Good For You Photo Contest
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New Hanover Regional Medical Center introduces the 2010 Good For You Photo Essay Contest as a way for our employees to show how good they feel as part of the Wellness Initiative.
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It was my husband who suggested we take scuba diving lessons. I was extremely hesitant, but I wanted to share his enthusiam, so we became scuba-certified last fall. It all paid off when we vacationed in Curacao in February where we dove with an experienced guide for four days. This photo was taken by the camera woman from the dive shop as we rested on the bottom (note the anchor). Great fun, great exercise, an overall wonderful way to stay healthy and see the underwater world at the same time. Submitted by: Liz Vavra


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It's good for you to exercise and have fun as a family...sometimes it's too much fun!
Submitted by: Amy Shearin


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Playing sports helps keep our family healthy. We encourage our children to stay active, it's GOOD FOR YOU, both physically and mentally!
Submitted by: Amy Shearin


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Our family walking along the beach in December looking for shells and enjoying being on the sand- it was an incredible sky that day!
Submitted by Erin Luce.


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"Catch Me If You Can"
My daughter Gracie will run and run and run.....and run some more as our dogs Annie and Nala chase her around the yard.
Submitted by: Diane Caudill


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The sky is the limit !! Staying active and eating healthy provides me the opportunity to fulfill my passion for life.
Here at Torrey Pines, California enjoying one of my bucket list dreams. So live HIGH, live FREE, and live HAPPY.
Submitted by: Rhonda Ostrander


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This photo is of my cousin Jules holding my youngest daughter Hannah's hand to find the little boy, Eric, hiding in the rock garden... they were playing hide-n-go seek! This is at my Aunt and Uncle's house in northern VA.
Submitted by: Erin Luce


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Lynda Cesaro: My health is important to me because I strongly believe we should truly live in this world, and enjoy as much of it as possible as often as possible. I have spent the last few years gallavanting around the US and other countries, and still have 22 states left to explore. One requires energy for such grand plans. I have also learned from the health issues of my family and friends, and realize you just never know what tomorrow will bring. I don't want to be a spectator in life; I want to be out there living it.

Laura Rackley: My health is important to me because it affords me the opportunity to do the things I love like playing tennis, hiking, swimming, and even gives me the chance to try new things like roller blades! In addition to just being able to do the activities I love, it allows me the opportunity to meet great new people and share experiences with wonderful friends. I've watched people I care about let life slide by and have many regrets as a result. I don't want to be one of the many that say, "I wish I could...." or "If only I were in better shape..." I want to live life to the fullest and enjoy every moment.


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This is a picture of my two sons during an afternoon of hiking. My reason to stay healthy is my family!


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My boyfriend diving in St Maarten after losings about 50 lbs!
Submitted by: Julie Orellano


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My boyfriend diving in St Maarten after losings about 50 lbs!
Submitted by: Julie Orellano


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"Life is a Journey" and I want to keep the journey adventurous and fun. Keeping my mind and body happy and healthy has enabled me to see the world! In order to be able to carry a backpack and hike the "W" trek in Patagonia I needed to be physically fit. Here I have climbed a rocky trail to capture "The Towers of Paine" in Torres del Paine National Park.
Submitted by: Diane Hastell


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The importance of a healthy lifestyle is much more than just maintaining a healthy weight, eating a balanced diet and exercising, it is taking time to play , to cultivate friendships, to love and be loved and to nuture one's inner child, it is embracing life physically and spirituality. Look at a child in the first few years of their life experiencing life at it's fullest everything is new and exciting and harnessing this feeling for the rest of your life is how a healthy lifestyle begins. Life can become stressful engaging in a healthy lifestyle is taking responsibility to care for yourself so that you can be there for the ones you love.
Submitted by: Celeste Beal


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A Healthy Lifestyle begins with the plenty of water and exercise from your first drink from the sprinkler and the rest of your life developing healthy life habits are essential to a quality life. Caregivers devote their lives to taking care of others because it brings them great joy and a sense of accomplishment and because they feel connected to others by serving. Life has much more joy when we can experience it as a healthy individual, so many times we take for granted the gift we have if we are healthy when we are surrounded by unhealthy people each day. Focusing on the things that are important in life and giving back are an essential parts of a healthy lifestyle, as important as exercising , maintaining a healthy weight and diet.
Submitted by: Celeste Beal


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When I was 48 1/2 I tried to climb the wall at Jungle Rapids and failed miserably. At that time I set a goal to get to the top of the wall on my 50th birthday! I started by taking the steps up to the ACRS office (at that time it was on the 6th floor) among other activities. While the 6 flights never got "easy" it required less rest periods and begging for oxygen. On my 50th birthday, my friends and family gathered around the wall to see me climb to the top and ring the bell--achieving my goal! I then realized there were other activities and things in life that I wanted to do but was afraid to try. I realized by staying healthy and "young", there are still many things I want to do.
Submitted by: Karen Ellis


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My girls Eriah and Hannh (3 and 2yo) helping their Daddy shovel rocks for the walkway! They love to help us with any projects and always dive right in!
Submitted by Erin Luce


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"Life is a Journey" and staying physically fit and active are important elements in making this journey the best it can be. Eating a healthy diet and keeping low stress levels also help in keeping the mind, body, and spirit happy and healthy. Hiking in the Oregon mountains is one of my favorite activities.
Submitted by: Diane Hastell


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"Life is a Journey" and I want to live it to the fullest! Though this is not as physically active as the other pictures I submitted, it is as adventurous and thrilling! Those are real cobras! You have to be in good health to endure the "never thought it would end" plane ride to arrive to India. Here I am joining the locals in charming the snakes!
Submitted by: Diane Hastell


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Photo of my daughter, Margaret Gresham, Varsity Track and Field athlete at John T. Hoggard HIgh School. Her athletic achievements combined with her strong academics secured her a full Naval ROTC scholarship at NC State this fall. Submitted by: Kathy Gresham


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"Life is a Journey". Make it an adventurous, fun and long-lived one! Good health makes life more enjoyable and has allowed me to follow my dreams of traveling the world. This year I ventured to the Middle East to visit Israel and Jordan. Petra is a wonder of the world and this is the magnificent Treasury taken at sunrise.
Submitted by: Diane Hastell


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"Life is a Journey" and in order to make this journey the best it can be. Exercising, eating a healthy diet, and limiting the amount of stress in my life have been key elements in living a healthy life . My journey this year was to the Middle East to explore the wonder of the world "Petra". Here I have hiked up to the Monastery.
Submitted by: Diane Hastell


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My boyfriend diving in St Maarten after losings about 50 lbs!
Submitted by: Julie Orellano


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My health is important to me because in order to help others, you have to help yourself first! When you take care of yourself you feel better, you look better, and you live longer. You get to actively enjoy being with family and friends which in turn, makes those relationships healthy and stronger. Eating food that is good for you keeps you fit and keeps you energetic. Exercise gives you endurance which makes you smile, happy, and just feel great! And when you feel great, everyone around you feels great! It can spread like a virus, a healthy virus that is.
Submitted by: Emily Ellison


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The home stretch of the 5K.


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Five generations of healthy living.
Submitted by: Emily Ellison


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Pull for the fun of it.
Submitted by Emily Ellison


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Scuba anyone?
My health is important to me because in order to help others, you have to help yourself first! When you take care of yourself you feel better, you look better, and you live longer. You get to actively enjoy being with family and friends which in turn, makes those relationships healthy and stronger. Eating food that is good for you keeps you fit and keeps you energetic. Exercise gives you endurance which makes you smile, happy, and just feel great! And when you feel great, everyone around you feels great! It can spread like a virus, a healthy virus that is.
Submitted by: Emily Ellison


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Jump for Healthy Living!
Submitted by: Emily Ellison


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This picture reminds me of how quickly life can change, and how fragile it can be. It reminds me to live life to the fullest and not to take things for granted. It reminds me of long hikes over the Continental Divide with my Dad, and how he still outpaced my husband and me after 16 miles! :-) I think of my Dad, who's still recovering from a broken hip, and hope that we can hike 3 miles this summer.
Submitted by: Nic Bos


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Windsurfing takes a lot of upper extremity strength, endurance, and balance and keeping myself physically fit allows me to enjoy one of my passions.
Submitted by: Diane Hastell


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Carpe Diem! Seize the Day! One of my favorite motto's. I try to live my life to it's fullest and if I did not have good health I would not be able to do this. Here I have journeyed to Peru to hike the Inca Trail to visit Machu Picchu.
Submitted by: Diane Hastell


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"Life is a Journey" and in order to take this journey I need a happy and healthy body. It has enabled me to trek amongst the tallest peaks in the world "The Himalaya's", and this requires your heart, lungs and entire body to be able to tolerate the high altitude and long hours of trekking in order to see the Wonder of the World - Mt. Everest - Sagarmatha, "Goddess Mother of Earth" pictured here in the background. Elevation 12,713 ft.
Submitted by: Diane Hastell


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"Life is a Journey" and keeping both your mind and body happy and healthy is important to make this journey the best it can be. Pictured here with guide after climbing Ayers Rock in Australia.
Submitted by: Diane Hastell


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"Life is a Journey". Staying physically fit and eating a healthy diet help you stay on this journey. When I am not traveling the world, I enjoy outdoor sports. Here I am rafting in Oregon. I am the cute one in the front of the boat with her arm up in the air saying "Woo Hoo what a ride"!
Submitted by: Diane Hastell


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"Life is a Journey" and I want to be able to live life to it's fullest. Keeping my mind, body, and spirit happy and healthy will hopefully allow the journey to be long-lived! Here I have hiked the Chomolhari Trek in Bhutan. It was 8 days of camping in 35 deg temps, hiking on rock-strewn and snow covered trails and climbing up to Bhonte la Pass 16,039 ft. where the magnificent giant himalayas greeted us.
Submitted by: Diane Hastell


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My mother and me and my star spangled dress.
My mom didn't live past 52. She never got to meet her one grand-daughter by my sister. She won't get to see me get married or be by my side when I finally have kids. My health is important to me because I want to do all of the things my mother will never have a chance to do. I want to get married, raise children and see my grandchildren. Then I can tell her all about them when I see her again one day, hopefully after I turn 90!
Submitted by: Morgan Van Sciver


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I need to stick around to teach my niece how to eat the ice cream and not get it all over the back seat! How to live well and adventure and to never be scared to try! How to be silly and goofy and stay that way all of her life!
Submitted by: Morgan Van Sciver


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From my grandparents on down to their great-grandchildren, we have all played basketball in the backyard with this hoop. We were taught to stay busy and active from an early age. You learned quickly to never say you were bored!
Submitted by: Morgan Van Sciver


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My health is important to me because I promised her I would always take care of her.
Submitted by: Morgan Van Sciver


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My health is important to me because it is important to him. How can I look him in the eye and say I can't take him for a walk because I didn't take care of myself?
Submitted by: Morgan Van Sciver


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My health is important to me because it allows me to capture images like this. If I don't take good care of myself I won't have the ability to twist myself into position to take another or be able to get out to see such amazing sights!
Submitted by: Morgan Van Sciver


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"Ni Hao"(hello) from China! There was a very steep climb up the steps to get to this section of "The Great Wall". Keeping myself in good physical shape allowed me to reach the top and take a walk on one of the wonders of the world!
Submitted by: Diane Hastell


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Picking blueberries.. The best fruit around.. Just look at their faces.. how happy they are...They are Beaming... They think they are yummy for their tummies...
Submitted by: Rebecca Woodhead


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Even though our outsides look different, our insides all need the same mental & physicial boost that excercise can give. Instilling this in my children at a young age (preferrably by example) is why my health is important to me. Because it hopefully means it will be important to them.
Submitted by: Wendy Rossi


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Living healthy means another day of seeing this smile!
Submitted by: Emily Ellison


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Here is the whole camping group, Erin, Rayne, Mark and Rob. I'm with the dog taking the picture. We spent at least two hours at the base of these falls, climbing, sliding and cooling off!
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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This is a moth I came across while riding my bike in downtown Wilmington one Saturday morning. It's looking at the camera! That was a great morning because I acquired the perfect toaster oven at a garage sale, and was so excited that I managed to carry it home on my bike.
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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Keeping myself in good physical health enabled me to hike up Mt Adams, Oregon to spend time in the great outdoors and to wake up the next day to capture this beautiful breath-taking photo. This is a good way to maintain good mental health as well!
Submitted by: Diane Hastell


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These are a few members of my family & I riding the waves at Topsail Beach this summer on our annual vacation. If we weren't in good health, we couldn't take advantage of this wonderful area in which we live. All 20 of us just love being together, catching the waves, playing volleyball, football, baseball or just having fun in the water or on the sand together. From my 11 year old daughter to my 85 year old mother, everyone of us makes our health a priority. We are blessed & life is good!!!
Submitted by: Joan Gray


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This is a picture of my son, Rayne, at Airlie Gardens. We packed a dinner and a blanket rode our bikes to the Friday evening concert, and then took some time to walk around the gardens. Note the White Egret’s in the background trees. We spent several minutes watching them fly in and out of those trees. What a wonderful way to spend a “healthy” Friday evening in Wilmington!
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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This is a picture of my son, Rayne, at Airlie Gardens. We packed a dinner and a blanket rode our bikes to the Friday evening concert, and then took some time to walk around the gardens. What a wonderful way to spend a “healthy” Friday evening!
Submittedy by: Amy Tropp


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This is a picture of my son, Rayne at Airlie Gardens. We packed a dinner and a blanket rode our bikes to the Friday evening concert, and then took some time to walk around the gardens. We have been here more than 10 years, 8 of which I have worked at the hospital. He was 4, and now he is almost 15. To me, he, in front of the butterfly, symbolizes his transformation into an adult. I'm happy to know my job at NHRMC has helped me to provide him with this wonderful environment in which to grow!
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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This was on the ferry from Fort Fisher to Southport. The seagulls will eat crackers and bread out of your hand. They do their best to keep up with the ferry for a snack! After the ferry ride we did some shopping in Southport, and then spent the afternoon on the beautiful Caswell Beach. What a wonderful day!
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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This dragonfly was found on a leaf at the Wilmington Arboretum; it’s free admission into these beautiful gardens. A dragonfly lives a short life; it knows it must live its life to the fullest with the short time it has – which is a lesson for all of us!
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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Not only does North Carolina have beautiful beaches, it also has wonderful waterfalls. Being healthy means I can take my son camping and hiking and he still thinks it’s awesome to hang out with me. We hike 45 minutes up a mountain to get to the top of this waterfall, and then climbed down next to the falls, so we could spend a couple of hours cooling off in the fresh mountain water. What a great way to get exercise!
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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Not only does North Carolina have beautiful beaches, it also has wonderful waterfalls. Being healthy means I can take my son camping and hiking and he still thinks it’s awesome to hang out with me. We hike 45 minutes up a mountain to get to the top of this waterfall, and then climbed down next to the falls, so we could spend a couple of hours cooling off in the fresh mountain water. What a great way to get exercise!
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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...roasting marshmallows after a day of hiking in the North Carolina mountains. He found the stick and the string in the woods by the campsite, and then spent a half hour preparing it for the marshmallows. Healthy and simple living!
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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Not only does North Carolina have beautiful beaches, it also has wonderful waterfalls. Being healthy means I can take my son camping and hiking and he still thinks it’s awesome to hang out with me. Here's Rayne, Rob, and Rocco, the dog, taking a break at the top of the falls, before we ascend down to the bottom. Note the climbing sticks, something every man needs to climb a mountain!
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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After a long hot hike, its so refreshing to get soaked in the fresh water falls. Here is Rob and Rayne getting soaked in rush of the falls. We don't need a water park when nature provides the fun!
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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This is right on the boarder of NC and SC, where there are so many waterfalls! We try to take at least one camping trip per year to enjoy this beauty. Thanks to my health, I can keep up with my teenager, Rayne. Here he is on the falls with my friend Rob. They are carefully climbing the slippery rocks.
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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Why is good health important to me?
It is my most valuable asset. Good health allows a person to enjoy their environment and take advantage of all the adventures out there to explore. Engaging in healthy activities builds confidence so that not only can you play hard but you can put your best foot forward in your work and social life. My good health also allows me to try to keep with and enjoy my two very active grandsons!
Submitted by: Debbie Wentz


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Mountain climbing in Ireland for my niece Jamie provides all the adventure and love for the outdoors. She was afraid of heights and this challenge helped her overcome this obstacle in achieving a healthy lifestyle.
Submitted by: Susan Skoda


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While camping in Texas, my great niece and nephews enjoy sitting around the fire and are ready for what the great outdoors has to offer. They love those toasted marshmellows and sharing wonderful childhood experience!
Submitted by: Susan Skoda


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GEAR UP FOR FITNESS TODAY...DO IT FOR YOURSELF...DO IT FOR YOUR FUTURE!!!
My granddaughter Peyton.......MY INSPIRATION......
Submitted by: Becky Miller


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SPLASH your way to FITNESS.....GEAR up for it today!!! My granddaughter Aubrey is MY inspiration.....
Submitted by: Becky Miller


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Have FUN in the SUN....Gear up for FITNESS today!! My granddaughter Aubrey.....MY inspiration...
Submitted by: Becky Miller


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Heading down the trail to health makes doing anything with family more fun. My nephew, great niece and nephews are excited when their dad, Lee takes them for a wonderful bike ride together, priceless moments together!
Submitted by: Susan Skoda


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Building muscles, developing agility and promoting strength on those parrell bars gives my great niece Brunssen the foundation for a healthy body for many years to come. Maybe we'll see her at the next Olympics?
Submitted by: Susan Skoda


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Living healthy to me means caring for our beaches so that my children, and their children's children can take a leasurely stroll on the beach too!
Submitted by: Emily Ellison


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And they call it Puppy Love.....Love your way to a healthier YOU...Gear up for fitness TODAY for all of the love you can share tomorrow. My granddaughter Aubrey is my inspiration!!!
Submitted by: Becky Miller


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Logan, my great niece takes a big step to sing a happy song. Not only does singing promote good respiratory development but performing can generate confidence and great self esteem. Isn't that what being healthy is all about?
Submitted by: Susan Skoda


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After a long hike up a trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway you get the chance to reflect and soak in the beauty of nature. Living a healthy lifestyle enables you to appreciate what makes this earth so wonderful.
Submitted by: Emilee Smith


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Spending more time outdoors gave Brunssen the opportunity to pick that dandelion, learn to blow and experience the flowers floating everywhere. Fresh air, sunshine and picking flowers is all it takes to be happy and healthy!
Submitted by: Susan Skoda


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Truth, Justice and Health...the American Way! My great niece and nephews love following Superman's example...they eat their Wheeties too!
Submitted by: Susan Skoda


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These are my two babies. They need me. It is my responsibility, as it is every parent's, to be as healthy as I can be for them. I don't want to miss a minute of their lives. Not one.
Submitted by: Raquel Perez


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Our group was inspired by Jack Barto and the Senior Leadership’s effort to take charge of their own wellness by increasing their activity and incorporating healthy eating habits into their busy schedule. We said “if they can do it – we can too”! So, eight of us from different departments (case management, social work, outside equipment vendor, pharmacy, and library) that work closely together on a daily basis decided to give it a try. We joined a gym and hired a personal trainer to train us as a group and have shared healthy food ideas and menus to lose a total of 150 pounds and countless inches. A consolidated view of why health is important to us is to be healthy in spite of family histories of chronic illness and possibly reduce our risk for those diseases. We also want to live independent, productive lives with added energy and a zest for life. We are also now able to give testimony to our patients to help them incorporate healthy choices into their daily routines and make a difference for them too.
Submitted by: Denise Phillips


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"What you do today determines what you will be able to do five years from now." I remember saying this to my parents 10 years ago and they are still going strong in their 80's. I think it sums up my philosophy of exercise. I have exercised for the sake of exercising, thinking that I was improving my health and warding off the dreaded aging process. But through aerobics, running, hiking, and now cycling, it has been much more. I have discovered I can achieve goals that I never thought possible, build new friendships, travel to new places, and experience once-in-a-lifetime thrills. I don't want it to stop!
Submitted by: Karen Ruefle


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I want to be around to see him grow up. I want to be able to physically take him places and do fun things with him. He is very important to me.
Submitted by: Karen Grice


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To be able to smile through the hardest times is an inspiration. My son is my inspiration to strive to live my life healthier.
Submitted by: Julie Grice


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I have always been a "water baby" and enjoy many types of water sports. Stand-Up-Paddleboarding is my latest activity I do to keep healthy. Earlier this year, I pondered on whether to join the gym again, but instead opted on buying a paddleboard, favoring outdoor activity. If you challenge wind and current, you can burn 700 to 1000 calories per hour. It's a great way to stay in shape and I have seen some amazing wildlife up close, so it has many benefits.
Submitted by: Joy Pereira


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"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure ... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat." (Theodore Roosevelt)

What is more rewarding than the look of accomplishment on your childs face? It's not about winning or losing...it's about giving it your best shot. Instilling my own knowledge about health and fitness into the lives of my children is one of the best gifts I can give them. My daughter is not an athlete, but the joy on her face in this picture tells me that she knows her mommy is proud of her for trying, being her best, giving it her all at Kindergarten Field Day 2010!
Submitted by: Angela Pietro


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Am I in "heaven" on earth? Being healthy allows you to experience your own "heaven on earth" by reaching your fullest potential physically, mentally and spiritually. Whether is it enjoying a walk in the neighborhood, reaching a great book or experiencing a view like this, being healthly will allow you to do whatever you want. Only you determine what your limits may be.
Submitted by: Julie Hancock


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My husband and I want to stay healthy so we can live our lives to the fullest. Here we are diving "The Hyde", a ship sunk in 1982, 18 miles off the coast of Wilmington. It is home to Sand Tiger Sharks (seen in the background), one of the few locations in the world where you can swim with these amazing creatures. Diving is a sport that opens an entirely new underwater world and keeps you fit at the same time. Can't do THIS and live on cheeseburgers!!
Submitted by: Liz Vavra


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DON'T shut fitness out.....Gear up for it today!!!
My granddaughter Peyton....MY inspiration....
Submitted by: Becky Miller


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This is a picture of my daughter, McKenzie who is baking cookies in the kitchen with her dad. It is very important for her dad and I to remain healthy so we can spend precious time doing fun things like this. The smile on her face is so precious. I'm hoping that she can continue to grow her skills in the kitchen and teach me a few things!
Submitted by: Nichole Sutton


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Since maintaining good health and an active lifestyle is important for my husband and I we wanted to ensure that our daughter, McKenzie learns the importance of this as well at an early age. This is a picture of her in her gymnastics class. She started taking gymnastics when she was 18 months old. This is a super fun activity for her that she truly enjoys!
Submitted by: Nichole Sutton


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I have 4 children 10 grandchildren and my new great grandson which is the picture I am sending. Some of my grandchildren love to play golf with me and to do that I have to keep in shape to beat them. I would love to be able to play golf with little Dayvian when he is bigger. I can't think of a better reason to stay healthy other than I love to beat my husband also. (at Golf).
Submitted by: Sherri Bishop


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I'm not a surfer, nor do I spend much time at the beach, but the surfing lifestyle is an intrinsic value of the Cape Fear area and I've always been intrigued by this close-knit community of athletes and how they encourage participation from all ages, no matter their skill level. This picture personifies my passion for the surfing lifestyle, despite living it vicariously through others. COWABUNGA, DUDE!!
Submitted by: David Frederiksen


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Yes, this is a REAL Himalayan black bear! I had the opportunity to spend some time with Teddy, one of four bears in the care of an incredible woman in Pender county. Notice what he's eating? I live for the experiences that can all at once be exciting, rare, and sometimes daring!
Submitted by: Kelsey Lingerfelt


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Sunsets on the west coast of Costa Rica are breathtaking. My goal is to experience these moments as much as life will allow.
Submitted by: Kelsey Lingerfelt


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We were in the midst of our "step-challenge" for LDI when my husband and I went on what can only be described as a dream vacation to Morocco. I didn't want to let my step-team down, so I would find creative ways to get "my steps in" every day. The result was that I wondered all around N.Africa and saw sights I likely wouldn't have otherwise, including this amazing sun-rise over the Sahara. I was literally, the only soul around. Thanks NHRMC for getting me out to experience a new culture through exercise!
Submitted by: Lori Feezor


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My new hobby, diving, has proven to be one of the most amazing things I think a person can enjoy. It's a completely different world! As incredible as it is, it's important to be in good physical and mental condition to handle the variables involved in this environment.
Submitted by: Kelsey Lingerfelt


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Hold my hand and go walking. This photo was taken at the end of a nice, long hike in the NC mountains. Good health is important to our family so we can walk together and play together.
Submitted by: Tracey Bruno


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Being healthy isn't just a one time workout or a fad diet... it's a lifestyle that incorporates being physically active and eating in moderation. Having a day at the beach, swimming, surfing, building sand castles is a great way to keep the whole family active, esp in Wilmington! Here my daughter Eriah is saying "goodbye" to Uncle Brian before he tackles the waves!
Submitted by: Erin Luce


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It was my father who drew my attention to kite flying as a very young boy. Together, he and I stood or ran, laughing wildly, trying always to keep those simple kites aloft. As a man, now living at the coast, I bring those childhood memories to other children by raising a kite high into the air, and then walking it down the beach. There always seems be a child who has never been exposed to the joy of flying a kite and running with it in tow to keep it high above. I can't imagine not being healthy enough to walk the beach flying my kites, seeing the joy in the eyes of children as they too experience what I first saw so many decades ago. Being in the fresh air, running and laughing wildly. Flying a simple kite.
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"Who says it never snows in Wilmington?" When it does, you'd better be ready to build a snow chair! Being healthy means having the energy you need to be present with your family, to play and have fun (and build snow chairs!)
Submitted by: Tracey Bruno


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This is my son and I on the hike back down from Rainbow Falls in the Nantahala National Forest near Brevard, NC. We are still smiling!
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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Living a healthy lifestyle allows me to enjoy quality time with family, friends and pets! I love to spend time outdoors, taking advantage of the many scenic areas located in this part of North Carolina. Staying active is a great way to maintain a state of good health, both physically and mentally. There is nothing more relaxing than a walk near the ocean enjoying the fresh salty air and the company of a good friend! It is a great way to get exercise, relieve stress and it’s good for you.
Submitted by: Brad Johnson


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My health is important to me so I can keep on living to the fullest. My daughter, Brittany in Peru. She looks cute with the red bow around her neck....HA Ha!!
Submitted by: Helen Pearson


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Clean living, good diet and exercise along with family and friends are the key components in having a good healthy life! This is my daughter in Peru with her nursing school classmates. Good example of reaching out to others and all the reasons for being a nurse!!
Submitted by: Helen Pearson


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This is a barn we saw on our hike to Bridal Veil Falls in Dupont State Forest, NC. This is the only temperate rain forest east of the Rockies. What a great state to explore!
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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This is the covered bridge on top of Triple Falls in Dupont State forest near Brevard, NC. We hiked for 5 hours that day. Its easier to get motivated for exercise when you have such beautiful sites to see!
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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It's really difficult to build a fire in a rain forest because everything is damp, but we learned! This one took at least an hour to build, but once we got it going we were able to cook our dinner on it. Its so nice to enjoy an evening at a campfire! This is at Ash Grove Campground near Brevard, NC.
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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Here is Rayne at the base of Rainbow Falls in Nantahala National Forest in western North Carolina. This was a 2 mile hike up and totally worth it!
Submitted by: Amy Tropp


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My Parents ENJOY a dance together after 57 years of marriage. They have always tried to eat right and exercise. They are a great reminder that taking care of yourself pays off. At the ages of 77 and 78 they still enjoy dancing, fishing, walks on the beach, and taking care of their own yard (which looks like it could win 1st place in a yard contest). They are truly great examples of Living Healthy!!
Submitted by: Lynn Hall


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My health is important to me, because training for search and rescue is a passion of mine. I train every week, in different conditions, with my faithful K-9 Beau.
Submitted by: Wendy Long


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My health is important to me, because training for search and rescue is a passion of mine. I train every week, in different conditions, so we can be prepared if disaster strikes.
Submitted by: Wendy Long


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Being Health allows me to teach my son sports on a level that he can excel.
Submitted by: Jim Davis


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My health is important to me because I have been blessed with 7 precious gifts from God (3 are pictured) and I want to be able to sail the high seas with them, play with them, watch them grow, and one day see them become parents. With a few more years left before reaching 50 I have already begun making the necessary life style changes that will lead to a healthier me.
Submitted by: Therese Corbett


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Being Healthy allows us to camp and fish as a family.
Submitted by: Jim Davis


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Being Healthy allows us to surf together.
Submitted by: Jim Davis


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Being Healthy allows us to play together.
Submitted by: Jim Davis


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This is a picture of me kayaking around Lake Waccamaw during last year's 'Take the Lake' events in my hometown. During the 3 day weekend of Labor Day - we hike, bike, and kayak around the 15 mile lake. On Labor Day several participates even swim the 4-5 miles across the lake. These events were established to help promote exercise and healthy lifestyles. They are open to all ages. It is not a race, simply a personal challenge.
Submitted by: Sharon Lewis


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Health mind, healthy spirit, healthy soul!
Submitted by: Tina D'Amico-Poole


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Pure Health and Beauty
Submitted by: Tina D'Amico-Poole


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It's not only important to keep you body but your mind healthy as well. By being flexible and openminded your world will be a better place.
Submitted by: Tina D'Amico-Poole


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I do everything I can to maintain my health so I can experience new adventures iduring my time off. I used to be content with gardening and reading, but now I am swimming with sharks! Walking on the boat or beach with the heavy tanks and weight belts takes effort so you have to be fit. Once in the water you are free as a bird - or fish. Here's a photo of me and one of the Sand Tiger sharks.
Submitted by: Liz Vavra


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Chasing sharks for a thrill requires a healthy constitution. I maintain my health on a daily basis so I can be as active as possible for as long as possible. This adventure with a Sand Tiger shark is an incredible experience. There beauties grow to 10.5 feet and are generally non-aggressive. Pays to stay alert however.
Submitted by: Liz Vavra


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Surrounding myself with close friends and people who are positive encourages me to be a better person. This candid shot is of myself and some friends in Cancun, Mexico. We were struggling to get this four person tower to work and in turn we succeeded and captured a picture of genuine laughter and happiness. Health is happiness.
Submitted by: Emilee Smith


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If I was not in good physical shape, I would not have been able to hike these mountains for 7 hours to reach the Grey Glacier, one of the few glaciers in the world that is still growing. You can see it in the upper left hand corner of the photo.
Submitted by: Daphne Liguori


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My health is important to me because of these two angels. These are my 13 year old twin daughters Haley and Logan. We all joined the "Girls On The Run" after school program together. I was a volunteer parent coach and I actually ran with them in training and in the 5K too! I had never done that before! This is them after the 5K. My goal was for them to develop an appreciation for exercise and they have!
Submitted by: Carla Crouch


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Health is important to me because I want go out and experience this wonderful world and everything it has to offer. I was in Ecuador for a medical mission trip and had the opportunity to go bungee jumping. I could not turn down the offer as you can see. My best friend was on a bridge in front of me to capture the moment. Living in the moment and striving to be better encourages me to live a life full of health and wellness.
Submitted by: Emilee Smith


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Protecting your skin and eyes at a early age helps prevent sun damage to eyes and skin when your older! Also remember to drink plenty of water when your out in the hot sun!
Submitted by: Glynis Lanier


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Grayson is adopted from China. He was born with albinism. Intolerance to sunlight and sun exposure is very damaging to children with Albinism. He has learned at a very young age to protect his eyes and his skin toprevent further eye damage and/or possible skin cancer. Good for you Grayson!
Submitted by: Glynis Lanier


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Swim baby girl swim! She is only three years old and is able to swim across the pool. It is important for them to know how to swim because they are around water daily. Staying cautious around water helps prevent injury so she can live life to the fullest.
Submitted by: Glynis Lanier


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Without my health, I would not have been able to ride with the guachos in their beautiful country of South America/Patagonia.
Submitted by: Daphne Ligouri


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This is my dog Neko and I at our favorite place, this keeps the two of us healthy, happy and having fun!!
Submitted by: Laurel Wendt


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Instead of picking up surfing or tennis to fill my spare time, I chose roller derby. Roller derby requires your body to be strong to take and give a hit, quick to maneuver yourself to block another player, and have a high endurance level to outplay the opposing team. By staying in shape and pushing myself to get better, I found an outlet unlike any other, and I have made a lot of great friends along the way. I'm number 87 in this picture, and I did get past the girl blocking me : )
Submitted by: Kelsey Lingerfelt


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Up until the last few years, drowning was listed as the number one cause of death in children, And also with the deadly riptides on our coast, I have found it important to have my children wear their life jackets even in shallow water while at the beach. As you can see Montgomery is listening so she can help lower the chance of injury to herself! Good for you, Montgomery.
Submitted by: Glynis Lanier


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Learning to swim was a must with my children! We have a pool in our backyard and they are exposed to water daily. She is a good swimmer and very cautious around water, which helps her to stay safe, and also swimming helps her stay fit! Good job McKinley.
Submitted by: Glynis Lanier


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March to a healthy You!
Submitted by: Glynis Lanier


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Live life to its fullest, Mckinley is showing her little sister the fishes. And telling her all about them. Good job.
Submitted by: Glynis Lanier


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Everyone needs a nice mud bath cleansing every once in a while!
Submitted by: Glynis Lanier


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Longevity- When I took this picture I thought to myself they have reallly aged. Then it dawned on me that everyone in this photo is in their ninties to hundred and three. When I was a kid my grandmother always made me take cod liver oil, eat my veggies, brush my teeth and go outside. She always told me, " it was good for you." I never know that she was teaching me wellness. I often hoped to inherit wealth, but I'll just be happy with longevity. I'll just follow in my relatives footsteps eating and living healthy. The way I live my live today can determine how long I live it for. I realize now the health is wealth. Its never too late to do what's good for you.
Submitted by: Felice Neil


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Take time to smell the roses!
Submitted by: Glynis Lanier


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McKinley wants YOU to be healthy!
Submitted by: Glynis Lanier


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Enjoy life, even when it gets muddy.
Submitted by: Glynis Lanier


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Health and exercise is very important to me and my family. Something we do every year as a family is to go snow skiing. This year was the first time my 3 year old, Brantley, got to go. Of course, we did have to use a leash; otherwise, he would have been at the bottom of the mountain before we could have stopped him!!! He absolutely loved it. Every day I try to instill in him the importance of a healthy lifestyle, whether it's the food he eats or the active things we do as a family. I hope one day he will feel the same as I do, "Without exercise and healthy living, the world is a very boring place".
Submitted by: Jan Greene


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I cannot get enough swimming this summer!
Submitted by: Carla Crouch


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This is my daughter Delaney sailing on a catamaran at Wrightsville Beach. Being healthy means being able to participate in activities that pull you away from the cell phones, the TV, and the video games and allows you to become independent of those devices. Being healthy also gives you the confidence to try to do things that scare you.
Submitted by: Mark Ryan


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This is my daughter Delaney waiting for a swell during one of the mornings we go surfing together. We get our sessions in early to avoid the crowds and have time to do other things during the day. Keeping healthy allows us to be able share these moments and allows me to participate in her activities as opposed to just watching from the shore. When we surf there are no distractions on the water, no TV, no phones, no radio, no deadlines...it allows us to talk and think without interruption....very good for a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.
Submitted by: Mark Ryan


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John McGrogan's (Trauma Services' Business Partner) daughter, Rebecca Green (left) and my daughter Ashley Eason Stamper on the right are living with MS. They made a sign for the Walk: "I have MS but MS doesn't have me!"

It was devastating when my 25 y/o, professional athlete daughter, was diagnosed with MS last October. Reality hits ... Even if you are focused and committed to being "healthy" all your life, you can still receive a devastating medical diagnosis. My co-workers at Trauma Services have joined my family (and millions of others) in raising money to find a cure for MS. These photos were taken at the MS Walk- Wilmington this past May. Trauma Services' committment to "Joining the Movement" has not been limited to this Walk. They continue to support the cause locally and nationally. Good health cannot be taken for granted! Being "healthy" and being diagnosed with a non-curable disease is much better than being "unhealthy" and diagnosed. Your "quality" of life is so much better. Your body is better able to fight the disease if you have made that committment to your good health! The first photo is of the Trauma Services Team with Mayor Bill Saffo. "Joining the Movement"
Submitted by: Karine Eason


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My daughter Ashley and her Dad (left) and Trauma Services PA-C, Brice Taylor (right) at the 3 mile marker of the MS Walk.
Submitted by: Karine Eason


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Kushana Ballard, Trauma Services Registrar "cooling down" after the Walk.
Submitted by: Karine Eason


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Christy Spivey, Director of Trauma Services and ED, holding her daughter Hannah after completing the 4 mile Walk/Run.
Submitted by: Karine Eason


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"Trauma Services Joining the Movement" team members with Mayor Saffo.
Submitted by: Karine Eason


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You are never too old for a dog and a good swing set to keep you healthy :)
Submitted by: Kelly Wallace


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LIVE LAUGH LOVE. Living healthy and staying on top of my health, will allow me more time with my Wonderful kids. Allow me to be a wonderful mom, teacher and role model!. Allows me to see them explore and figure out new things.
Submitted by: Karen Jernigan


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There is nothing like a morning walk to the beach to refresh the mind, body, and spirit. Taken at Bald Head Island.
Submitted by: Khoi Le


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Middle age isn’t stopping this 40-something from livin' it up and enjoying Mother Nature as he soars through the air on the beautiful California coast! Maintaining your health now can have great benefits to your future!
Submitted by: Khoi Le


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A child’s laughter tickles our souls and makes us all feel young at heart. Staying active as we get older can recapture those feelings of youth and vibrance!
Submitted by: Khoi Le


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Even though our schedules seem packed, my loving pup has brought exercise and vitality back into my life as we often spend long mornings together in the park.
Submitted by: Khoi Le


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Indoor Rock Climbing; a sport of true intensity, endurance, and pure joy as you find yourself stories above the ground knowing you brought yourself to that height with your own two hands. Not only has this sport improved my health, it has also improved my confidence and determination to make it to the top!
Submitted by: Khoi Le


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Zip-lining in the beautiful Coter Rain Forest of Costa Rica lifts the body and spirit to new heights! Being healthy allows us to be a part of mother nature in a unique way.
Submitted by: Khoi Le


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Drum and Bugle Corps International Musicians, all younger than 21 years of age, exude youth, strength, confidence, and endurance. The rehearsal and endurance required to perfect each performance has carried over into my life now, keeping me motivated and healthy.
Submitted by: Khoi Le


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Taking a peaceful stroll in the morning always helps to recharge the mind and body. The hike down the huge dunes to take this picture would not have been possible if I wasn't in great shape!
Submitted by: Khoi Le


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An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Submitted by: Kelly Livingston


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LIVE LAUGH LOVE. Living healthy and staying on top of my health, will allow me more time with my Wonderful kids. Allow me to be a wonderful mom, teacher and role model!. Allows me to see them explore and figure out new things.
Submitted by: Karen Jernigan


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My kids make me want to stay healthy. They are full of energy and love staying active. Eating right helps them stay active and enjoy life.
Submitted by: Kelly Livingston


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Jump into a healthy lifestyle.
Submitted by: Kelly Livingston


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My four year old daughter, Makenzie, is all the motivation I need to maintain a healthy lifestyle. I want to always be healthy enough to help her shoot for the stars and follow her dreams. Watching her grow up, hoping to see her achieve all her dreams, encourages me to be healthy so I can always be there for her. I want to be physically able to help her as she starts her own family and experiences the same joys and struggles that we are facing with her now. Just as she picks this flower, without a care in the world, may she approach every endeavor in her life with the same wonder and unbridled passion, never worried about me or my health. That is why my health is important to me.
Submitted by: Brandy Nida


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There are many reasons why my health is important to me. First of all staying healthy and living a healthy life style truly lets you live a better life for yourself. Staying healthy to me is not only about working out and eating right its about enjoying activities that keep your body fit and let you go out and enjoy what nature has to offer. I love being able to go mountain biking and white water rafting and things like that but if I do not stay healthy there are no way I can enjoy these things. This is a photo is a picture I took on our annual white water rafting trip in west Virginia with my friends from high school.
Submitted by: Paige Ruse


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There are many reasons why my health is important to me. First of all staying healthy and living a healthy life style truly lets you live a better life for yourself. Staying healthy to me is not only about working out and eating right its about enjoying activities that keep your body fit and let you go out and enjoy what nature has to offer. I love being able to go mountain biking and white water rafting and things like that but if I do not stay healthy there are no way I can enjoy these things. This is a photo is a picture I took on our annual white water rafting trip in west Virginia with my friends from high school. Every year we get together and raft the gauly river for 2 days.
Submitted by: Paige Ruse


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Baby Charlotte was born with quite a few flight hours. The vibration of the aircraft could always lull her to sleep in my belly.
Submitted by: Kelly Wallace


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"The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears, or the sea."
-Isak Dinesen.

What better way to start off the day than with my first 2 mile open water swim! We finished before most people were even out of bed! I hope to maintain my health so that one day when I am in my 70's, I will be able to walk 3 miles a day - like my grandfather.
Submitted by: Jenny Michal


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To See Another Day
To me Healthy Living is Important because it is required to "See Another Day". This is a picture of a beautiful sunrise in Dunk Island, Australia. Healthy Living is important so that we can spend another day with our friends and family and to be able to do our job which is to help others.
Submitted by: Lynette Steffee


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It's not just "being healthy" - it's also "eating healthy"!
Submitted by: Randy Seller


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Health is important for many reasons. My top nine are: Evan, Allee, Cayden, Teaghen, Brodie, McKenna, Kacey, Jordan and Sydney. The "Grandest" of Grandkids shown here at Carolina Beach perched on their very own sand bench!
Submitted by: Joanie Newnam


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Health is one thing in this life that you have some control over. Without a strong body you can't do amazing things like this. My friends and I took a beginners trapeze lesson while visiting Washington, DC. It was an amazing experience!
Submitted by: Jaclyn Gray


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Health is one thing in this life that you have some control over. Without a strong body you can't do amazing things like this. My friends and I took a beginners trapeze lesson while visiting Washington, DC. It was an amazing experience!
Submitted by: Jaclyn Gray


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Health is one thing in this life that you have some control over. Without a strong body you can't do amazing things like this. My friends and I took a beginners trapeze lesson while visiting Washington, DC. It was an amazing experience!
Submitted by: Jaclyn Gray


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Health is one thing in this life that you have some control over. Without a strong body you can't do amazing things like this. My friends and I took a beginners trapeze lesson while visiting Washington, DC. It was an amazing experience!
Submitted by: Jaclyn Gray


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This is not a "family taken photo" but taken by a mom friend with great skill. This is my husband in his NHREMS dress uniform holding our newest daughter in our home. This photo says "health" to me because 7 days following her birth she required admission to the pediatric unit due to fever. The staff of New Hanover functioned with compassion, skill and true efficiency in caring for my neonate. I am truly grateful for the care of the physicians, nurses and all ancillary staff in restoring the "health" of my daughter. This picture was taken 7 days following her return home. My husband's presence in this picture shows that the strength and protection of a parent may not be enough sometimes, but combined with the care of a larger entity (the uniform exemplifying NH) can form the "picture of health". Thanks for looking :)
Submitted by: Kelly Wallace


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A Bad Day Fishing ( esp with Grandchildren ) beats a good day working!
Submitted by: Rebecca Knott


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Why is my health important to me?
Because I get to get home to this sweet face every day when I leave work. If I'm not healthy and if I don't care of myself - then who can look after him? Plus, he LOVES to play and run and I need to be healthy and active so I can keep up with him.
Submitted by: Emily Robinson


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Not sure who is keeping whom healthy here.
Submitted by: Kelly Wallace


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I saw this funny face staring up at me in the kitchen as I was preparing a meal today. It reminded me that living (and eating) healthy helps me to face the day with a smile on my face!
Submitted by: Sharon O'Beirne


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There are many reasons why my health is important to me. First of all staying healthy and living a healthy life style truly lets you live a better life for yourself. Staying healthy to me is not only about working out and eating right its about enjoying activities that keep your body fit and let you go out and enjoy what nature has to offer. I love being able to go mountain biking and white water rafting and things like that but if I do not stay healthy there are no way I can enjoy these things. This is a photo of my uncle at one of his mountain biking races. He travels the world for work and takes his bike every where with him!
Submitted by: Paige Ruse


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There are many reasons why my health is important to me. First of all staying healthy and living a healthy life style truly lets you live a better life for yourself. Staying healthy to me is not only about working out and eating right its about enjoying activities that keep your body fit and let you go out and enjoy what nature has to offer. I love being able to go mountain biking and white water rafting and things like that but if I do not stay healthy there are no way I can enjoy these things.
Submitted by: Paige Ruse


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If I can get to the mountains, it's always good for me. The thinner air and the challenge of elevation gets the heart racing, keeps the mind focused, and allows the soul to be nourished. It's something that can happen anywhere with some luck and perseverance. Here, my son and his friend take a water break on the way around to the top of Table Mountain.
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The smile of your child can renew a sense of life and make you strive to be more than you ever were before. By living a healthy lifestyle I hope to set an example that will teach her to value herself and to make healthy decisions.
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Seeing these children in Vietnam reminded me that you do not need gym memberships or high tech equipment in order to exercise. Healthy living is a way of life that can be as simple as rowing your friends to school every morning.
Submitted by: Daphne Ligouri


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LIVE LAUGH LOVE. Living healthy and staying on top of my health, will allow me more time with my Wonderful kids. Allow me to be a wonderful mom, teacher and role model!. Allows me to see them explore and figure out new things. It allows me to teach them of the good in the world, along with the bad. It allows me to show them all those that have died for us in the crazy world. Healing Fields - each flag represents soldiers that have died for US!
Submitted by: Karen Jernigan


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After 10 years of prayers, my husband and I were blessed with a daughter. This is Hannah! I feel it is my responsibility to practice a healthy lifestyle as a mentor and a parent to her. Example speaks much louder than words alone. As my chosen career, to care for others, I must care for myself in order to fulfill these obligations and blessings.
Submitted by: Angela Boaz


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Sometimes some extra weight is a good thing!
Submitted by: Terry Seller


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From very early ages, our family has spent time together just playing on the beach. In this photo, Zach (5) and Dana (2.5) are pully their boogie boards to go ride the waves at Wrightsville Beach. For us, a healthy lifestyle means that being active together has been a way of life for my kids as long as they can remember. We all have treasured memories and many more to come of our "play" time together.
Submitted by: Joan Gray


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A bike ride in the morning, a healthy breakfast at the beach, the warm breeze coming off the ocean .... meeting some new friends on the pier .... life is good when you have your health!
Submitted by: Sharon O'Beirne


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Physical, mental and spiritual health = the whole picture.
No place else I'd rather be!
Submitted by: Randy Seller


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LIVE LAUGH LOVE. Living healthy and staying on top of my health, will allow me more time with my Wonderful kids. Allow me to be a wonderful mom, teacher and role model!. Allows me to see them explore and figure out new things. Allows me to be there for my kids when they feel lonely and lost.
Submitted by: Karen Jernigan


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After enjoying a long walk on the Grand Canyon, my husband Cameron and I relax by the edge of the canyon to enjoy the view. My health is important to me because I want to live a long healthy life and someday get to experience the Grand Canyon again with my husband and future kids.
Submitted by: Tia Hankins


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LIVE LAUGH LOVE. Living a healthy lifestyle is to be able to see another day, another hour, another year. To be able to enjoy my kids and make more silly faces!
Submitted by: Karen Jernigan


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My health and the health of my family is important to me because that is how we are going to squeeze every bit of fun and love out of this life! Living a healthy lifestyle means nourishing your mind, body and spirit. Everyone knows that eating right and exercising is good for the body but equally important is building good relationships, keeping a positive attitude and believing in something bigger than yourself!
This pic is of my oldest son, Noah who has Autism and has inspired me to live my life to the fullest!
Submitted by: Rachel Marshall


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"the water is where my soul finds solace"
Noah waiting to catch a wave. Why is my health important to me? Because I want to be around to see what the world has in store for my two little buddies, Noah and Oliver.
Submitted by: Rachel Marshall


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Our health is important so us and we feel fortunate to have the opportunity to live in a community focused on wellness. Wilmington means fresh Grouper from our off shore fishing and enjoying dinner with friends and family!
Submitted by: Heather Thornton


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We will always take care of ourselves and each other - so we may share a long and happy life together.
Submitted by: Terry Seller


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You're never too young to be fit!
Submitted by: Terry Seller


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Good health is free. You don't need a gym membership, a personal trainer, a dietitian...good health is walking the loop at Wrightsville Beach, pitching to your kid at Hugh McCrae Park, catching waves at Masonboro Island, playing fetch with your dog, grilling in the backyard with neighbors or just climbing the jungle gym at Halyburton Park....
Submitted by: Rachel Marshall


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LIVE LAUGH LOVE......happiness is not the only thing needed to ensure a long life. Living healthy allows you to see that smiling face one more time. To show the one you love.....I LOVE YOU.
Submitted by: Karen Jernigan


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LIVE LAUGH LOVE. Living healthy and staying on top of my health, will allow me more time with my Wonderful kids. Allow me to be a wonderful mom, teacher and role model!. Allows me to see them explore and figure out new things. Allows me to be there for my kids when they feel lonely and lost.
Submitted by: Karen Jernigan


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LIVE LAUGH LOVE. Living healthy and staying on top of my health, will allow me more time with my Wonderful kids. Allow me to be a wonderful mom, teacher and role model!. Allows me to see them explore and figure out new things.
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LIVE LAUGH LOVE. Living healthy and staying on top of my health, will allow me more time with my Wonderful kids. Allow me to be a wonderful mom, teacher and role model!. Allows me to see them explore and figure out new things. And to be silly with them...love the smiles.
Submitted by: Karen Jernigan


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LIVE LAUGH LOVE. Living healthy and staying on top of my health, will allow me more time with my Wonderful kids. Allow me to be a wonderful mom, teacher and role model!. Allows me to see them explore and figure out new things. Allows me to be there for my kids when they feel lonely and lost.
Submitted by: Karen Jernigan


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LIVE LAUGH LOVE. Living healthy and staying on top of my health, will allow me more time with my Wonderful kids. Allow me to be a wonderful mom, teacher and role model!. Allows me to see them explore and figure out new things. Allows me to be there for my kids when they feel lonely and lost. Allows me to give them that next kiss, hug, or just hold their hand.
Submitted by: Karen Jernigan


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I'm 55 years old. I started Stand Up Paddle Surfing 3 years ago. It's a lot of fun, plus a great "Core" Workout. If you can stand, you can do it. You can paddle in the ocean, on lakes, rivers, etc. If you fall, all you get is wet.
I also Windsurf, Kitesurf, Bike, and Rollerblade to try to stay in shape and be healthy. I am a Vegetarian. I feel you only get one body in life, so you might as well take care of it, so you can truly enjoy life.
Submitted by: Jacky Fisher


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My Health is so Very important to me because I want to be around to see My Sweet Grandbabies grow up! I want to be able to play with them and take them to wonderful places. Seeing Jaxson and Savannah RUN and play is a great blessing to me! I am extremly Thankful for the wonderful health they have.
Submitted by: Lynn Hall


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You have to eat right and exercise to have strong bones and enjoy a long healthy life.
Submitted by: Kelly Livingston


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Fitness can be even more interesting if you add a pair of work boots :) Air Force Officer Training School.
Submitted by: Kelly Wallace


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Pushing my limits and challenging myself. Air Force Officer Training School.
Submitted by: Kelly Wallace


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Wednesdays with Gavin:
Our most precious gift is life. Becoming a grandmother for the first time last year presented a whole new perspective of what matters in life. Knowing that unforeseen occurrences can take place at any time, I desired to at least make a concerted effort toward a healthier lifestyle to spend many quality-filled years being a positive influence on my grandson as he grows. Spurred on by the Senior Team's commitment to being healthier, the excellent Lunch & Learn Cooking for Wellness classes, and a co-worker's caring, but blunt reminder that, "I thought you were going to start after Super Bowl," I can happily say I'm on my way.
Wednesday has become my new favorite day - that's when I'm walking with Gavin!
Submitted by: Marva Feliciano


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There are many reasons why my health is important to me. First of all staying healthy and living a healthy life style truly lets you live a better life for yourself. Staying healthy to me is not only about working out and eating right its about enjoying activities that keep your body fit and let you go out and enjoy what nature has to offer. I love being able to go mountain biking and white water rafting and things like that but if I do not stay healthy there are no way I can enjoy these things.
Submitted by: Paige Ruse


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Round trip ticket to Hawaii - $700.00
Fed Ex shipping for custom longboard - $400.00
Rental car to 7-Mile Miracle - $225.00
Mental and physical stamina to tackle the North Shore - Priceless!
Submitted by: Randy Seller


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My health is so important to me so that my husband and I can raise our beautiful and wonderful 7 daughters together, so they may become 7 awesome women some day. We show them and teach them that faith in God, healthy relationships with each other, family and friends, exercise physically and mentally, and eating well are very important daily to do to have a healthy lifestyle.
Submitted by: Meredith Malisher


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Good for you can be a million different things and is personal and relative. This is a view of the hot springs in Pagosa, Colorado. It's the place to be after a long day of skiing at Wolf Mountain--a mere twenty milas away (or should I say up). You can choose the temperature of your liking to combat the soreness after racing downhill at the edge of control, something that is always Good For You!
Submitted by: Chris Campbell


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Health is important because it allows me to be all I can be to my family, immediate, extended. It also helps me stay in a good positive mood so that through the stresses of life I can be a buffer for those around me. I also have a passion for nature and good health allows me to get out there and enjoy it.
Submitted by: Tom Carlin


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Activity, and the desire to enjoy certain ones, is one of the more paramount reasons for good health. Everyone wants to be able to either say "I did that," or "I tried that." Being in good health gives you the capability to climb those mountains the you erect for yourself and then ski down them in knee deep powder!
Submitted by: Chris Campbell


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Bluebird day! Sunny skies, fresh snow, and mild mercury. All that can be enjoyed when you have good health. You can see every aforementioned element in this picture of my brother on such a day--it's in his smile.
Submitted by: Chris Campbell


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I am so thankful that I have my health and can wake up to my daughter's smiling faces everyday.
Submitted by: Heather Thornton


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My health is important to me because it isn't just about me anymore. As a new mother, I feel a strong sense of responsibility to set a positive and healthy example for my daughter. It is my ultimate goal to foster healthy habits for our family and to lead by example.
Submitted by: Colin Gruber


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This is my puppy Toby, and he looooves beach days(notice the sandy paws :]) Tennis balls are his favorite thing to fetch, and runs as hard as he can to chase them down, and sometimes he even tries to chase the birds. Without being healthy and well, simple things like these beach days would never happen. Taking car of yourself and your health allows you to enjoy the simple pleasures in life--like running and playing fetch with my little fuzzball on the beach. :)
Submitted by: Sarah Light


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LIVE LAUGH LOVE. Living healthy and staying on top of my health, will allow me more time with my Wonderful kids. Allow me to be a wonderful mom, teacher and role model!. Allows me to see them explore and figure out new things. Allows me to be there for my kids when they feel lonely and lost. ALLOWS ME TO LOOK INTO THESE EYES, and be their Hero!
Submitted by: Karen Jernigan


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Staying healthy means being able to spend more time with my family whether it's going fishing in the boat for a few hours, camping, taking a walk, a mini vacation or just staying at home and watching a movie. The healthier I am, the better I feel which means the better everyone feels, and thats what's important in my life. Keeping the kids and husband active also means they are happy as well, and it just transitions to me also trying to be healthy and active, plus it's good for all of us! It's a contagious thing and if everyone does it, it makes for a wonderful life!
Submitted by: Alex Schwartz


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Take Care of your body. By choosing a sport or exercise program, and eating heathly, your body demonstrates the work you have done. The work is a cycle, just like the human existance. Good food, good exercise, good health.
Submitted by: Christy Weaver


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My health allows me to enjoy the precious moment of watching my daughter catch the perfect wave and celebrating her ride to the shore.
Submitted by: Heather Thornton


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Bowling is not a sport that tests physical endurance, but mental strength and endurance. Accuracy is the key, as the ball must go down the right board and cross at the right tracer, to get that strike. If not, it could emotionally wreck your game and chances of winning.
Submitted by: Rose Kuebler


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I am over 40 with a 5 year old, that is why my health is important to me. I want to make sure that I will be around for a long time to help him celebrate all the important things in life, like his first strike!
Submitted by: Robyn Pulley


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JUMPING HIGH FOR OUR HEALTH!!! This is my daughter Tiffany and son-in-law Mike. They are Newly Weds and enjoy staying active. Staying HEALTHLY is so very important so you can enjoy times together. So go ahead and JUMP!
Submitted by: Lynn Hall


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My health is important to me because it means the ability to accomplish my dreams and goals without physical and mental barriers or limitations.
Submitted by: Jesse Hernandez


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My health is important to me because I have two beautiful daughters who set a challenging pace in life. I WILL be a positive role model of health and set an optimal example so they may have their choices of experiences without the limitations that poor health may present. I want my girls to know they are empowered to do anything they can conceive with the ability to empower others at the same time. Health carries such an important role in my ability to interact with, educate and motivate my girls.

I flew my last aicraft mission at 0545 the morning my second daughter was born, July 8th, 2010. Without my health, I would not have been able to show my oldest daughter that it is possible to be a strong, competent, working mother.
Submitted by: Kelly Wallace


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The "PFS Gang" on a special trip to Barbados 2 weeks ago......We want to be "Kicking It Up" for a long time!!!!!
Submitted by: Melanie Gore (formerly Melanie Peck)


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"you call this excercise mom? This is fun, playing in the snow."
Submitted by: Lindsey Seltzer


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No matter what the temperature you need to get out and clear the driveway....before you can anywhere. What better way to get your excersice and to share some family time.
Submitted by: Lindsey Seltzer


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No matter the age the activity is always fun....exspecially when they don't know that it is good for you...and work.
Submitted by: Lindsey Seltzer


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It is never to cold to enjoy the fresh air when dressed accordingly. The winter time is the best time to sled and our favorite...catch snowflakes.
Submitted by: Lindsey Seltzer


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No matter the speed...It is important to wear your helmet when on the snowmachine. Safety is never an option...it's mandatory.
Submitted by: Lindsey Seltzer


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For my wife being healthy seems to have always been a way of life. She didn't understand it's true importance for the first time until her father passed the age when my grandfather died of heart disease. His continued influence in my wifes life helped her be a stronger wife, mother, sister and friend. By focusing time and energy on our physical, spiritual, and emotional health, our families have seen over 90 healthy family vacations, 16 post graduate degrees, 8 healthy grandchildren, countless soccer trophies, ballet recitals, ski tournaments, tennis tournaments, basketball games, music recitals and more! In our 2 families, we have celebrated 754 birthdays! In order to enjoy and celebrate life, our physical health has been a center focus. Here are a few of the most photogenic in the family.
Submitted by: Dave Miller


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One way we love to stay healthy is by just getting out and living life; being active in things we enjoy. My family spent countless hours out on Lake Pleasant in the Adirondack Mountains. Here my brother shows he can still "cut some glass" on a water ski. Not bad for a dad with four kids.
Submitted by: Dave Miller


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The beautiful outdoors is one thing that engerizes me to exercise and stay healthy. Here we sit atop the olympic ski jump in Lake Placid, NY. Note I don't have the skis on. Lacking the skill and expertise of an olympian, I'm showing the importance of healthy living by opting to find a safer way down.
Submitted by: Dave Miller


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My wife and I have found snowshoeing to be a great way to get some exercise up north. On this day we found the icy rocks of Auger Falls.
Submitted by: Dave Miller


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My daughter loves the water and we're teaching her to live an active lifestyle. This is my favorite kind of weight lifting. Staying healthy and active doesn't mean you have to be on the treadmill or signed in at the gym. We love finding creative ways to get a workout.
Submitted by: Dave Miller


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Family is a great motivator for me to be live healthy. Here's my daughter Annabelle. I need to stay healthy just to keep up with her. They grow up so fast. Before I know if she'll be driving.
Submitted by: Dave Miller


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Staying healthy allows me to enjoy the activities I love. Who knew a healthy lifestyle could even be miraculous. I'm walking on water!
"Who needs skis when you got a pair of these!"
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Hitting is the part of baseball I enjoy the best. It involves excellent eye sight, significent motor skills as well as mental disipline.
By staying healthy, I am able to practice this and compete at a high level with much success.
Submitted by: Rose Kuebler


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To be able to pitch with a high level of accuracy and power, it is important to eat well, get plenty of rest as well as exercise on a regular basis.
Submitted by: Rose Kuebler


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Staying healthy allows me to make the most out of all that life has to offer. It really comes down to being able to spend quality time with my children and being there as they explore and learn about the world around them. I want to continue to be a part of moments like this when I discovered that my son shares the same fascination with turtles that I had when I was his age. My many years working at NHRMC have given me an appreciation of the importance of a state of good health.
Submitted by: Brad Johnson


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Good for me is the breath I take everyday I get to spend with my 5 year grandson Stone and the few days I have when his daddy (my son) is home from military duties. They are the best encouragement I could ever ask for!
Submitted by: Pam Stewart


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I want to be able to live, learn, encourage, and inspire. I believe that setting a positive example makes myself a better person and everyone else. My younger cousins and I are very close and I hope that they have learned how fun it is to be active and fit! This is my cousin and I in the Cayman Islands immersed in the tropical beauty around us.
Submitted by: Emilee Smith


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Setting no limitations on myself and being care free has been the recipe in my life. I believe that living a positive lifestyle physically and mentally is the key ingredient to ultimate happiness. This is me in front of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland.
Submitted by: Emilee Smith


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One of the most amazing places I have ever been was the Dead Sea. I took a trip to Israel to visit my grand parents who are currently living there doing missionary work. My grandmother and I spent the whole day hiking, exploring, and lastly floating in the Dead Sea. This high salt concentration allows anyone to almost walk on water. Seriously, I could roll on top of the water like a log! Being healthy is setting an example. I hope to one day be as adventurous as my grandmother who is 71. She has proven that being healthy leads to a satisfying life.
Submitted by: Emilee Smith


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This picture was taken at the Arboretum in Wilmington. Staying active is very important to our family. Our son has learned the value of good health through play, healthy eating and enjoying the outdoors. It is our responsibility to our children to stay healthy in order to keep up with them!
Submitted by: Tracey Bruno


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Keeping the kids active is the best way to keep them healthy. Active and safe, like wearing a helmet when bike riding!
Submitted by: Wendy Bledsoe


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It's important to keep my kids active to keep them healthy, they need to have a little fun on the way too!
Submitted by : Wendy Bledsoe