[caption id="attachment_129" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Boyd Campbell Working Out at Pardee Rehab"][/caption] Boyd Campbell celebrated his 100th birthday a few days ago. How often can you tell someone that they don’t look a day over 80 and it be a compliment? I had the honor to meet with Mr. Campbell this week. He still works out three times a week at the Pardee Rehab & Wellness Center. “When the weather is nice, I try to get a couple swims in each week too,” said Campbell. I asked him his secret for health and longevity. “I worked pretty much my whole life. I stayed active and never smoked.” Sounds simple doesn’t it? Sure makes me feel guilty for getting only one work-out this week! Mr. Campbell shared some of his amazing story with me. He received his bachelor’s degree in Horticulture in 1935 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. 1935! That’s before World War II! He smiles when I make note of that fact and mentions that he raised apples and children for many years in Taylorsville, N.C. before moving to Hendersonville in 1970. He got involved with Masters swimming from a friend that is a few years his senior. Yes, older than him! He is an active member of the local YMCA and has won a bunch of medals in swimming over the past 25 years. He and his wife Rosalind will be celebrating their 70th anniversary in a few months. They have six children, 12 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. I could quickly tell by his interactions with the staff and other people exercising at Pardee Rehab that he was very well liked. At the end of the interview I said my goodbyes and felt a just a little better about the world. -CJP
Today, I got to hear a seminar called "The Green Side of Printing." Paper is not seen as a very environmentally friendly industry, but I learned differently today. The paper industry has taken giant steps to being green. Since 1990, they have decreased their carbon footprint by using 90% less chemicals and water, 80% less paper waste, 90% less solvents which has led to 95% less damage to the environment. For every tree they cut down, they plant anywhere from 2 - 4 trees to replace it. One paper company even bought part of a Brazilian rain forest that had been destroyed just to replant and restore it. There are more trees today in the US than there was 100 years ago. Even with all these good things the paper companies do, illegal logging and mismanagement of forests are still occurring throughout the world. Each year mainly because of the demand for cheap paper. The US government passed a law in May 2008 that bans the sale or trade of ALL illegally harvested wood and forest products domestic or foreign.
Within the last year we have stepped up our efforts to be enviromentaly friendly here at Pardee. You may have seen our PardeeGreen logo on the website or printed materials. In the majority of our printed pieces, we use a paper that is a 100% recycled and manufacted using biogas energy. This paper is FSC certified, meaning the paper we use can be traced back to the forest where the trees were cut and to know that our paper was not from illegally harvested trees. Their goal is to protect endangered forests and the indigenous people and animals that live in those forests. This is one of our small changes for the enviroment. Next time you see one of our pieces, look for the PardeeGreen and the FSC logos. kj
In our recent past, we have been working diligently on quite a few video projects. We are proud of this work so we put together a YouTube Channel of the work and of our stories. When you are perusing the videos remember that all of the images are images that we took of the local area and of our physicians, employees and supporters. I think that is what I'm most proud of. - R