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Step Up and Step Out

The one thing that I was looking forward to the most after nine years of consistent cross-country and track practice was simple: an opportunity to just go for a walk. After countless runs…

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Spokes and Sprokets

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Choosing the Right Bike for You

When I was a kid, we didn’t have too many bikes to choose from. There were kids’ bikes that varied more by the color and type of seat and handle bars. Mine was…

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Senior Moves

Low Impact Can Be Highly Effective

A couple of weeks ago as I sat in a doctor’s waiting room for a routine checkup, I found myself mesmerized by a television show that featured “extreme low impact exercises” for seniors.  As…

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Paws To Play

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Giving Your Pet Something to Smile About: dental health for cats and dogs

When you think about your pet’s health and wellness, you don’t necessarily consider the importance of dental care. But dental health can play a key role in their quality of life. “So often,…

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Moves that Count

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AthHalf – Not Just for Runners!

Chances are, if you plan to run the AthHalf half-marathon, you are probably already training for the big event, scheduled for Sunday, October 19. For the rest of us, there are still plenty…

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Upcoming Events

  1. Piedmont College Hustle for Hunger 5K

    October 25 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  2. 6th OCHS BAND ON THE RUN 5K RUN/WALK

    October 25 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  3. 14th ANNUAL JACK O LANTERN JOG 5K and GOBLIN FUN RUN

    October 26 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  4. 24th SPECIAL OLYMPICS ANNUAL RUN (SOAR) 5K

    November 8 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
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Good Morning, Body and Brain!

It is a well-known fact that exercise in the morning is not only good for your overall health but it also helps you think and function better throughout the day. For hundreds and…

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Make Veggies Fun this Fall!

Here are some great ways to create fun veggie dishes with and for your kids. And remember, children love to get their hands into making food (literally), so let them help … it’s…

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Healthy Recipes

  Farfalle with Spinach and ‘Shrooms Ingredients: 6 oz. farfalle (bow-tie pasta) 1 T olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1 C Portobello mushrooms, sliced 2 garlic cloves, minced 4 C fresh spinach,…

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We Can Still Learn from the “Good Ol’ Days”

Remember when Scrabble was the newest game in town? And comic books were seen as suspicious (and were certainly not viewed as literature)? Yah, me either. Scrabble was invented in the 1940s, and…

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They found the courage and drive to keep moving … what’s your excuse?

Swimming isn’t just therapy for this wounded warrior. He is here to win!  Alan Crawford is paralyzed from the waste down but paddles rivers throughout Georgia and even leads group trips. Silas Hicks…

Orlando Maximus Green: Chasing World Records

If you saw Orlando Maximus Green in the weight room at the Athens YMCA, you might think that he is just a very big guy who pumps a lot of iron.  You probably…

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Injury Prevention in Youth Football: Great information for coaches and parents alike!

As summer turns to fall, football fever is in the air. Teams at the youth, high school, collegiate, and professional levels have already begun preparation for the upcoming season. While the focus is…

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New Website to Help Fight Obesity

Are you willing to help combat obesity in Georgia?  UGA Extension’s Walk Georgia is debuting a new website and we are asking state residents like you to help by registering for the program…