MAYORS FITNESS COUNCIL TEAMING WITH CTMC
TO MAKE WIMBERLEY THE “FITTEST LITTLE TOWN IN TEXAS”
WIMBERLEY, TX – Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) is teaming up with the Wimberley Mayors Fitness Council to offer ongoing programming and services to help make Wimberley the “Fittest Little Town in Texas.” The new collaborative efforts will begin with a free offering of CTMC’s successful Community Wellness Challenge to the residents of the Wimberley area followed by the Mayors Fitness Council Healthy Fair and then ongoing monthly talks and events focused on health and wellness.
The first initiative of the New Year will be CTMC Wimberley Wellness Challenge. Interested parties will sign up for the program through the Wimberley City Hall and attend one of two kick-off sessions being offered at the Community Center on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012.
“Every year we all make New Year’s Resolutions but very few of us seem to be able to keep them,” said Bob Flocke, Mayor of the City of Wimberley. “Our volunteer Fitness Council works to support and promote all aspects of health and wellness in our community, and to unfold a comprehensive, ongoing strategy to provide our citizens with information and access to improved health and wellness,” he added.
CTMC’s Community Wellness Challenge is a LoneStart Wellness initiative that lasts for 63-days. The free, behavior-based program provides participants with the opportunity, information, motivation and support to achieve their healthy lifestyle goals through simple, achievable and tangible steps to increase their activity and make better food choices.
CTMC has offered the program to its own employees and other community businesses and organizations over the past few years with significant success. During the initial challenge at CTMC, employees lost a combined weight of nearly 400 pounds. Several individuals also had significant reductions in cholesterol, blood glucose and triglyceride levels and the need for medications. The 54 Wimberley citizens who participated in the Wellness Challenge last year experienced similar success.
“This 63-day wellness and fitness challenge worked great for me and made me a believer that we can take care of our own health with just a little effort and commitment,” said Dee Taylor, CTMC Executive Assistant. “I was amazed that after the program I had such great results that I was able to not only get off my cholesterol medication but my blood pressure meds as well!”
The CTMC Wimberley Wellness Challenge kick-off sessions will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. in the Wimberley Community Center. LoneStart Wellness co-founder, Jay Seifert, will personally conduct each of the kick-off sessions. For more information or to register, please stop by City Hall at 221 Stillwater Mon. – Fri. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. or call 512-847-0025.
The Challenge will conclude on Sat., March 24 to coincide with Mayors Fitness Council Healthy Fair, which will also take place at the Community Center from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. The event is being billed as a “one-stop shop” for individuals to see, experience and learn about Wimberley area businesses and organizations and the health and wellness services they offer. Admission is free.
The Wimberley Mayors Fitness Council was formed in 2008 with the goal of improving the health and wellness of the community of Wimberley. The Council has already successfully launched a monthly Monday Moon Walk program and a twice-weekly $2 Fitness Class. It also participates in and promotes other local Walk & Run events as well as the development of Wimberley’s new Hike and Bike Trail and Blue Hole Regional Park.
CTMC recently announced that it had teamed up with local developer Robert McDonald and Tarantino Properties to create the new Wimberley Medical Plaza, a 25,000 sf medical office complex that will be located just past the stoplight at RR 12 and FM 3237 in Wimberley. CTMC will be the anchor tenant of the larger of two buildings that will complete the park-like facility. CTMC’s Dr. Eric Price will be relocating his current Wimberley practice to the new location and outpatient lab and x-ray services will also be included in the CTMC offerings at the Plaza. The first of the two buildings is slated to break ground in March of 2012 with estimated completion and occupancy of it by the end of 2012.
About Central Texas Medical Center
CTMC is a 178-bed acute-care hospital providing a wide range of complex healthcare services in San Marcos, Texas, and neighboring communities. CTMC was recognized as the first ever “Green Business of the Year” for 2010 by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and was named “Best Hospital” for Hays County in the “Best of Hays 2010” publication.
The hospital, which originated in 1923 as Hays County Soldiers, Sailors and Marines Memorial Hospital, was restructured in 1960. The present facility was opened at its current Wonder World Drive location in 1983. The CTMC staff of more than 700 employees works with more than 180 active and consulting physicians to provide quality services to patients and their families. In addition, over 100 community members and interns from area educational institutions volunteer their services to the hospital.
Adventist Health System (AHS) is a not-for-profit healthcare organization that emphasizes Christ at the center of care. Founded in 1973, AHS has quickly grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant healthcare provider in the nation. Today, AHS supports 43 hospitals and employs 55,000 individuals. AHS hospitals are comprised of 7,700 licensed beds, providing care for 4 million patients each year in inpatient, outpatient and emergency room visits.