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Fun activity leads to healthier lifestyle
Seven-year-old Drew Wilson demonstrates his hula hoop skills at a recent Weight Watchers club meeting. Drew’s mother and grandmother are lifetime members of the diet club.

Those in the know realize that losing weight takes not only smart food choices but regular exercise, as well. At a recent Weight Watchers diet club and support group meeting, members took turns trying out hula-hooping as a fun exercise activity. Weight Watchers counselors encourage members to be active in their weight loss journey and to find ways to incorporate fun activities into their regular exercise routines.
Lifetime Weight Watchers member Martha Price recently celebrated her 81st birthday at a club meeting. To honor her commitment to Weight Watchers, healthy eating and regular activity, club leader Brenda Pennington presented Price with a new pedometer to use to measure her walking distance. Price says she walks two miles each day as part of her healthy weight loss plan.
Weight Watchers meets every Tuesday at the First United Methodist Church in Paintsville. Weigh-in starts at 5:30 and the club meeting begins at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Workforce Solutions concludes ‘Career Craze’ camp
Members of the BSCTC Workforce Solutions team pose for a photo with Dr. Chandra Varia and students who participated in the recent healthcare-focused Career Craze camp.

Workforce Solutions at Big Sandy Community and Technical College completed its “Career Craze” camp recently at Adams Middle School, in Prestonsburg.
The four-day camp focused on careers in healthcare. Dr. Chandra Varia, a local physician and member of the Big Sandy College Educational Foundation, Inc., was the featured speaker for the final day of the camp. 
Kelli Hall, director of Workforce Solutions at BSCTC, said the camp allowed students to experience first-hand careers in healthcare. 
“Watching students work closely with healthcare professionals was very inspiring,” said Hall. “I want to thank all of the people who participated and made this camp a huge success. We could not have put this together without the help of our allied health programs, our community partners and the administration, staff and faculty at Adams Middle School.” 
For more information about Workforce Solutions at BSCTC, contact Kelli Hall at (606) 788-2946 or email

‘Plate It Up’ using locally grown foods

y Kathy J. Prater
Associate Editor

Johnson County Extension agents presented a nutrition program entitled “Plate It Up” recently at the extension office. The program, presented as a “leader lesson” for local Extension Homemakers and other community leaders, focused on preparing healthy recipes using locally grown “Kentucky Proud” foods. Andrea Johnson, Magoffin County FCS agent, presented the lesson, along with Johnson County Extension SNAP-ED program coordinator Elaine Burton. Participants sampled the freshly prepared recipes and took home recipe cards in order to duplicate the dishes in their own homes. Johnson County Extension Office leader lessons are presented monthly and are open to the public. Call 789-8108 for more information.

Awaken Conference 2014

Awaken Conference 2014 was held this past weekend on the grounds of the Paintsville Recreation Center. The two-day event spread a message of Christian love and teachings through music, fellowship and personal testimonies. The event has been held in Johnson County since 2009.

‘Changing hearts through healthcare’

PIKEVILLE -- With servant hearts, University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) students embarked on a weeklong mission trip using their gifts to volunteer in the community of Batey Nueve, Dominican Republic.
The mission team of more than 56 volunteers included 37 KYCOM students. Approximately 1,100 patients ranging in age from infant to mid-80s were treated over the course of three days at clinics in Batey Nueve, Batey Cuchillo and Batey Cinco. Patients were provided with prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, first-aid care and osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT).
“The sense of community in Christ was so strong in Batey Nueve that I couldn’t help but be affected by it. This experience only fueled my passion to become a compassionate physician and to lovingly serve my patients and the people around me,” said Emily Broomell, second-year student at KYCOM. “As a curious future physician, this trip was an awesome opportunity to see and learn new things that we might not experience in the United States.”

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