Health Team

Good health begins with a single step

Posted August 31, 2009 2:04 p.m. EDT
Updated September 1, 2009 10:10 a.m. EDT

— A new fitness program in the Triangle encourages people to take health care reform into their own hands by exercising and lowering their risk of chronic diseases.

Fit-Tastic is a 12-week training and wellness program led by certified coaches.

"The thing I wanted to get out is to make people understand how important fitness is in your life and help them begin to figure how to begin a lifelong fitness program," said Mike Zimmerman, the organizer of Fit-Tastic and owner of Athlete's Foot in Cameron Village.

Participants also benefit from a partnership with Rex Hospital and Wellness staff.

"Part of that partnership is we do wellness screenings with the Rex Wellness staff at the beginning and end of each program," Zimmerman said.

First, men and women of all fitness levels gather to pound the pavement around Cameron Village in Raleigh on Monday and Thursday evenings.

They will cap the program, which costs $50, with a 5K run in October.

Participants Jean and Clyde Brannon said they're not letting health problems get in the way of better health. She has asthma, and he has Type 2 diabetes, but they're reducing their medications and have already lost a few pounds.

"It's better. It makes you feel better all the way around," Jean Brannon said.

The Brannons said they might not become runners, but they expect to be great fitness walkers, taking tremendous steps to good health.