Nearly 2,500 school district staff members attended the breakfast and pep rally at Dutch Fork High School on the morning of August 18th. In addition, Lexington Medical Center doctors and staff members were there with information on the hospital and its services including Ob/Gyn care, Midwives, Cardiac Rehabilitation and Health Directions, the hospital’s health and wellness facility.Present at the breakfast to meet and greet with school district employees were Dr. Jim Estes, Lexington Women’s Care Ob/Gyn; Dr. Whitney Thoma, Chapin Women’s Care Gyn; Terre Shankle, Lexington Women’s Care Midwife; Mimi Jackson of Cardiovascular Rehabilition and Lisa Minges of Health Directions. This is the first year that Lexington Medical Center has sponsored the breakfast for this event. “We are always looking for new, innovative ways to show our partnership with our community,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of community relations at Lexington Medical Center. “We believe the partnership between business and education is important; we’re always supportive of our school systems.”
The school year for Lexington-Richland 5 began August 19th. For more information about Lexington Medical Center and its services, visit www.lexmed.com.
by Sarah McClanahan
Stephen McDonald, a personal trainer at Health Directions, the health and wellness facility of Lexington Medical Center, completed a strong man competition this summer where he pulled a 44,000-pound bus! McDonald pulled the bus 80 feet in 30 seconds.
In addition to the bus pull, the competition, which took place near Charlotte, NC in the Lake Norman area, included a variety of events such as the atlas stone, dead lift and overhead press melody. There are 30 different strong man events and participants have to be prepared for any event combination.
“To participate in a strong man competition, you really have to be well-rounded physically. You have to hit all the training regimes,” says McDonald.
This was his first strong man competition, but it won’t be his last. When asked if he plans to participate in future competitions, McDonald replies, “I will keep doing this as long as my body holds up.” His next competition is Labor Day weekend in Columbia.