Moms get motivated to be healthy

Priority Health Champions with Maranda

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) West Michigan families are making the change to live healthier, more active lives. Some of them dedicate themselves to this new lifestyle by becoming Priority Health Champions.

Champions for Team Priority Health is a team of people who want to share their story, attend some fun community events or races in the coming year, and spread the word about health and wellness.

Valissa Armstead and Aliya Armstrong are mothers who are getting active to live a healthier lifestyle and be role models for their family and their community. They will both be participating in the Gazelle Girl 5K on April 19 for the first time alongside their daughters.

Armstrong lost both of her parents before they were 35 due to health-related causes. She decided take action by eating healthy and staying active. She lost 40 pounds in a year and also got her eight-year-old daughter and 76-year-old grandmother to adopt healthier lifestyles. Aliya has become very passionate about running and spreads that passion throughout the community. She leads a group of 45 women with a running group she founded, S.T.A.R.S. (Sisters Taking Action Reversing Statistics).

The Gazelle Girl Half Marathon and 5K kicks off at 8 a.m. on Sunday, April 19 at Calder Plaza in Grand Rapids. Participants can enjoy the Expotique on Saturday, April 18 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Ford Fieldhouse at Grand Rapids Community College. For information on how to sign up, visit

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