Joan: Seizing the bird's eye view

  At the age of 73, I’m taking the chance to do things I've always wanted to do. One of those things is ziplining. I read about a ziplining company in my local newspaper and my family and I decided to try it out on our recent trip to Kauai. Ziplining isn't for everyone. When asked to join in, my daughter-in-law's parents said, "No way!" However, my son, daughter-in-law and...
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Ironman to iron woman: A fearless fitness journey

Regence employee Jennifer Cram knows what it’s like to undertake a long fitness journey—twice. Slow and steady wins the fitness race When Jennifer was only 29, she began to worry she would develop a chronic disease. She was overweight, had low energy and felt like life was passing her by. Her new husband was a runner and she watched him from the sidelines, eager to join in. ...
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Michele: Keeping it fresh and getting fit

  In January, I decided to make a lifestyle change and committed to eating primarily fresh, non-processed foods and to exercising every day for 30–60 minutes. Thus far, I am 74 days into my program with no lapses. I feel healthier and more fit. I am sleeping better and have really enjoyed preparing, cooking and eating different foods that weren’t always in my diet before. One...
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Kate: Fearless is making changes, one step at a time

  A wake-up call When Kate’s niece died of cardiac arrest at the age of 28, Kate was in shock. Her niece had been one of her best friends, and they’d gone on a trip to Las Vegas together just six weeks before. After emerging from her shock and grief, Kate took a step back to examine her life. She knew she had to make some changes. Her niece had been relatively healthy,...
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Lesa B: Walking to wellness

  Both of my grandmothers suffered heart attacks. One died in her 50s and the other survived. When I started to have shortness of breath and irregular heartbeats while skiing and hiking, I knew I needed to do something different. I was in my 50s and wanted to make sure I was still around when I had grandchildren. A visit to my cardiologist assured me I could “tame the beast” (my...
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