Nationally renowned walker, jogger and speaker Robert Sweetgall will be bringing his fitness message to Jefferson, Arkansas and Grant counties Sept. 10-13, in school and public events.

Nationally renowned walker, jogger and speaker Robert Sweetgall will be bringing his fitness message to Jefferson, Arkansas and Grant counties Sept. 10-13, in school and public events.

The Arkansas Department of Health, Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative, Grant County Hometown Health Coalition, Arkansas County Partners in Heath and Arkansas Community Foundation are sponsoring his appearances.

A former Brooklyn academic standout who went on to become a Dupont chemical engineer, Sweetgall dedicated himself to physical fitness and wound up as a marathon runner.

He stepped away from his engineering career to take his health message to the nation, and has since walked across the nation seven times. Pegged in media coverage as “the real Forrest Gump,” Sweetgall has spoken to more than 100,000 students nationwide on the importance of remaining fit, staying active and avoiding heart disease, diabetes and other other chronic ailments.

He’ll be presenting motivational “Walking Wellness” assemblies at several area schools and workshops to teachers, school wellness teams and school administrators. His evening community programs will be:

• SEPT. 10 – At Sheridan High School. From 6-6:45, Sweetgall will be discussing “Nordic Walking 101,” focusing on burning fat and building muscle. From 6:45-7:30 p.m., the topic will be “Motivation to Move,” which will feature five activities for reducing weight, stress, diabetes and heart disease risk, and rate of aging.

• SEPT. 11 – Same program at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart, 6-7:30.

• SEPT. 12 – Same program at Saracen Landing in Pine Bluff, 5-6:30 p.m.

• SEPT. 13 – At the Pine Bluff Convention Center, 6-7:30 p.m. Sweetgall will speak on walking and weight loss as a tool in contesting obesity within America.

Details: Call Juanita Buckmaster at 534-6129.