Fitness part of the Recipe for Your Health

Licensed dietitian Becky Varner talks about the importance of fitness for your health and shares a recipe for an after-workout smoothie.
BY BECKY VARNER beckyvarner@cox.net Published: September 5, 2012

Nancy Shidler, M.S., is the administrative director of PACER. She said the center performs fitness evaluations on every person who joins. If something of concern or a “red flag” is raised about a risk factor during that evaluation, it is stopped and the physician is contacted or the person is sent back to his or her physician for clearance. The fitness testing includes basic height, weight, flexibility, grip strength and abdominal strength. In addition, resting heart rate, blood pressure and blood tests via finger stick are checked. A lipid profile including total cholesterol, HDL, LDL and triglycerides determines a baseline and a low, level exercise tolerance test determines the fitness of the individual's heart.

Each person is provided an individualized exercise prescription, including short- and long-term goals. Everyone is taught how to use the equipment in their prescription during their fitness program orientation. A three-month follow-up evaluates progress and additional follow-up is scheduled as necessary. PACER also offers more than 100 classes per week. In addition, it provides free baby-sitting for parents or grandparents while they are exercising.

A great place to start with better nutrition is to replace sugary empty calorie snacks with nutrient-packed options. This refreshing smoothie is a great snack after exercising for a midday energy boost or even as part of breakfast. It includes orange juice and strawberries from the fruit group and fat-free yogurt from the dairy group. Plus it is simple and quick to fix.

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IF YOU GO

Learn with Lunch

Becky will teach Learn with Lunch classes at:

Noon on Tuesday at the Buy For Less at 3501 NW Expressway;

Noon Sept. 18 at the Buy For Less at 10011 SE 15 in Midwest City;

9:30 a.m. Sept. 19 at Uptown Grocery Co., 1230 W Covell, in Edmond.

Class size is limited. Call 302-6273, ext. 332, for reservations.

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