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Pine Belt groups awarded for taking heed to heart health

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The American Heart Association awarded The Coca Cola Company, Forest General Hospital, William Carey University, Southern Miss, and The City of Hattiesburg for their efforts in making Mississippi a healthier place on Wednesday.

Forest General Hospital's Chief of Staff and Medical Staff Services Millie Swan says making healthy food choices and hitting the gym for at least 30 minutes a day is crucial in living a healthy lifestyle.

"No matter how busy you are, taking at least 30 minutes out of your day makes a difference in health and wellness," Swan said.

Provost of William Carey Scott Hummel accepted the award on behalf of a group of students who raised more than $9,000 for the American Heart Association.

Hummel said he was proud to accept the award on behalf of students at William Carey. "William Carey is very proud to be associated with the American Heart Association. We send out many of our student groups, faculty, and staff," Hummel said. "We raised nearly $9,000 this past year, and we're very pleased with that, but not pleased enough. We're going to beat it next year."

The American Heart Association of Hattiesburg's goal is to educate citizens in the Pine Belt about the benefits of living a heart healthy lifestyle.

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