By B. Adam Burke
SOLON– Working out, staying fit and eating right can add up to longer lives.
Solon residents Dr. Brian Fitzpatrick and Lianne Westcot are organizers behind the Solon Community Fitness Club.
They’re working on lining up teams and teammates for part of the state-wide “Live Healthy Iowa 100 Day Wellness Challenge.”
Last year, Solon teams lost a collective 250 pounds. This year participants have a chance to win prizes and by signing up with a team, can get free access to workout facilities in Iowa City.
To gear up for the challenge, which begins Jan. 23, the fitness club hosted a nutrition night on Jan. 10 with Mercy Medical Center Registered Dietician Lori Winborn of Swisher.
Winborn, who said she works with “a lot of different sizes and shapes of people,” discussed nutrition guidelines and answered questions from the group, then presented a short talk called, “Eat to Compete,” for the runners and athletes in the room looking for a way to stay energized during races and longer workouts.
Fitzpatrick gave the group some pointers on goal-setting and is getting his team set for the event which will run from Jan. 23 until May 1.
“It’s not just for workout buffs,” Lianne Westcot said. Her team is called, “Sweat Equity.”
Kris Elijah, Solon school nurse, liked the friendly competition feel of the event. She said she would bring the challenge into the schools to get teachers and students involved.
Teams can enter to track activity minutes, weight loss or both.
See www.solonfitness.wordpress.com  for more information. Info about the state-wide event is at www.livehealthyiowa.org .