Suffolk woman organizes walks, and more

Published 8:21 pm Saturday, October 23, 2010

Tisa Edwards isn’t letting anything stop her.

After battling her own weight, which contributed to her hospitalization, Edwards organized the Immunization Awareness Live Life Walks that have been held in Hampton Roads cities over the summer.

With summer’s warm weather being nudged out by a fall chill, she’s taking her efforts inside.

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Edwards is organizing a Zumba course, a “going green” seminar and a walk, if weather permits.

She has organized “Zumba in Pink” for breast cancer awareness to be held Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the North Main Street Farm Fresh’s community room. It will be led by a Zumba certified instructor and followed by a four-week Zumba series for those interested. Cost is $6 per class.

Edwards has organized a “going green” seminar to be held at 1 p.m. Nov. 6 to talk about natural alternatives to chemicals and how to eliminate toxins from your household. It will be hosted in the community room, as well, and last about an hour. It is free.

On Oct. 28, a walk at Planter’s Park is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

“The walks this summer went great,” Edwards said. “People said it was good to have someone in a group rather than going out on your own. That’s just what I wanted.”

The idea behind her activities is “you start off with what you can do,” Edwards said. “You just start at your own pace, and you don’t let anyone stop you — not even yourself.”

Edwards decided to start the walks as a result of her own health battle and the example of her friends.

“I myself am rebuilding my health and my life,” Edwards said. “Almost two years ago, I was hospitalized, and I’d been what could be called disabled for the past few years when I was just in my early 30s. Now, I’m in my mid-30s, and I went from being inactive to getting my life back. I’m able to go to theme parks with my kids.”

Through walking and learning proper nutrition, Edwards has lost 24 pounds and is off the many medications she was on before.

“I’ve found a simple walk has made a major difference in my life,” Edwards said. “There’s something everyone can do, no matter what shape you’re currently in.”

Edwards urges people to please RSVP for any events by calling her at 739-1130 or