Ashley and Sally Pace always considered themselves a healthy couple. Ashley, who works in health risk management, would preach to his clients about the importance of getting out and moving. However, the Paces, who have been married for 18 years, got a wake-up call when they saw the documentary “Forks Over Knives.” It opened their eyes to how food significantly impacts our health.
“We stopped eating red meat, and began following a more plant based diet,” they say, which helped Ashley lose 50 pounds over the next two years. Now he eats vegan, but allows fish. The college sweethearts stay active by practicing yoga together and going for bike rides with their 3-year-old son, William. “We love walking, especially since our son is getting to the age where he enjoys being active,” says Sally. The couple makes it a point to work out regularly and Sally takes Pure Barre classes.
For Ashley, a healthy diet and regular exercise is as important for his health as it is his career. “I need to practice what I preach,” he claims.
The couple became involved with the American Heart Association because they wanted to support an organization that encourage healthy lifestyles.
They’ve spent the past year leading the executive planning committee for the American Heart Association’s 40th Annual Heart Ball that takes place in Memphis on February 20th. “I’m looking forward to the event because I know there will be people who may not know all the hard facts about heart disease,” says Ashley. “It’s an opportunity to educate people about the breadth and seriousness of cardiovascular disease.”
“It’s no secret that Memphis has been recognized for being an unhealthy community, but the American Heart Association’s work coupled with other initiatives within the city has made a great impact on getting people educated and active.” The Heart Ball will commemorate the success of the American Heart Association’s work over the past 40 years.
by Lori Pope Photo by Ziggy Mack
40th Annual Mid-South Heart Ball
February 26, 2016
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