By SHANNON WATKINS
Beginning in 2014, Pulaski’s Hensel Eckman YMCA will offer a Christ-centered health program called “First Place for Health.”
Twelve weeks in duration, the program will include a weekly weigh-in, group discussion and daily personal Bible study, and help to promote a balanced lifestyle for participants. “First Place for Health” will be led by the Rev. Olin Whitener and Ruth Ann Whitener, who became involved in the First Place program in the fall of 1997 in Darlington, S.C. Together, the couple lost over 100 pounds. Olin began participating in half-marathons and 5K races, and both now work out at the Y’ three or four mornings a week.
The initial First Place for Health meeting will be held at the YMCA Sunday, Jan. 12, at 3:30 pm. Cost to participate will be $10 and will go to the cost of materials and your first place Bible study book. At this first group meeting, participants will meet one another, get an overview of materials and learn what to expect at other meetings. The meetings will last about 90 minutes, which includes time for weigh-in.
Participation in the first session will be limited to the first 10 applicants. For more information and registration forms call or sign-up at the YMCA 540-980-3671 or contact Olin and/or Ruth Ann Whitener at 540-674-5934. Registration deadline is Dec. 31 or until 10 participants have been selected.