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Register now for Hike to Health

Pardee Hospital is hosting a community outdoor event, “Hike to Health”, on Saturday, June 12, at DuPont State Forest. Participants will hike from Guion Farms to Wintergreen Falls. There is a kids hiking loop just a few steps away from the entrance to the Wintergreen Falls hiking trail. Registration for “Hike to Health” is quick and easy. Interested participants will register by calling 1-866-790-WELL. Registration is $15 per hiker, with no charge for children age 10 and under. The hike will begin at 9 a.m. rain or shine. Participants will receive an event T-shirt, hiking backpack, and healthy refreshments for before and after their hike. Pardee Hospital’s focus for Hike to Health is on community wellness to bring people together from Henderson County and the surrounding communities to promote healthy and active lifestyles. Our goal is to showcase hiking as a fun outdoors activity where you can get up and get active with your family and friends. The hike is also an opportunity for participants of Pardee Hospital’s Lighten Up 4 Life to kick-off the next trimester of weight loss. Directions to the Guion Farms parking lot at DuPont State Forest can be found by clicking on the links below. Directions from Pardee Hospital Directions from Asheville Directions from Brevard Space is limited, so be sure to sign up today!   -L

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Thank you to our Hike to Health sponsors

Hike to Health is only 31 days away and we are getting pumped for the event date to arrive. Be sure you call 1.866.790.WELL to register today as limited space is available. The 3-mile hike will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, at DuPont State Forest. We will meet at the Old Guion Farms parking lot, where registered hikers will receive their hiking back pack and T-shirt, as well as healthy refreshments including; delicious organic coffee provided by Jongo Java, snack bags from Immaculate Baking Co., and more. Outdoor activities will be provided in the open field for those who wish to participate and the kids hiking loop will be open for kids to take tours around the .37 mile trail to test their hiking skills. Hike to Health is fun for the whole family with gorgeous scenery and an unbelievable pay-off at Wintergreen Falls. Don't miss this opportunity to get outside and get active. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for this years' event for their generosity and support.

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“City Hall Chubby Boys” Winners of Pardee’s Lighten Up 4 Life Competition

[caption id="attachment_684" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="“City Hall Chubby Boys” from L to R: Bo Ferguson, Jeff Collis, Jerry Smith and Steve Caraker receive their award from Pardee Hospital’s Tim Auwarter"][/caption] 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. -CJP

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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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