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Blue Mountain Hospital employees to take fall Fitness Challenge - Medically Speaking, Volume One, Number Three, 9/12/13

Blue Mountain Hospital employees to take fall Fitness Challenge

Blue Mountain Hospital employees spend much of their time encouraging patients to take better care of themselves, but starting in September they will be putting their effort where their encouragement has been.

Beginning on September 17, employees can choose to participate in one of two fitness challenges; the first an actual fitness challenge, the second a weight loss challenge. The programs are intended to promote a smart, balanced approach to health, happiness and a positive influence. To participate in either challenge, sign up with Alon Pugh at Precision Rehabilitation by September 17.

Program 1 requires participants to exercise at least 5 minutes three times a week, and increase the exercise time by 5 minutes each week. By the end of the program, on December 10, each participant must be e exercising at least one-half hour three times each week. Participants will receive a calendar that must be kept up to date, during the program and they must check in with Alon on specified dates. For each date they check in their names will be entered into a drawing to win prizes.

Program 2 is a weight loss competition by percentage. Participants will give their starting weight to Alon no sooner than September 17, and your ending weight before December 10. At the end, the total weight loss percentage will be calculated and prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place.

To learn more about the Fitness Challenges, contact Laurie Okkema in Dialysis, Debra King in Dietary, Kent Turek in Administration or Alon Pugh in Physical Therapy.

To assist those participating in the challenges, Debra King has offered a few tasty, low-calorie recipes you can try. We have included one in this month's newsletter. She is also offering a couple of tasty 'Healthy Snack Packets' that can be purchased in the Blue Mountain Bistro in place of more traditional snacks. See the ad in this newsletter that shows the snack packets. And have fun taking part in this year's fitness challenge.

Again, to help with you fitness challenge, Debra King, the BMH Dietary Manager, is offering some delicious, healthy recipes. Find one on page 11 of this month's newsletter, and enjoy!

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