The seventh annual series launches Oct. 1 with live-streamed conversations featuring leading voices on nutrition, physical fitness, and wellbeing.

(SAVANNAH, GA) The Enmarket Encourage Health Series in partnership with Healthy Savannah’s Educational Series LIVE broadcasts will kick off Thursday, October 1 with “Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety During COVID”

The program will be live-streamed at 1:00 p.m. on Healthy Savannah’s Facebook page. It will also be rebroadcast at a later date on the City of Savannah’s Government Channel and on

Now in its seventh year, the series pivoted from its traditional lunch-time lecture format to an online broadcast this year due to the COVID-19 virus, and the new format offers the opportunity for a wider audience to tap into and interact with experts as they provide important information on nutrition, physical fitness and wellbeing.

On the first program, audiences will see a familiar face, as Dr. Davana Pilczuk, who hosted the lunchtime series last year, will present “Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety During COVID”. Pilczuk is an award-winning kinesiologist who specializes in the field of human performance. Pilczuk will be accompanied on the program by her husband, Bill Pilczuk, SCAD Men’s and Women’s Swimming head coach and a former world champion 50-meter freestyle swimmer.

“Stress and anxiety are rampant these days,” said Pilczuk. “According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a third of Americans are now showing clinical signs of anxiety and depression. On top of that, COVID-19 and the resulting economic downturn have packed an unrelenting punch on all of us and our bodies and minds are giving way to it.”
This first lecture is sponsored by Clover Health.

Yearly schedule for the 2020-21 Enmarket Encourage Health Series, LIVE on Healthy Savannah’s Facebook page, starting at 1pm.

• October 1: Dr. Davana Pilczuk and Bill Pilczuk “Tips to Reduce Stress and Anxiety During COVID”
• January 7: Armand Turner, physical activity manager with Healthy Savannah’s and YMCA”s Racial and Ethnic Approach to Community Health (REACH) grant, will present “Activity Friendly Routes to Everyday Destinations,” outlining strategies for creating activity-friendly routes to everyday destinations in order to improve physical and mental health.
• April 1: Dr. Nandi A Marshall, assistant professor of Health Sciences with Georgia Southern UniversityJiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health; will speak on “Breaking the Breastfeeding Barriers,” which highlights the health benefits for breastfed infants and breastfeeding mothers, the racial disparity that exists for many of those mothers and children, and how businesses can help eliminate those barriers.
• July 1: Courtney Collett-Conner, a dietitian with Medical Nutrition of the Lowcountry, will present “Food Myths,” focusing on how easy and affordable it can be to connect the dots between eating well and lowering the risk for chronic diseases.”

The four programs of the 2020-21 series will be hosted by Frannie Williams, a wellness guide, writer, and certified yoga teacher. Williams received her MFA in performing arts from Savannah College of Art and Design and is the owner of Guided Surender Wellness Studio.
While all of the broadcasts are free and available to the public, organizers are requesting that audience members virtually RSVP at Those who register will receive a friendly reminder when each show date draws near, along with special offers that encourage health.

The 7th Annual Enmarket Encourage Health education series is presented in partnership with Healthy Savannah; media sponsor, the Savannah Morning News; and community partners, City of SavannahChatham CountyHealthy Savannah / YMCA of Coastal Georgia’s Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health team, Gulfstream and Clover Health. By going digital this year, the series is striving to safely engage with people wherever they are.

Enmarket, Savannah’s largest convenience store chain, employs more than 1,300 people and operates 127 convenience stores, 14 quick-serve restaurants, and a fast-casual restaurant as the 49th largest convenience store operator in the country. Founded as Interstate Stations by Robert Demere in 1963, the retailer operates convenience stores in Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina and was noted as the industry’s “Biggest Mover” in-store count ranking by Convenience Store News in 2018. The company is committed to giving back to the community through many charitable contributions and volunteer efforts, offering fresh food, healthy snacks, and competitively priced quality fuel as part of its mission to enrich life.

Healthy Savannah, a 501C (3) public charity is a public/private coalition of over 200 businesses, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, schools, neighborhood organizations, and healthcare and government agencies, It began as an initiative of City of Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, formed in 2007. Healthy Savannah leads and supports a culture of health in the Savannah area by creating an environment that makes a healthy choice the easy choice; building a collaborative network that identifies and shares resources; collecting and disseminating information, promoting best practices and implementing innovative programs, and advocating for effective policies. Since its inception, this innovative, cross-sector collaboration has vastly benefited the community as evidenced by numerous multi-agency projects, grants, and policy initiatives that have emerged from the initiative to create and sustain a Healthy Savannah.
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