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French Broad River Classique Canoe - Race Day

We were listening to the weather the whole way driving to the 2010 French Broad Classique Canoe Race. With approaching weather the race went off without a hitch and the rain held on for pretty much the whole event. As a sponsor of this race, it was made evident to us by the participants, as to how important health and wellness is and how fun it can be. There were folks as young as 15 to people in their 70s. We saw national record holders, an author and everyone in between. It was a close nit group that shared in the passion for the sport of paddling. We will post some interviews soon, but check out the photos below and you'll find an amazing culture of athletes, families, and friends that all find wellness from good exercise, the outdoors, and fun.

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On the river with Dr. Crane

Dr. Crane speaks to us about the health benefits of canoeing and kayaking in WNC. With a focus on community wellness, Pardee is sponsoring the 2010 French Broad River Classique Canoe & Kayak Race that is being held this weekend. I went paddling with Dr. Crane to get some insight on a sport that he loves, check out the video below. Below is where we launched from: View Larger Map

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French Broad River Classique Canoe & Kayak Race

Pardee is sponsoring the 2010 French Broad River Classique Canoe & Kayak Race. This race is hosted by FB Canoe Racing, Inc., a North Carolina nonprofit corporation and is set for the weekend of April 24-25. You still have time to sign-up for the Classique or for The Fun Race.

Canoeing and kayaking are low impact activities that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. They also provide health benefits such as:
  1. Cardiovascular fitness
  2. Increased muscle strength from moving the paddle, particularly in the back, arms, shoulders and chest
  3. Increased torso and leg strength, this from rotating the torso and applying pressure with your legs
  4. Paddling is a low impact activity, this reduces the risk of wear-and-tear on joints and tissues
  5. Kayaking and canoeing can be peaceful and meditative or can be exhilarating
Canoeing and kayaking can be done as a hobby, a competitive sport or as a fun activity. A Canoeing exercise program doesn't just help you to lose fat, it also helps you to strengthen arm and shoulder muscles, reduce your waistline and lower blood pressure. And remember that before beginning any exercise program, it is recommended that you should first consult a physician or other qualified health care provider.

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"The Biggest Loser" Cameras Rolling in Asheville

[caption id="attachment_285" align="alignleft" width="243" caption="Photo courtesy of Michael Justus, Times-News"][/caption] On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the popular TV show "The Biggest Loser" rolled into town to film a segment at MANNA FoodBank. General Mills has partnered with "The Biggest Loser" to help end hunger while also promoting healthier lifestyles through the creation of the Pound for Pound Challenge.  For every pound pledged, General Mills will donate $.14 to the designated foodbank, and for those participating in Western N.C., MANNA Foodbank is the recipient. Lighten Up 4 Life team members were involved as well, pledging their pounds towards the Pound for Pound Challenge to help increase the amount of support given back to those in our community through MANNA.  I, along with a few other hospital employees, was able to take part in the special event. Upon our arrival at MANNA, we were ushered inside to fill out release forms just in case we became mega movie stars and our faces ended up on national television. The camera crew was preparing their equipment and the set was ready to go. Boxes of food filled up the MANNA warehouse and volunteers waited anxiously for their instructions. Once the cameras began rolling, volunteers were put to work stuffing and labeling bags of rice. Students from local elementary schools were present and very excited about the event. At one point the director said we could all stop working and the children were the first to yell an enthusiastic, "NO!" and the director let us keep packing up boxes with food. The film crew spent the entire day in Asheville showcasing not only the beauty of Western N.C., but also the quality of the people that live here and the great passion we have for helping our community and a continued commitment to wellness.  Don't miss the airing of the show on March 9 at 8 p.m. on NBC.  -L See the Times-News article. See the Citizen-Times article.

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100 Years Old and Going Strong!

[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

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