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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Workshop from FitMaxx

J.R. Smith, owner of FitMaxx, will be offering a "Resolution Booster" workshop at his studio in the LifeLine Plaza.  As a POP Community Partner, he is offering POP participants a special discounted rate for this class of $5.

The workshop will be held Saturday, January 26 from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.  For additional information or to register for the seminar, please call J.R. Smith at 606-271-0981.

Points Opportunity!

Edith Lovett, Family and Consumer Science Agent with the Pulaski County Extension Service, offered a lot of helpful information Monday night about healthy eating to help take the pounds off.  If you were not able to join us Monday, please take some time to watch the video.

Now it's time to test your knowledge!

What color vegetables usually have the lowest calorie count per serving?

Post your answer as a comment before the weekly meeting on January 28 and earn 1 point if you're correct!
(All posts will be reviewed by the moderator before being made public.  Please remember to include your name so you will receive your points!)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Let's Get Cooking!

One of the best ways to monitor what you eat is to prepare your own meals.  By cooking for your family, you are better able to control the quality of ingredients, calorie count, amount of fat, sodium, sugar, etc.  When you cook healthier, you eat healthier and feel better!  So, Let's get Cooking!

You can create customized meal plans for your family using the free Health eCooking service from Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital!  Click here to get started!

More healthy recipes are available for free thanks to Lake Cumberland District Health Department and the Pulaski County Extension Service through their program "Weight ~ The Reality Series".

Breakfast Casserole
Fruit Crisp
Greens 'n' Beans Soup
Macho Muffins
One Dish Fish
Taco Salad
Vegetable Beef Soup

Why We Eat What We Eat (from "Weight ~ The Reality Series")

The way we think of food has been a part of us since we were born.  We grew up in times where cleaning your plate was a must, not only to get dessert, but because "there are starving children in other countries".  We have grown to love foods our mothers and grandmothers cooked for us.  We were rewarded for our triumphs with ice cream sundaes, and other food.  A death, illness, or birth in the family was a cue to start cooking and to start eating.  When you are stressed out, bored, or anxious, is food the only comfort?  Many people eat for reasons other than hunger, which is a primary reason why American waistlines are growing larger.  To successfully manage our weight we must develop a healthy relationship with food. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Healthy Eating with Edith Lovett

Thank you to all who attended last night's POP weekly meeting and weigh-in!  We are so excited that so many of you are continuing to lose!  Keep setting weekly goals and working to achieve those goals!

For those of you who were unable to attend, please take time to watch Edith Lovett's presentation on Healthy Eating and take advantage of these free information sheets:

Edith Lovett is a Family and Consumer Science Agent at the Pulaski County Extension Service.  Edith, originally from Oneida, TN, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.  She has been providing support to Pulaski County through the Extension Service for five years.

You can find out more about the Pulaski County Extension Service by visiting their website, or calling (606) 679-6361.

Friday, January 18, 2013

5K Opportunity

For more information on the Run For God 5K, please contact Beacon Hill Baptist Church at (606) 678-4159.



Teresa Hail, ZUMBA® instructor, will offer Zumba Gold® fitness classes FREE to POP participants during the 12-week program.

Do you want to try an exercise program where you can burn calories, strengthen your muscles and bones, exercise your heart, sweat, smile, and have a blast!? If so, you may want to try the Zumba® fitness at First Baptist! Instructor Teresa Hail is licensed to teach both Zumba® and Zumba Gold® Fitness and invites everyone of all ages, sizes, shapes and abilities to give this cardio workout a try. Come join in the fun!  Mondays and Tuesdays from 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm in the gym at First Baptist Church.  Wear comfortable gym clothes and bring a bottle of water.  Shoes with less tread work best.  Call Teresa at 305-2542 for more information.

Points Opportunity!

The following is taken from the "Obesity Whys of the Wide" presentation from John C. Mobley, M.D.  Fill in the blank and post your answer as a comment before the weekly meeting on January 21 and earn 1 point if you're correct!
(All posts will be reviewed by the moderator before being made public.  Please remember to include your name so you will receive your points!)

To gain one pound in a year requires an imbalance of 11 calories per day,
or 2 ________.

Don't forget Monday's meeting!

The speaker for Monday, January 21, will be Edith Lovett, Family and Consumer Science Agent at the Pulaski County Extension Service.  Edith’s program will focus on Healthy Eating.  She will provide important information on choosing healthy foods as well as learning how to recognize and compare unhealthy foods with healthier, lower calorie alternatives. Lovett will also discuss portion control and give easy tips to help participants learn to use the “My Plate” tool for more nutritional meals.

Please make plans to attend each Monday evening.  Weigh-ins will begin at 5:00 pm with the program following at 5:30 pm in the Conference Centers on the basement level of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Resolution Rehab with J.R. Smith

Thank you to all who attended the first POP weekly meeting and weigh-in!  We are so excited that so many of you LOST weight this first week!  Keep up the great work!

For those of you who were unable to attend, please take time to watch J.R. Smith's presentation.  We plan to have J.R. back later during the contest for another program since Monday night's weather caused his program to be cut short.

J.R. Smith is a 30 year veteran of the fitness industry. He has been practicing as a personal trainer since 1985 and started the first personal training business in Somerset in 1990.
Smith is a former competitive power lifter, state level bodybuilder, and a former black belt in Chito-Ryu martial arts. He is the first personal trainer in Kentucky to sit for and pass the first National Board Exam with the National Board of Fitness Examiners and was also the first strength and conditioning coach for the Somerset High School boys and girls basketball team under Coach  Thacker during the 2006-2008 seasons.  Smith is a 1974 graduate of Somerset High School and a 1976 graduate of Somerset Community College.  He has several certifications, including Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Specialist in Performance Nutrition, and certification in Physiology of Obesity.  Smith owns Fit Maxx Functional Fitness and The Wellness Clinic.

For more questions or additional information, please contact J.R.Smith at 606-271-0981.

Resolution Rehab

Click here to download the Resolution Rehab Slides!

Monday, January 14, 2013

LCDHD presents the "Unconventional Home Gym" Series

Special thanks to our Community Partner, Lake Cumberland District Health Department, for this helpful 4 part video series.  You can find this, and lots more information on healthy living, by visiting their website at

"Some complain they can’t afford a gym membership or their neighborhoods are not safe for walking, jogging or biking.  The 'Unconventional Home Gym' series teaches you how to exercise from your home utilizing common house hold items."

Obesity Whys of the Wide

Obesity Whys of the Wide
John C. Mobley, M.D.
Dr. John C. Mobley, weight loss surgeon, was the special guest speaker for the POP Kick-Off luncheon.  If you were unable to attend the kick-off, please take a few moments to hear what Dr. Mobley has to say about why getting the pounds off is so important.

Commonwealth Bariatric Center understands the importance of reaching and maintaining a healthy weight.  The team of dedicated professionals can help you understand how your weight may affect your overall health, and assist with determining what weight loss options may be best for you.  Free seminars are available, with upcoming dates in January and February.  For more information about Commonwealth Bariatric Center, please visit them online at:

John C. Mobley, M.D.
A Laurel County native, Dr. Mobley attended the University of the Cumberlands. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.

Dr. Mobley specializes in laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding and sleeve gastrectomies, as well as band adjustments. He has performed more than 600 gastric banding procedures. He is also a Lap-Band® patient — having successfully lost 110 pounds which he has kept off for more than six years.

Dr. Mobley is board certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a member of the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. He and his wife Tammy, and their five children now live Somerset.

Welcome to our newest Community Partner!


FitMaxx will offer discounted personal training sessions to POP participants - 24
sessions (2 months), normally $195, for $150 or 36 sessions (3 months), normally
$297, for $250. FitMaxx will also offer Nearinfrared body fat analysis and fitness
assessment, normally $25, for $5.

FitMaxx is located in the Lifeline Plaza at 246 Poplar Avenue, Suite B in Somerset.  For more information about what FitMaxx has to offer, please call 606-677-0039.

Friday, January 11, 2013

POP Points Opportunity!

To celebrate your first week of participation in POP, we're offering an easy way to earn some POP Incentive Points!  1 point will be awarded to each participant who comments on this post!  Feel free to just say hello, share your goal for the contest, provide a healthy recipe, etc.

All comments will be reviewed by the moderator before posting publicly, so your comment will not appear immediately.

Have a great weekend!

Your Personal Guide to Weight Management

Congratulations on making the decision to strive toward a Healthier New You for 2013!

If you have already weighed in, hopefully you have taken some time to look through the POP booklet you received; if you have not weighed in yet, we look forward to seeing you soon.  In addition to the information available in the booklet, please take some time to read this publication provided by Dianna Maybrier, MS, RD, LD of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Welcome to our newest Community Partner!

Lite for Life

Lite for Life, located at The Medicine Shoppe in Somerset, will provide a 33% discount to POP participants for 12 weeks.  The discount applies both to the registration fee, normally $40, and the program fee, which is regularly priced at $595 for 12 weeks.

For more information about Lite for Life, contact Louise at 606-679-8334.

Welcome to our newest Community Partner!

City of Somerset

The City of Somerset will provide a special discounted rate of $3.00 for an unlimited three-month walking membership at their indoor walking track for POP participants during the 12-week POP program. After the special expires, full year membership rates are only $25.

This membership will be at Rocky Hollow Recreation Center, 142 South Central Avenue. Hours of operation are:
3:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. Monday – Saturday
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sundays

Rocky Hollow Recreation Center will also serve as a weigh-in site for your weekly weigh-ins, and their staff will also confirm your walking (at the indoor track only) to count toward your POP Points.

The City of Somerset also has walking trails that are free and open to the public.  They are located in the Huffaker neighborhood, off University Drive (previous location of tobacco warehouses) and at Somersport Park, located off Pumphouse Road.

Additionally, you may take advantage of the newly-marked walking routes through downtown Somerset.  Please see attached maps.

For information, call 606-679-1860.

Welcome to our newest Community Partner!

Pulaski County Government

Pulaski County Government has several walking trails that are free and open to the public.  While you are there, you may want to take advantage of other amenities at the parks.

  • Pulaski County Park1200 Hwy 3189Nancy, Ky 42544606-636-6450The Mountain Bike/Hiking Trail is 5 miles in length.Amenities: Campsites for rent with/restrooms and shower houses, fish cleaning station, laundry station, 7 shelters, 2 18 hole disc golf, volleyball, basketball, hiking trails, 2 playgrounds
  • Shopville Community ParkE. Hwy. 80 & Grundy RdSomerset, Ky 42501606-274-44022 ½  times around the trail = one mileAmenities: Shelters & gymnasium for rent, softball/baseball fields, 2 play grounds, walking track, amphitheater & large parking area.Reserve Shelters: 606-274-4120 or 606-274-4794Reserve Gym: 606-274-4402
  • White Lily Community Park280 White Lily Church RoadSomerset, Ky 42501606-382-58112 times around the trail = one mileAmenities: Shelter & gymnasium, softball/baseball field, play ground, walking track, amphitheater & large parking area.

For more information and for directions to the walking trails, please visit .

Welcome to our newest Community Partner!

Somerset Mall

Somerset Mall provides a safe, free area to walk. Each trip around the red carpeted
border is 1,742.8 ft, so 3 trips around the border will be only 51.6 ft. short of
walking one mile.  Everyone is welcome to come walk Monday - Saturday, 7:00 am-9:00 pm and Sunday 1:00-6:00 pm (Holiday hours may differ).

Welcome to our newest Community Partner!

Somerset Family Fitness Center
Somerset Family Fitness Center will provide a rate of $30 per month (discounted from the regular price of $45) for the three months you participate in the POP program. They will also offer a special family membership (two adults and all children who live in the same household) rate of $45 per month.  At the end of POP, these rates will be extended for one year to all POP participants/families who sign a one year agreement.

All POP rates are offered to new members only.  The first 50 POP participants who come in will receive a one week pass to try out the facility for free. 

Included in this special monthly rate are the following services:
More than 25 free fitness classes per week including: Cycling, Yoga, Pilates, Aerobics, Kickboxing, Aqua Classes, Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Programs (based on space availability).

Membership also includes the use of the fitness center equipment, full court gym, heated Lap Pool, Therapy Pool, and Spa which is equipped with sauna, steam room and a hot tub.

There is also a Kid Zone with an oversized, supervised play area where children can enjoy crafts, coloring, and playing for up to two hours while parents exercise. The Kid Zone staff is certified in CPR and First Aid.

Outdoor walking track and an outdoor paved basketball court are also available for use. 

SFFC will serve as a weigh-in site and will also verify your workouts so you can accumulate POP points.   All participants must show your POP ID/point card on the day you sign up in order to receive the special rates.

Hours of operation: Monday – Thurs 5 a.m. – 9 p.m.;  Friday  5a.m.  – 8 p.m.;  Sat 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. ; Sunday 1 – 5 p.m.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Don't forget!

The official POP Kick-Off is tomorrow!

Join us at The Center for Rural Development on Tuesday, January 8 for the kick-off!  Weigh-ins and registration will begin at 11:00 a.m., with the Chamber of Commerce Luncheon beginning promptly at noon.  Lunch is optional for $12, but all are encouraged to attend the luncheon with special guest speaker, Dr. John C. Mobley.  Weigh-ins will continue after the luncheon from 1:00-1:30 p.m.

Additional weigh-ins and registration will be held Tuesday, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Center for those unable to attend the luncheon.

Still not sure if you want to participate?  Not able to make either of those weigh-in times?  Have friends that want to join you?  No problem!  We will continue to accept online/mailed registrations through 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 14 and will also accept registrations at the first weekly weigh-in meeting that same day at 5:30 p.m. in the Conference Centers of Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital.

All weekly meetings are optional.  We encourage everyone to join us for the meetings, even non-participants, because there will be lots of helpful information about becoming a Healthier New You!

Welcome to our newest Community Partner!

Curves of Somerset

Curves will offer a discounted rate of $20.00 per month for the three months you participate in the POP program, with no joining fees. 

Curves is now a weight management center specially design for women featuring Curves Complete, an affordable plan that includes diet, exercise, coaching and community, all in one place. 

Curves will also serve as a weigh-in site for your interim weekly weight-ins, monthly body fat composition and measurements and totalize your workouts so you can accumulate POP points for incentive prizes.

When you sign up for the special rate as a POP participant, be sure to take your POP point card to verify your participation. 

For more information about Curves discount 3-month membership, please contact Patricia Nadim at 606-679-2740 or stop by the gym located at 650 South Hwy. 27,Suite #4. 

Visit Curves at or email us at

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Eating healthy made easier!

If you're like most of us, the idea of eating healthy sounds wonderful, but it can be difficult to know where to start.  Can I still eat foods I enjoy?  Does everything have to taste like cardboard?  What do I need to buy to eat healthier?

How would you like to have a healthy menu customized to you?

Now you can with My Health eRecipes! Click here to get started!

You'll be able to create your personal and family profiles, allowing you to select the foods you do not enjoy or food allergies; those foods will be eliminated from your meal plans for hassle-free cooking.  Each week you'll receive a meal plan with healthy recipes, customized to your profile!  You can easily modify the plans to add or replace dishes with other recipes to personalize your plan to your taste buds!  And to make the process even easier, you can print a shopping list with ingredients for the full weeks' recipes!  You'll also receive tips on healthy pantry-stuffers for your shopping list so healthy choices are always available at home.

What are you waiting for?  Sign up today to start planning for a Healthier New You!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

There's still time!

There is still time to register for Pounds Off Pulaski!

Please visit Somerset Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce website to fill out the digital registration form and to pay the $10 non-refundable deposit via PayPal (your registration will not be considered complete until the deposit is received).  You may also print the form and mail, along with payment, to the Somerset Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce.

Helpful tips:
  • The Somerset Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce website will open in a new window. Keep this page open to easily click their link again if the "back" button on your browser will not allow you to return to their homepage after completing the Registration Packet.
  • Please complete both pages of the Registration Packet. Page 1 is the application and page 2 is a photo consent form.
  • When you click "Submit" on the Registration Packet, you will see a pop-up window.  If you use web-based email, such as Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo, etc., you will need too select "Internet Email" and click "OK".  If you use an application on your computer, such as Outlook, to access email then choose "Desktop Email Application" and click "OK".
    • If you choose "Internet Email" it will save the completed application to your desktop so you can attach it to an email and return to

For a Happier New Year, make plans for a Healthier New You!