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December 29, 2014


Fall is the best time to try trail-running

Our area is blessed with an abundance of outside. And by “outside,” I mean all the green space that is full of mountains, rocks, dirt, trees and creeks and has trails running through it. Within a short drive of downtown Anniston, there are routes beckoning to you to come eat their dirt.

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Friday 10/17/2014
RECORD-BREAKING: Someday soon, someone is going to run a two-hour marathon
Posted: October 17, 2014

It’s marathon season, that time of year when hordes of local runners pile miles onto their training calendar in preparation for a 26.2 mile race.

Friday 10/03/2014
“Miles for Midwives” 5K to raise awareness of childbirth options
Posted: October 03, 2014

On a cool day last fall, runners left from a streaming arched starting line to inaugurate Anniston’s first “Miles for Midwives” 5K and Kids Mile at the McClellan Medical Mall.

Saturday 09/20/2014
Man + dog: McClellan facility to host Canine Biathlon competition
Posted: September 20, 2014

Dog owners, are you and your dog tough enough? The AMK9 Academy at McClellan wants to find out. The academy is hosting the area’s first Canine Biathlon on Oct. 4 at its facilities in Anniston.

Sunday 08/24/2014
Grab a yardstick and some duct tape to start testing your fitness level
Updated: August 24, 2014 - 1:33 am

It’s true that you should never judge a book by its cover. You certainly cannot tell how fit someone is just by looking at them.

Sunday 08/17/2014
Now 9 years old, Payton Thornton is learning to live with a rare skin disorder
Updated: August 17, 2014 - 1:13 am

A race car for a child with a rare skin disease doesn’t sound like such a wise idea. But that’s just the kind of little boy Payton Thornton is: tough.

Saturday 08/16/2014
Fuel Up! Nutritional choices make all the difference on race day
Updated: August 16, 2014 - 11:15 pm

“You are what you eat.” Nothing could be truer for us runners.

Sunday 07/27/2014
FIT FOR LIFE: Five reasons to run the Woodstock 5K
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 4:16 pm

In a recent letter to the editor in The Anniston Star, Saks resident Ralph Usrey invited everyone in the area to participate in Anniston Runners Club’s signature race, the historic Woodstock 5K, which will take place for the 34th year at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Saturday 07/19/2014
Hot new workouts at Mania fitness convention
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 12:47 am

Where can you take fitness classes like Piloxing, Speedball Metablast, XpertPole Fitness, Aqua Mixology, Schwinn Cycling and Rope Burn all in one weekend? Atlanta Mania is where.

Saturday 07/05/2014
To treat pain, manage stress
Posted: July 05, 2014

Stress is a major factor in how your mind and body react to disease, pain, personal relationships, even your ability to reason through a situation.

Saturday 06/14/2014
Like father, like son: Family history a major factor for controversial prostate cancer test
Posted: June 14, 2014

About 16 percent of men will receive a prostate cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes, nearly 3 percent of whom will die from it. And while many believe a PSA blood test was vital in catching their prostate cancer early, there is a debate taking place within the medical community challenging the testing.

Pump up the workout with Tabata drills
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 12:47 am

Over the past few years one of the buzzwords in fitness has been Tabata training. The intense 4-minute drill challenges both anaerobic and aerobic systems, which means you process oxygen more effectively.

Saturday 06/07/2014
Chamber manager lives life to the fullest with MS
Posted: June 07, 2014

The same tenacity and determination with which Linda Hearn approached her multiple sclerosis diagnosis, she applies to her career with the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce where she will celebrate her 25th anniversary next year.

To avoid sick care, be proactive in health care
Posted: June 07, 2014

Where does health come from? Does it come from a pill? Can you insert it or remove it? Often, medical care, what is called “health care,” is actually sick care.

Saturday 05/31/2014
Study says no such thing as non-celiac gluten sensitivity
Updated: June 11, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Over the past couple of years, gluten-free has become one of America’s most popular diet trends. Proponents have sworn by it, claiming it relieves  symptoms such as an upset stomach or inflammation they say is caused by eating gluten, a protein mixture that naturally occurs in many wheat and grain-based products.

Sunday 05/18/2014
Finding her voice: Calhoun County mother named Ms. Wheelchair Alabama USA
Updated: May 20, 2014 - 8:15 pm

Michele Miller, who was born with spastic cerebral palsy, always saw herself as an ordinary wife and mother — even if she faced more challenges than most. But the lifelong Calhoun County woman who last month was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Alabama USA learned from an early age that she was not defined by those challenges.

It’s never too early for proper spinal care
Updated: May 20, 2014 - 7:24 pm

Just as good nutrition, sleep and exercise are key elements for a healthy childhood, so is keeping a child’s nervous system free and clear of interference.

Sunday 05/11/2014
Spread the word ... and the sunscreen: ‘Michelle’s Melanoma Army’ educates teens on skin cancer
Updated: May 20, 2014 - 7:19 pm

To honor their coach, Michelle Bain, and to commemorate May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the Donoho cheerleaders wore black to school on “Melanoma Monday,” the first Monday in May. And this weekend the squad was out in force for Relay for Life, where they assisted Bain’s team, aptly named “Michelle’s Melanoma Army.”

Get moving at SilverSneakers class
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 12:48 am

If you are 65 or older and have not received your SilverSneakers “magic” card in the mail, then you are missing out on this nation’s leading fitness program for active older adults.

Sunday 04/27/2014
Gymnastics, yoga combine in AcroYoga
Updated: August 01, 2014 - 1:44 am

AcroYoga. Never heard of it? That’s OK, the new workout trend — a combination of partner acrobatics and yoga — has not made it into our area yet. But if former local gymnastics standout Elizabeth Overton is correct, AcroYoga is the hottest fitness craze and it’s coming our way.

Sunday 04/20/2014
Tourism booms but health concerns remain four years after Gulf oil spill
Updated: June 17, 2014 - 2:27 pm

Today marks the four-year anniversary of the largest oil spill in U.S. history. Eleven lives were lost on that day in 2010, and more than 200 million gallons of crude oil released into the Gulf of Mexico over the following months.

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