WHAT'S NEW FOR GOVERNOR'S CUP
The annual Governor's Cup Road Race has a new component this year - Columbia's Fittest Company Challenge.
Hundreds of people will take to the streets of Columbia for the Nov. 7 event - most run for individual glory or simply to prove they can finish.
The company challenge allows another incentive. The fittest companies (categories will be based company size) will be determined by a point system. Each employee of a company gets a point for each mile finished - 13 points for the half marathon, five points for the 8K and four points for the 4-mile walk.
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Companies also get a point for each volunteer who helps at the race.
For information on the Fittest Company Challenge, call (803) 404-4142.
For information on the race, go to governorscupsc.org.
TAKE A HEALTHY CHALLENGE
The Healthy Palmetto Challenge offers a dozen obese children the opportunity to work with professionals on a four-month weight-loss program for free.
Palmetto Health's Office of Community Services is accepting applications for the challenge. Participants must be age 10 through 13, be overweight and live in Richland or Lexington county.
The selected children can take advantage of two 45-minute exercise sessions each week with USC's Good Bodies program. A registered nurse will work on nutrition and meal plans.
Other professionals will help with identifying unhealthy behaviors and setting realistic goals. Parents can go to separate sessions on family lifestyle changes.
Children must submit a photo or video and a short (100 words or less) essay about why they want to make a lifestyle change. The deadline for entries is Oct. 30.
For more information, call (803) 296-5777.
LEARN HOW TO FEED YOUR KIDS RIGHT
Dr. Ann Kulze, author of "Feed Your Kids Right," will speak at Heathwood Hall Episcopal School at 10 am. Nov. 7.
"Dr. Ann" has been featured in many national media as an expert on nutrition and disease prevention. Her presentation will focus on healthy lifestyle choices for children.
If you're interested in attending, register through heathwood.org or by calling (803) 231-7718. There's a $10 fee for the program.
- The Light the Night Walk fund-raiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at Columbia International University, 7435 Monticello Road, Columbia. For more information and registration details, call (803) 731-4060.
- A new fundraising event - the Free to Breathe Lung Cancer Awareness Walk - is set for 10 a.m. Nov. 21 at the West Columbia Riverwalk. Sponsored by the National Lung Cancer Partnership, the walk is designed to raise awareness about the disease and raise money to help pay for cancer research. Register online at freetobreathe.org or call (803) 920-6913. The registration fee is $15.
- The Columbia/Lexington Mental Illness Recovery Center Inc. will stage a shrimp boil fundraiser 7 p.m. Thursday at 3809 Rosewood Dr. in Columbia. The annual event raises money for MIRCI's homeless programs. Tickets are $15. For information, call (803) 786-1844, ext. 105.
LYME DISEASE GROUP
A new Lyme Disease support group will hold its first meeting Nov. 8 at Northeast Presbyterian Church, 601 Polo Road in Northeast Richland. For information on the Columbia Christian Lyme Support Group, call (803) 699-8783.
- The American Culinary Federation's Chef & Child Foundation and Clemson University will offer a series of monthly nutrition articles on the ACF web site. Got to acfchefs.org to bridge the nutrition gap with new research information.
- Presentations on prostate cancer, colorectal cancer and healing with humor will be among the highlights of the S.C. Cancer Alliance annual meeting Friday. The meeting runs 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Columbia Conference Center, 169 Laurelhurst Road, Columbia. It costs $25. For more information, call (866) 745-5680.
- USC and Clemson fans can show their school spirit while saving lives in the Donate Life Duel through Nov. 23. Supporters can help their schools win by signing up more organ/tissue donors on the new South Carolina Organ and Tissue Donor Registry at www.Every11Minutes.org. The winner will be announced and a trophy awarded at USC-Clemson football game Nov. 28.
Recent swine flu deaths have prompted fears among parents.
Health experts caution that the H1N1 virus has been caused relatively mild symptoms among most otherwise healthy children. But they warn parents of children with flu-like symptoms to look for these signs that could be emergency warnings of more serious problems.
- Fast breathing or trouble breathing
- Bluish skin color
- Not drinking enough fluids
- Not waking up or not interacting
- Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
- Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
- Fever with a rash
If a child exhibits any of those symptoms, parents should consult a physician.
For more information, Palmetto Health has a brochure on its Web site for parents dealing with the flu. Go to ch.palmettohealth.org/documents/Brochures/CH%20Flu%20Brochure.pdf.