate "H.E.A.L. Day" with ASU at the State Capitol

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Join Alabama State University's Mighty Marching Hornets Band, Governor Kay Ivey, and a host of others on May 1, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. as they welcome hundreds of children to the Alabama State Capitol building and its grounds, as they celebrate and promote H.E.A.L. - Day "Healthy Eating & Active Living" in Alabama.

H.E.A.L.-Day is a time of education and a celebration of health, academic achievement, and literacy, which is dedicated to motivating Alabama's adults and children to reverse the trend of chronic disease and poor literacy, via a cutting-edge curriculum in our schools, which supports healthy lifestyles and reading behaviors.

Everyone who attends H.E.A.L.-Day at the State Capitol Building will first get a red-carpet welcome - thanks to ASU President Quinton T. Ross, Jr.- by none other than the nationally acclaimed and lauded Alabama State University Mighty Marching Hornets Band.

The ASU Hornets Band has recently been seen leading the Rose Bowl Parade on New Year's Day in Pasadena, Calif; performing on Ozzy Osbourne's television show, and appearing in Academy-Award winning director Ang Lee's most recent movie.

On May 1, they will rock the Capitol’s south lawn all morning long leading the event's participants to "move and shake" and enjoy physical activity with the many dance-tracks they will play.

Governor Ivey will affirm Alabama’s commitment to improving health and literacy rankings by debuting a new children’s book, "The Ultimate Treasure Hunt," at the event. The Governor will debut the book by reading it aloud to 200 children in the State Capitol's auditorium. The Governor’s presentation is set for 11 a.m. with her book reading to follow.

H.E.A.L. is a non-profit organization that works with over 30,000 students and 85,000 family members in 153 schools across Alabama to combat multiple chronic diseases related to unhealthy lifestyle behaviors and to promote literacy and the power of a good education. The May 1, event and H.E.A.L.'s curriculum and goal is to remind Alabama residents that poor health contributes to poor academic performance, increased absenteeism, dropout rates, and poverty.

HEAL is an educational engine that engages all sectors of society within the state to improve Alabama’s health culture, as well as academic and poverty rankings. 

The event's news media contact: Sarah Dunston, 205-369-3829. or at sjdunston@gmail.com

ASU's news media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.

- Written by Kenneth Mullinax/ASU