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Altamont Kicks Off Summer Health Initiative

Posted on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 11:35 am

Altamont is gearing up for a summer of health with the “Here’s 2 Health” health initiative. Partnering with the Grundy County Health Council, Altamont will be providing several opportunities for people to improve their health.

Kicking off the summer program is the weigh-in for the “Lighten Up Weight Loss Challenge”.

healthy-for-life“This is Altamont’s version of Biggest Loser, with a more positive title. Participants pay a onetime fee of $5 and weigh in. The weight is documented, signed by the contestant, and sealed in an envelope that will be locked away in Citizen’s Tri County Bank’s vault until August 23, the official end of the challenge. Each contestant’s weight loss program is strictly self-directed; however, we are having several activities they can participate in to help with weight loss. Everyone should be able to find some kind of health and life improvement activity,” stated Mayor Jana Barrett. “These activities include but are not limited to Zumba, Yoga, Hiking, smoking cessation, and the Living Well with Chronic Conditions workshop.”

Classes include:

Zumba: Each Monday and Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., in the Altamont Community Center through June and July. Kristi Shrum is the instructor and the cost is $3 per class.

Yoga for Every Body: Mondays and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., at the Florence Scruggs Building’s museum. Sherri Fults, a certified yoga instructor, will be teach a general yoga class. There is a charge of $4 per class. After the first class if you bring someone new, the next class is $2.

Christian Inspired Yoga: Margaret Nunley-Tepley, MA, will be conducting a four-week class. She completed 200 hours general Yoga Teacher Training at Yoga Landing in Chattanooga, and a 300-hour Yoga Therapy Teacher Training at Subtle Yoga in Asheville, both Yoga Alliance designated schools. She has attended many workshops led by internationally famous teachers. This class will meet on Sunday afternoons for women 50 and older. There is a class limit of 5-10 people. Times to be announced. .

“Yoga is a total workout for the body and the mind. In yoga, we focus on the breath as we exercise. It is a moving meditation. When you step onto your mat, you leave your to-do lists and your worries behind,” says Fults. “As a beginner, your yoga practice usually focuses on learning the various poses or exercises, using good form, strengthening and stretching all the major muscle groups in the body, and improving your posture.

As you advance, you may choose to turn your yoga practice into a cardiovascular workout by doing a flow. Practicing yoga is an excellent way to maintain your weight and even reduce your weight. Because of its relaxation benefits, yoga reduces cortisol in the body, which encourages stress-related eating. Yoga is low impact, so it is an excellent exercise for people with injuries, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis, joint pain, arthritis, back and neck pain, and many other medical conditions. Yoga is for every body.”

Hike for Health: Join a short hike to Stone Door on Saturday, June 20. Meet Jana Barrett at the ranger’s station at 8 a.m. The hike in and out of Stone Door is approximately two miles. Other hikes will be scheduled at different places.

Smoking cessation classes and Living Well with Chronic Conditions Workshop dates and times will be announced later.

For more information about any of these classes email Jana Barrett at or visit their Facebook Page: Altamont Express.