Friday, April 15, 2011

5K the FCMC Way!

County Medical Center is committed to helping improve the health and well being of the residents of Floyd County and surrounding areas. As a healthcare center, we want to encourage and challenge you to start making changes today that will help you lead a more healthy and active lifestyle.
Increasing activity is one of the best ways to enhance our health and is also the area that most of us need the most improvement.   Many of us fall short of the recommended 30 minutes of activity per day that is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
With this in mind, FCMC has developed a free training program for the residents of the Charles City community, to train 8 weeks with a goal of completing the Charley Western Firecracker 5K on July 4th. Whether you want to walk or run, or a combination of both, the training program will push you to increase your daily activity, provide tips for improving your overall health and also toss in a few fun incentives along the way.
Although you may not feel ready to complete the 5K on the 4th, we hope that this program will increase your daily activity level and also give you a positive outlook on making healthy changes in your life.
We are honored to have the support of local businesses, the Charles City Chamber of Commerce, and the Charley Western Firecracker 5K in providing this awesome program to you.
We at FCMC are taking this challenge and we hope that you’ll join us!

Please find more information on the program and registration forms at . You are also able to pick up forms from FCMC or the Charles City Chamber of Commerce.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

I scream... you scream...

We all scream... for ice cream!! Since I live closest to Waverly, we tend to run most of our errands there. Recently, the "seasonal" Dairy Queen re-opened and after it was closed for a few months, we definitely needed to stop in!

Before we went to DQ, I didn't stop to review the nutritional information, but chose my favorite of all time, a small chocolate chip cookie dough blizzard. Love this! After my indulgence, I just had to take the time at home to "assess the damage" and found that my favorite treat holds 710 calories and 28 grams of fat. I could just feel my thighs getting bigger as I typed that :)

Since we tend to treat ourselves and stop at DQ more often than we should, I took the time to compile a little mental list of the healthier (and not so healthy) options for ice cream at DQ and here they are:

  • Any of the DQ plain cones (chocolate, vanilla or chocolate dipped cone) fall below 300 calories, even for a large
  • Small or medium sundaes are great choices, in a dish, not a waffle bowl
  • Chocolate dilly bar- 240 calories, with most dilly bars about the same calorie leve
  • Fudge bar- 50 calories
  • DQ ice cream sandwich- 190 calories

  • Blizzards, shakes, or malts= poor choice with lots of calories, up to 1450 calories for a Georgia Mud large blizzard and even 400 calories for most mini blizzards
  • DQ cakes- 440 calories for 1/8th of an 8 inch cake
Try to make a choice that falls around 200 calories at most. Also, walk to DQ to burn off some calories prior to indulging!

Happy Spring and welcome the ice cream season!