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Senior athlete talks to Mesa residents about overcoming challenges

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Chris Wallace recently shared his personal story with close to 60 Mesa residents at Humana's Mesa community location at 5943 E. McKellips Drive. (Special to MyNewsMesa.com)

Most people would give up when faced with one health setback after another but not Chris Wallace. Wallace, who lives in the East Valley, overcame significant health setbacks—which included knee surgery, a hernia and a heart attack—to ultimately compete in his first National Senior Games, the largest multi-sport championship event in the world for adults 50 and over, a few years ago.

Wallace shared his personal story with close to 60 Mesa residents recently at the Humana community location, 5943 E. McKellips Drive. Wallace shared how he was motivated to resume his active lifestyle and recently achieved All-American status in triple jump, his proudest feat to date. This past July, Wallace competed in the triple and long jump at the 2017 National Senior Games in Alabama.

His story of determination led to him being selected as a Humana Game Changer by Humana, a leading health and well-being company and sponsor of the 2017 National Senior Games. Humana Game Changers are athletes who exemplify healthy aging and provide encouragement, motivation and inspiration for all seniors to start with healthy.

Following his talk, Wallace was the guest bingo caller for the weekly Farm Basket Bingo at the Humana community location in Mesa.

The Humana community location is open to the public and provides health and wellness education, healthy cooking classes, computer and technology classes, public awareness and health and wellness forums by community experts, walking clubs, and social events. The Mesa location is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information or for a schedule of classes, call 480-325-4707.

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