“Grow Something”

Banker and volunteer Michael Malfregeot grows his own vegetables so he has healthy, low-cost food options. • His advice? “Planting something in ground, raised beds, or pots are all low-cost, easy ways to grow.” • Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients, especially in phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamin C, vitamin A and folate – and you’ll save […]

“Join a Local Organization”

After relocating from Nashville, Kim Drummond got involved with local revitalization through the Harrison County Chamber of Commerce and Cultural Foundation. • Her advice? “Find someone to admire in your community, and join their effort.” • Creating professional relationships is important, and joining a group provides a sense of security and trust.

“Get Plenty of Rest”

Blaine Berkley goes to bed when he is tired and wakes up when he is well rested. • His advice? “Get eight hours of sleep.” • Sleep experts have indicated that adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night to function properly the next day.

“Read the Labels”

Due to Michelangelo Gigliotti’s gluten sensitivity, his family eats at home so they can avoid contaminated foods. • His family’s advice? “Read the labels first.” • Ingredients are listed in descending order (by ingoing weight). The first ingredient listed represents the most quantity; the second ingredient represents the second most quantity; and so on.

“Walk With a Friend”

Business owner and Mayor Cathy Goings finds walking with a friend makes exercise easier to fit walking into her busy schedule. • Her advice? “Find a friend to walk with on the Mayor’s Fitness Trail.” • Social connection is crucial to well-being. Loneliness can have serious health consequences similar to high blood pressure, lack of […]

“Surround Yourself With a Strong Tribe”

After a back injury, personal trainer and business owner Melissa Robbins decided to focus on her own health and learned the importance of taking care of herself. • Her advice? “Strengthen your relationships and surround yourself with a strong tribe of friends and family.” • According to Mental Health America, friends can support you in […]

“Walk Every Day”

Despite a family history of high cholesterol and open-heart surgery procedures, brothers Charles and Pete Anderson are taking care of themselves so they can be around for their families. • Their advice? “Start with a small achievable physical activity goal such as walking and eating well.” • Research indicates that individuals who have a routine, […]

“Begin with a Healthy You”

Healthy Harrison is a coalition with a vision to measurably improve the health and wellness of the citizens in Harrison County. By highlighting our local Heroes, we hope to motivate, educate and inspire the community to live a longer and healthier life. • What will your Healthy Harrison story be?