Daily Progress, Jacksonville, TX


January 10, 2014

Area entities offer ways to live healthier

CHEROKEE COUNTY — Those looking to implement an exercise plan as part of their goal for the new year have many opportunities to achieve their desire for healthier living.

Women ages 55 and older interested in participating in an exercise research study through the University of Texas at Tyler Department of Health and Kinesiology can attend one of two sessions Saturday at the UT Tyler Herrington Patriot Center.

Dr. Joyce Ballard, a well-known exercise physiologist and UT Tyler professor, will lead the sessions, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

The study focuses on improving fitness, balance and vascular health to help prevent osteoperosis, and subjects must have physician approval.

Participants will be paired with a kinesiology student who will serve as a personal trainer during the eight-wee morning classes, to be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Feb. 25.

To learn more, contact Dr. Ballard at 903-566-7042.

ETMC Olympic Center in Tyler will host a seminar on the benefits of exercise, noon Tuesday at the ETMC Pavilion, 801 Clinic Drive in Tyler. Center director Jeramie Hinojosa will lead the session, which includes lunch. While free, participants are encouraged to pre-register by calling 866-333-ETMC, pressing option “6.”

In Bullard, the local elementary and high schools are registered weigh-in sites for a “Lighten Up East Texas” regional weight loss challenge.

The challenge – open to adults 18 and older – focuses participant weigh-in from Jan. 10 through March 31, with prizes awarded to those who hit certain goals.

Bullard Elementary principal Lisa Williams, one of the contact persons for the local weigh-ins, said the district was interested in making the challenge more accessible to local residents.

Weigh-ins at the elementary campus are from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment, while at the high school, weigh-in times are from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Contact Williams or Donna Jeffus at the elementary campus, 903-894-2930, email LISA.WILLIAMS@BULLARDISD.NET. Celeste Bochow is the high school campus contact.

Rusk's Beyond Fitness gym, at 189 Henderson, is hosting an essay contest for youths, who describe why it's important to them to lose weight and be healthy. The prize is a free membership and entry fee, according to owners Sterling and Jenny Pratz.

Last summer, the couple began hosting fitness camps for youths ages eight through 12th grade.

his summer, Beyond Fitness Gym will hold youth fitness camps beginning in June: The program for younger participants (ages eight through seventh grade) will be June 15 to July 15, while the one for older youths runs from June 22 to July 22.

To learn more call Jenny Pratz at 903-393-3623, or Sterling Pratz, 903-393-2984. Information also may be found on their Facebook page, Beyond Fitness – Rusk, TX.

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