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PCH kicks-off ‘Fit Extension’

Pulaski County held a kick-off event for "Fit Extension" at Pulaski Community Hospital’s education building on Saturday, March 28.
Fit Extension is an eight-week walking program which runs from March 29 to May 23, with the goal of improving health and fitness.
Sarah Burkett, senior extension agent, FCS provided a short introduction on program objectives and goals for team captains and program participants.
In addition, Katrina Butner, a PhD student in human nutrition, foods and exercise at Virginia Tech provided a session on the benefits of exercise.
Team captains and participants completed and turned in registration forms. The program concluded with refreshments provided by Pulaski Community Hospital.
Teams of six members, led by a captain, will collectively walk at least 480 miles, which is the distance across Virginia. This distance equates to approximately 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on at least five days each week by each member of the team. Teams selected team captains, decided on a team name and set team goals. Team members will also begin tracking their physical activity and consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Captains will report team progress weekly to the local Extension Office.
At program completion, teams will have walked 480 miles across Virginia eating fruits and vegetables all along the way.
Pulaski County has 17 adult teams and one youth team participating. Listed below are the teams and captains:
•Mary Hall- 50 Paces
•Sharon Rupe- Bookies
•Tammy Reynolds- CSU: Pulaski
•Dreama Fields- Feeling It Together
•Valerie Goad- FIT (Friends in Training)
•Gena Hanks- For Pete’s Sake
•Sheri Parcel- Grape Expectations
•Tanya Gravley- Heart Focus
•Sarah Burkett- Happy Heels
•Tammie Havens- Social Butterflies
•Kathy Webb- Solemates
•John Grimm- Team JC
•Jodi Worrell- The Trekking Therapists
•Trina Porterfield- Vegi-licious Babes of NRCA
•Katrina Cometa- Wacky Walkers
•Greta Blevins- Walkie-Talkies
•Teresa Talbert- Wanna Bes
•Katrina Cometa- Groovy Grasshoppers of Critter Corner (Youth Team)
Program sponsors include: Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, Hodge Insurance, National Bank, Pulaski Community Hospital, Pulaski County and Waller Insurance.
Upcoming Events include:
•April 23- "Lett-uce Turn-up to Eat Fruits and Veggies"; this program will be taught at Pulaski Community Hospital’s education building from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.. Pre-register by April 15 to sample and obtain recipes and ideas for including a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet. This program is open to the public, but pre-registration is required.
•May 26- A Fit Extension celebration will be held at Randolph Park. Awards and t-shirts will be distributed to program participants.

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PCH kicks-off ‘Fit Extension’

Pulaski County held a kick-off event for "Fit Extension" at Pulaski Community Hospital’s education building on Saturday, March 28.
Fit Extension is an eight-week walking program which runs from March 29 to May 23, with the goal of improving health and fitness.
Sarah Burkett, senior extension agent, FCS provided a short introduction on program objectives and goals for team captains and program participants.
In addition, Katrina Butner, a PhD student in human nutrition, foods and exercise at Virginia Tech provided a session on the benefits of exercise.
Team captains and participants completed and turned in registration forms. The program concluded with refreshments provided by Pulaski Community Hospital.
Teams of six members, led by a captain, will collectively walk at least 480 miles, which is the distance across Virginia. This distance equates to approximately 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity on at least five days each week by each member of the team. Teams selected team captains, decided on a team name and set team goals. Team members will also begin tracking their physical activity and consumption of fruits and vegetables.
Captains will report team progress weekly to the local Extension Office.
At program completion, teams will have walked 480 miles across Virginia eating fruits and vegetables all along the way.
Pulaski County has 17 adult teams and one youth team participating. Listed below are the teams and captains:
•Mary Hall- 50 Paces
•Sharon Rupe- Bookies
•Tammy Reynolds- CSU: Pulaski
•Dreama Fields- Feeling It Together
•Valerie Goad- FIT (Friends in Training)
•Gena Hanks- For Pete’s Sake
•Sheri Parcel- Grape Expectations
•Tanya Gravley- Heart Focus
•Sarah Burkett- Happy Heels
•Tammie Havens- Social Butterflies
•Kathy Webb- Solemates
•John Grimm- Team JC
•Jodi Worrell- The Trekking Therapists
•Trina Porterfield- Vegi-licious Babes of NRCA
•Katrina Cometa- Wacky Walkers
•Greta Blevins- Walkie-Talkies
•Teresa Talbert- Wanna Bes
•Katrina Cometa- Groovy Grasshoppers of Critter Corner (Youth Team)
Program sponsors include: Carilion New River Valley Medical Center, Hodge Insurance, National Bank, Pulaski Community Hospital, Pulaski County and Waller Insurance.
Upcoming Events include:
•April 23- "Lett-uce Turn-up to Eat Fruits and Veggies"; this program will be taught at Pulaski Community Hospital’s education building from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.. Pre-register by April 15 to sample and obtain recipes and ideas for including a variety of fruits and vegetables in your diet. This program is open to the public, but pre-registration is required.
•May 26- A Fit Extension celebration will be held at Randolph Park. Awards and t-shirts will be distributed to program participants.

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