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Reducing food waste for a healthier planet and community

“Every year in the U.S., approximately 31% (133 billion pounds) of the overall food supply is wasted.” (1) 133 billion pounds. Meanwhile, over 48 million Americans live in a state of food insecurity (2).  This means that there are times when they are uncertain about having, or unable to acquire, enough food because they have insufficient money […]

The Phenomenal Lifestyle Transformation of Kim Rhodes

In January of 2015 Kim Rhodes (Furman Financial Services) decided to make a change.  Her son wanted to use the Furman Fitness Center (PAC) but wasn’t old enough to go alone.  She knew that she had to make a change for her family and to save her own life.  Kim had been feeling lousy and […]

The Blue Zones: Discovering the Secrets of Longevity

  Have you ever wondered what are the keys to living a long, happy life? Even with advances such as sanitation and medicine, life expectancies still vary considerably around the world.  For example, the country boasting the highest life expectancy is Japan at a whopping 84 years.  This falls down to 79 years in the U.S.,  60 in […]

Guide to Heart Health

Did you know that atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in the arteries) is actually a pediatric disease? Plaque build-up usually begins during childhood as a fatty streak.  It is caused by some initial injury to the inside of the blood vessel wall.  Over time, the fatty streak develops into a complex collection of cells called “plaque” that […]

Dear 16 year old me… what you need to know about melanoma

Spending time outdoors this summer? Take a few minutes to watch this powerful video about malignant melanoma: When I was 16 I wasted countless hours roasting myself in the sun like a rotisserie chicken.  I even slathered on the baby oil to accelerate the process.  In college, I visited a tanning bed several times per […]

Did you know that 1 out of 3 cancers may be preventable?

  Did you know that 1 out of 3 cancers may be preventable through healthier lifestyle choices?  World Cancer Day is February 4, 2014.  This is an opportunity to increase awareness about the importance of healthier behaviors and early detection.   As a young adult, I thought that I was invincible.  I believed that cancer […]