Archive | November, 2013

LMC Governor’s Cup Road Race 2013

Lexington Medical Center was pleased to be the title sponsor of the Governor’s Cup Road Race in Columbia on November 9, 2013. This race is one of the longest consistently running road races in the Southeast. This year, proceeds benefitted Girls on the Run, an organization that inspires school age girls to be their best. Lexington Medical Center had more than 250 employees participate. Here’s a slideshow of some of our favorite photos.

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Record Participation Expected for LMC Governor’s Cup Road Race This Saturday

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to be the title sponsor of the 41st annual Governor’s Cup Road Race, a half marathon, 8K run, 4-mile walk and Kids Run scheduled for Saturday, November 9, 2013 in Columbia. With more than 2,000 people registered, this year’s race will be the largest in event history.

The field of participants includes 20 highly competitive runners from around the world, including a man and a woman from Kenya, Africa, who will both run the half-marathon. There are also several elite runners from around the Carolinas who will take part. In addition, more than 500 children from 15 elementary schools in the Midlands will race in the one-mile Kids Run.

“Lexington Medical Center enjoys participating in partnerships in our community that encourage healthy lifestyles and work toward educating people about the importance of exercise,” said Mark Shelley, vice president of Marketing and Communications at Lexington Medical Center.

The Lexington Medical Center Governor’s Cup Road Race is one of the oldest continuously operated road races in the Southeast. The race begins at the corner of Main and Gervais Streets in Columbia at the South Carolina State House. The course takes runners through Columbia neighborhoods and finishes at the historic and picturesque Horseshoe on the University of South Carolina campus.
The Fort Jackson Army Band will provide music entertainment at the starting line. There will be a live band playing at the finish line. This year’s prize money totals $7,500, the largest in the history of the race. Trophies will be produced by a local potter.

The Lexington Medical Center Governor’s Cup Road Race half-marathon will begin at 8:00 a.m.; the 8K starts at 8:20 a.m.; the 4-mile walk at 8:30 a.m. and Kids Run at 8:30 a.m. Registration for the half-marathon is $80; the 8K is $30; and the 4-mile walk is $30.

Proceeds from the Lexington Medical Center Governor’s Cup will benefit Girls on the Run, a program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade that inspires girl to be joyful, healthy and confident using a curriculum that creatively integrates running.

Not In The Moo’d for Cow’s Milk? Try a Milk Alternative

By Jennifer Benedetto MS, RD, LD, CNSC

As the old slogan goes, “Milk does a body good”. But what if you are lactose intolerant? Or Vegan? Does almond milk do a body good? What about Rice Milk? Alternatives to cow’s milk are now readily available but how do they stack up nutritionally?

»_Vitamin_HB___Why_You_MUUUST_Start_Drinking_Almond_Milk__«_Huda_Beauty_–_Makeup_and_Beauty_Blog__How_To__Makeup_Tutorial__DIY__Drugstore_Products__Celebrity_Beauty_Secrets_and_Tips-3Soy milk, which is made from water and ground soybeans, has been considered the closest alternative to cow’s milk because it contains a similar amount of calories and protein. Soymilk is often fortified with vitamins and minerals including calcium, so some brands actually boast more calcium than cow’s milk. Since soy milk is made from a plant, it does not contain cholesterol and has less saturated fat. It is popular with people who are lactose intolerant or vegetarian and can be used just like cow’s milk.

Almond milk is popular with the calorie conscious since it provides fewer calories than skim milk. Unflavored almond milk contains ~ 60 calories per cup. Unsweetened almond milk contains even fewer calories at 30 calories per cup. However almond milk provides only 1 g protein per cup, while cow’s milk contains 8 g per cup. Almond milk contains no cholesterol or saturated fat so it is an appropriate choice for those on a heart healthy diet.

Rice milk is a good alternative for those with a soy or nut allergy. But since it is made from rice, it contains more carbohydrates and would not be the best choice for diabetics. Like almond milk, rice milk contains no saturated fat or cholesterol and is low in protein. When shopping for rice milk, be sure to look for brands that are fortified with calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin D.

New to the American market is a lesser known alternative to cow’s milk, hemp milk. Hemp milk is a vegan product made from water and ground hemp seed, the edible part of the hemp plant. These seeds contain no THC, the psychoactive ingredient in the related marijuana plant. Hemp milk contains more omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids than other milks and contains slightly more protein that almond and rice milk, 2-3 g per cup. Hemp milk is a good source of calcium and vitamin D and contains all ten essential amino acids. As for taste, hemp milk is said to have a creamier consistency and nuttier taste than soy or almond milk.

So, whatever your health goals are, there is likely a milk alternative that is right for you. Need more protein, choose soy or hemp milk. Want to lose weight by cutting calories, try almond milk. Whichever milk alternative you choose, however, be careful with flavored varieties, they contain added sugars.