Get Fit By Attending New Program



We are all discovering new ways or remembering old family favorite recipes to use apples these days. My own favorite way is to pick them, with permission naturally, and eat them as I take my morning walk. They are so delicious.

"The Fit Weigh" in Pine is a new health awareness program beginning in Pine and Strawberry. Sue Thompson, a Pine resident, designed and will conduct this program. She is a fitness professional with masters' degrees in exercise physiology and cardiac rehabilitation and 30 years of experience in fitness and wellness.

Obesity is a top health concern in the United States today. According to Thompson, 31 percent of adults are seriously overweight and 31.5 percent of children ages 6 through 19 are overweight, with 16.5 percent of these children being seriously overweight.

Thompson ill conduct a one-hour seminar each month, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., beginning Oct 27 at the school gymnasium in Pine. There will be a short session to talk, educate and motivate and then the group will walk followed by questions and answers. There will be handouts including tips and recipes for healthy snacks for children. Individuals and families are invited to these sessions.

"Doing the Walk" is another program Thompson created and implemented with the assistance of Kathe Ketchem. It is under way at the Pine/Strawberry school where the students are walking with the goal of reaching the North Pole by Dec 16.

Doing the Walk is a walking program for students at the Pine Strawberry School.

There are three measured tracks at the school. Each student gets credit for distances walked so all walking is tabulated and added together The goal is to walk the distance equivalent to a walk to the North Pole. It is 3815 miles from Payson to the North Pole. If each student averages three or four miles per week, the school will get there by Dec. 17.

Participation is voluntary but so far, everyone is joining in. The goal of these programs is to educate and motivate individuals and families in the how-to's of a lifestyle that promotes healthy eating and physical activity. With questions about either of these programs, call Sue Thompson at (928) 476-2965.

Computer pals

The PC Users Group will meet at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 19 in the senior dining room in Pine.

The web is an endless source of information but must be used carefully. Most PC users only have their computers protected with an anti-virus program. This session will show how to add a firewall, spyware blocker and a malicious ad blocker. All of these combined will add protection to your computer.

These sessions are open to all and very interesting and educational. First-timers are free. Regulars pay $1 to cover expenses.

The Old Time Fiddlers Jam Session is at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct 20, in the Cultural Hall at the Pine Community Center. Everyone is invited to enjoy the hand-clapping, foot-stomping music or bring your instrument and join in the playing. It is great fun for all.

There is still time to read Ten Little Indians, by Sherman Alexie, for the Quarterly Book Discussion at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library. Kathleen Alexander-Young is an amazing, interesting and knowledgeable discussion leader. Join the group on Saturday, Oct 23, at 1 p.m. Extra copies of the book are available at the library.

The Oktoberfest, sponsored by Strawberry's Elite will be from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Black Bear Restaurant in Strawberry. The menu includes Charlie's wonderful brats on a bun, sauerkraut, German potato salad and a variety of fall desserts. Whitewater will provide the entertainment. Strawberry's Elite is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families in our communities. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door.
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