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Heart & Sole Training Begins This Weekend!

On your marks, get set, go! The official 10-week training plan for the Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s 5 Miler begins this weekend. A great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day is to take care of your heart by committing to a fitness plan that will help keep your heart healthy.

H&SThe Lexington Medical Center Heart & Sole Women’s 5 Miler will take place April 25 at 8:30 a.m. in Finlay Park. A 10-week, self-paced training program begins this Sunday, February 15. The free plan includes online tips and advice from a trainer at Health Directions, Lexington Medical Center’s fitness and wellness gym. Download the training schedule at www.LMCHealthDirections.com

Lexington Medical Center is the new sponsor of the Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler. A women’s only event held in downtown Columbia, the race features a five-mile run, a five-mile walk and a three-mile walk.

“We’re proud to host the Heart & Sole Women’s Five Miler because it not only encourages physical activity a healthy lifestyle, it also calls attention to the issue of heart disease — the biggest health threat women face today,” said Dr. Jeffrey Travis, heart surgeon with Lexington Cardiovascular Surgery.

The Carolina Marathon Association launched the state’s first women’s only road race in South Carolina in 2002. The Heart & Sole event grew from fewer than 400 female participants its first year to more than 2,300 in 2014. Sponsored in conjunction with WIS News 10, the race offers women of all athletic abilities the opportunity to participate in a comforting, supportive environment. Elite athletes, as well as first-timers, enjoy the unique event that offers a red rose at the finish line and special refreshments that include chocolate-covered strawberries.

For more information about the event or to register, visit www.HeartAndSoleRun.com.

In addition to the free online training, there are other training options:

Strictly Running
8-week training program begins March 8
$90, includes twice-weekly group training sessions
Register at: www.strictlyrunning.com

You can also find information, inspiration and motivation for the race on Lexington Medical Center’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/LexingtonMedical) and on Instagram at RunWithAmanda. “Amanda” is Amanda Castles, a personal trainer at Health Directions, who will offer training tips from now until race day.

And, follow women in training on www.EveryWomanBlog.com, a blog that’s part of Lexington Medical Center. Women bloggers are training for their first five-mile race and will chronicle the highs and lows of their journey to become runners. They’ll follow the online training program offered by the hospital and share their experience. Follow them at www.EveryWomanBlog.com and click on the Heart & Sole Training tab. The blog will also include training tips, education, motivation and inspiration from running experts.

Take 5 for Heart Health

Lexington Medical Center is pleased to begin its “Take 5 for Heart Health” campaign for February. “Take 5 for Heart Health” encourages community members to take time for their heart health with five key elements: Eat Right, Chill Out, Get Moving, Call 911 and Know the Facts. As part of the innovative program, Lexington Medical Center is partnering with Midlands businesses to provide free, fun heart health events including exercise classes and stress relief activities throughout the month of February. You can begin signing up for the classes and events today at www.LexMed.com/Take5.
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The free events include golf at Rawls Creek Golf and Mid Carolina Club, an olive oil and vinegar tasting at The Classy Cruet, cooking demonstrations with Charleston Cooks, ice skating and roller skating at Plex Indoor Sports in Irmo and Sandhills, a grocery store tour to learn about healthy food shopping, a moonlight paddle on Lake Murray in a canoe, a Congaree Creek Heritage Preserve hike with Phoenix Adventures, Stacked Fitness boot camp, SKA Dance Fitness classes, Columbia Museum of Art passes, Columbia Classical Ballet Company Swan Lake tickets, meditation with Vital Energy, Broadway in Columbia tickets to Flashdance at the Koger Center for the Arts, a Lunch & Learn on sodium and potassium, volunteering at Pawmetto Lifeline and the Harvest Hope Food Bank, and 8K road race training with Fleet Feet Sports. And that’s just the beginning. Participants at the classes and events are encouraged to wear red as a sign of support for spreading the message about heart health.

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“We’re thrilled with the response we’ve had from our business partners to provide important heart health education to our community,” said Barbara Willm, vice president of Community Relations at Lexington Medical Center. “Heart disease is an epidemic in South Carolina. One out of every three deaths in our state is related to cardiovascular disease. The “Take 5 for Heart Health” campaign educates our community about heart health and encourages people to lead a heart-healthy life through exercise, education and minimizing stress.”

Heart disease has been the #1 killer of women since 1910. More women die of heart disease than men, and 64% of women who die of a heart attack did not know they were at serious risk. It’s important for women to follow up with their physicians regularly.

Lexington Medical Center is dedicated to treating heart disease with comprehensive cardiovascular care.

For a full list of events, visit www.LexMed.com/Take5. Businesses can sign up to offer free classes and participants can register on the website. Participants must sign up in advance. Class space is limited, and classes will close when they reach capacity.

The “Take 5 for Heart Health” campaign will culminate with an interactive Heart Fair on Sunday, March 1 from 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel at the intersection of Interstate 20 and Bush River Road in Columbia. Attendees can learn about the latest cardiovascular technology, taste heart-healthy foods, attend mini-lectures by physicians on cardiovascular topics, have a chair massage, take a citizen CPR class and receive a blood pressure screening.

This Way To A Healthier Gym

Health Directions, the fitness and wellness gym backed by Lexington Medical Center, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year.

Health Directions shows that all gyms are not created equal. The certified staff provides personal training and classes for all fitness levels, with workouts that are safe and effective. State-of-the-art equipment, easy-to-access convenience and healthier fitness options – all backed by the expertise of Lexington Medical Center. And all for a healthier you.

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These perks are included with membership:
~Annual health screenings for members and spouses, including lipid profile and body composition
~Specialized exercise prescription by certified health fitness specialists
~Personalized nutrition coaching from a registered dietitian
~Automated blood pressure machines
~Health education classes

Call (803) 791 – 2113 for a free week trial membership. Health Directions is open seven days a week at 3239 Sunset Boulevard in West Columbia. Visit LMCHealthDirections.com