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City officials were surprised at their Thursday, May 6 city meeting by Pardee’s Lighten Up 4 Life “prize patrol”. The “City Hall Chubby Boys” team took top honors in the Lighten Up 4 Life competition for losing the highest percentage of weight of any team and losing a lot of extra “chub”!
“Our team wanted to show our staff that we could “walk the walk”, not just “talk the talk”. Besides, we all had some extra pounds to shed,” said W. Bowman “Bo” Ferguson, City Manager, City of Hendersonville. “We always have a few snacks at meetings but because of Lighten Up 4 Life, we’ve changed the nature of those snacks to include new healthier options” added Ferguson.
Pardee’s own team, “Radiant Rads,” finished a respectable second. And another one of the city’s teams; “Ton of Fun”, led by David Sapp, Human Resources Officer took the third spot. It appears that the city staff is taking this competition seriously.
Lighten Up 4 Life is a community weight loss competition that has inspired many people in Western North Carolina to lose more than 49,000 pounds, with Henderson County losing over 4,200 pounds in just two – 16 week sessions. The last 16 week Lighten Up 4 Life competition began May 3, but you can get started anytime. Family and friends can sign up and do something that will benefit you and your family for years to come – eat better, exercise more and lighten up for life. To sign up for Lighten Up 4 Life go to www.lightenup4life.com/pardee and fill out the registration form online. For more information on Lighten Up 4 Life contact Jill Geis at 692-7754.
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.
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.
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Canoeing and kayaking are low impact activities that can improve your aerobic fitness, strength and flexibility. They also provide health benefits such as:
Increased muscle strength from moving the paddle, particularly in the back, arms, shoulders and chest
Increased torso and leg strength, this from rotating the torso and applying pressure with your legs
Paddling is a low impact activity, this reduces the risk of wear-and-tear on joints and tissues
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.
[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.