Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Interested in Health, Wellness and Your Community? Join the new Health and Wellness Committee.

Would you like to help shape the future in Southlake? Are you someone who is interested in health or wellness? Is your community important to you?

If you answered yes to these questions, apply now to the new Health & Wellness Master Plan Committee.

Need to know more?  Southlake is full of health and wellness experts, enthusiasts and advocates who we’d like to help us put together the new Health and Wellness Master Plan. Here are a few examples of ideas the committee could explore.

Built & Natural Environment – How can parks be more senior-friendly? This topic may include looking at how landscape and lighting requirements can increase public safety, and developing criteria to evaluate the overall safety of development proposals;

Transportation – This could include highlighting existing Community Service Agreements, such as Call a Ride Southlake (CARS). The committee may also explore sidewalk connections and how incorporating Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) into roadways might encourage safety and increase mobility;

Aging Population – Another important focus area includes examining opportunities to increase the quality of life for seniors in the community and those that wish to “age in place” through policies and programs. This may consist of reviewing ordinances in terms of existing requirements for family or “mother-in-law” quarters as families may serve as caregivers for aging relatives;

Mental Health & Wellness – Topics within this category may include working with healthcare professionals on community needs related to anxiety and depression and other mental illnesses;

Partnerships – This ultimately speaks to how the City of Southlake will pursue partnerships with groups such as health care providers, the Carroll Independent School District, and possibly other community service organizations that focus on health and wellness initiatives.

Southlake City Council recognizes the importance of health and wellness issues and has included this new component in the Southlake 2035 Comprehensive Plan. While this plan element is new, it will build on recommendations from other plans. For example, the LiveFit Program has been successfully implemented as a health and wellness program in the City. “The success of LiveFit demonstrates that health and wellness is something we can all relate to. I’m looking forward to the invaluable insight committee members will provide us as we move forward with this new component of the 2035 Master Plan,” says Senior Director of Planning & Development Services Ken Baker.

City Council is seeking applicants of all ages and backgrounds, encouraging those with professional experience or interest in health or wellness topics to apply. Committee members will be asked to meet about once a month over the course of several months, to work alongside City staff to develop this master plan element. They will be reviewing existing city policies; evaluating the current health and wellness landscape in Southlake; analyzing current and future wellness needs and topics; and formulating recommendations to City Council related to health and wellness.

Interested in applying? Visit the Health and Wellness Plan page on the City website to learn more about the application process. Applications are due by February 16, 2018.

Sign Up for the 2018 LiveFit Wellness Challenge

The holidays are here, but there is still no time like the present to start thinking about getting fit and reducing stress in your life.

One way to accomplish this is through the City of Southlake’s LiveFit Wellness Challenge. It’s easy to sign up and each month you’ll find new health-related classes to keep you up-to-date on the latest wellness topics ranging from checking for hormone imbalances, improving circulation, eating healthy and much more.

Let 2018 be your fittest, strongest and healthiest year yet and take the LiveFit Wellness Challenge! The 2018 LiveFit Wellness Challenge kicks off on January 13, 2018. Registration is free and begins December 15, 2017. Participants will compete in daily challenges, track their steps, and have the opportunity to attend ‘lunch and learns’, fitness classes, activities with the mayor and so much more.  Participants will receive a free t-shirt once they have registered and will receive more fun goodies and prizes once they accumulate points!

 Mark your calendar for the following FREE LiveFit events!

January 13: Health Fair Wellness Challenge Kickoff

February 10: Fitness Fun Day

March 15: Wellness Challenge Conclusion

March 17: Superhero Fun Run and 5K Sponsored by Texas Health Resources (FREE with Wellness Challenge Registration!)

 Other activities will include:

  • Events with Mayor Laura Hill
  • LiveWell Lecture Series
  • Couch to 5K Sponsored by Camp Gladiator
  • FREE February Fitness Classes
  • Fitness Workshops
  • Daily Challenges and More

Each activity helps participants earn points toward winning the ultimate prize, but there will be many other amazing prizes as well. 2017’s winners took home FitBits, Apple Watches, Bose headphones and some great LiveFit goodies. The Wellness Challenge concludes with the annual Superhero Fun Run and 5K in Bicentennial Park. Challenge registrants will gain FREE access to the run.

The Southlake LiveFit program also hosts group fitness classes at the Southlake Activity Center at 307 Parkwood Drive. For $20 a month, participants receive unlimited access to all the fitness classes offered in the morning and evening. Classes include Gentle Yoga, Zumba, Total Body Workout, Pilates and Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga. Click here for a current calendar.  Register online for your LiveFit Pass today!

Mark your calendars for January 13, 2018, − March 17, 2018, as Southlake continues to live a healthier lifestyle. For more information, please visit the LiveFit Wellness Challenge website.

LiveFit Southlake Wellness Challenge begins on Jan. 14 at Bicentennial Park.

Join us as we kick-off our eight week LiveFit Southlake Wellness Challenge on Saturday, January 14, 2017!

The first event of this year’s LiveFit Southlake Wellness Challenge, sponsored by Sprout’s Farmer’s Market, will take place at 9a.m. on Saturday, January 14th as we take a walk around Bicentennial Park with Mayor Laura Hill. We will meet at Aria Amphitheater to get warmed up before we head off. Immediately following that will be a health fair at The Marq Southlake. The health fair will include free health screenings, information about health and wellness and what our local sponsors are doing to support that mission.

The LiveFit Southlake Wellness Challenge is a city wide program aimed at encouraging community health and wellness for people of all ages. Throughout the free eight week challenge there will be many events to reach out and connect with the city. These events will include free group fitness classes, CPR certification classes, the LiveWell Lecture Series and Low-Calorie Cook-off among others. If you have not already registered for the Wellness Challenge, you can online at LiveFitSLK.com or in person at any LiveFit Southlake event.

Also, don’t forget to also take advantage of the free group fitness classes going on during the month of January. The classes offered include Zumba, Pilates, and multiple types of yoga.

Introducing the LiveFit LiveWell Lecture Series

The LiveFit Southlake Wellness Challenge is being extended to include a series of health talks by Executive Medicine of Texas. The new LiveFit/LiveWell summer lecture series will be offered free of charge to Southlake and surrounding city residents beginning in June.

Wellness has become the focus for many cities throughout the United States. Each program is a little different, but leave it to Southlake, Texas to bring forth a unique program that includes an extra emphasis on health education. Couple Southlake’s strive for excellence with Executive Medicine of Texas’ reputation for world class medical care, and you have a program like non-other.

In 2015, the City of Southlake started their LiveFit Wellness Challenge which included walks with Mayor Laura Hill through their many city parks, a health fair, and a 5k run. The emphasis was on getting outside and increasing physical activity, not only on an individual level, but as a family. The Live Fit program was successful from the beginning, with an end of season run with 300 members. “The addition of lectures, is what makes LiveFit/LiveWell a great partnership that will benefit so many people,” states Mayor Hill.

The lectures are presented by the physicians and wellness experts at Executive Medicine of Texas, a preventative and proactive medical practice that has won awards for their wellness programs and published books. The lecturers also host the nationally syndicated Staying Young Radio Show, where they educate people from coast to coast on a daily basis through Stay Young Medical Minutes and their long form show. They are able to bring that same energy to the LiveFit/LiveWell summer program. Mayor Hill commented, “I am excited to see the lecture series added to our city’s health initiative. LiveFit/LiveWell is a great way to educate – and education is always the best way to drive change.”

The LiveFit/LiveWell lecture series is schedule to start in June and end in August and will be held at The Marq, located at 285 Shady Oaks Drive. The complete list of dates and speaking topics include:

Thursday, June 9th
“Grocery Store Must Haves for Longer Life” presented by Walter Gaman, MD, FABFPYou are what you eat. Our processed and packaged foods are causing serious health issues. It’s time to get back to basics. Learn which foods improve memory, weight loss, arthritis, and make you look and feel much younger.

Thursday, June 23rd
“No Guts No Glory: Understanding Your Microbiome” presented by Mark Anderson, MD, DABFP
New research shows that gut health is the key to preventing most diseases, maintaining a healthy weight, and living a long and healthy life. Learn what you need to keep your microbiome healthy and what things you need to avoid.

Thursday, July 14th
“Simplify – Getting the Penny out of Your Eye” presented by Judy Gaman, BSHS, MSPS
Have you ever over complicated even the simplest things in life? Stress is a leading cause of disease and ultimately death. Learn how to put things in perspective and reduce stress, techniques that may just save your life.

Thursday, July 28th
“Inflammation: Putting out the Fire that Causes Disease” presented by Walter Gaman, MD, FABFP
Inflammation has now been scientifically linked to everything from heart disease to Alzheimer’s disease. In order to prevent it, you need to understand it. Learn what causes inflammation, how to reduce it, and what it means to your future.

Thursday, August 11th
“Hormones and Your Brain” presented by Mark Anderson, MD, DABFP
Feeling a little foggy lately? Gaining weight and lacking energy? Too many people are being misdiagnosed and put on medications they don’t need. Learn the symptoms, proper diagnosis, and available treatments for hormone imbalances. This talk is for both men and women.

Thursday, August 25th
“Genetics, Epigenetics, and Mindset: The Secrets to Longevity” by Judy Gaman, BSHS, MSPS
Secrets to a long and healthy life, may be in your genes, but they don’t tell the whole story. Learn what the research tells us about longevity, coupled with the experiences and accounts of multiple people who have lived past their 100th birthday.

As doctor Mark Anderson explains, “Each time we give a lecture, we make it fun and interactive. Medical and health information doesn’t need to be dry, it should be informative and educational. Our goal is to engage the community and help them take control of their own health.”

In addition to the venue, the City of Southlake is also providing childcare from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for parents attending the lectures. Residents of the City of Southlake and surrounding cities are welcome to attend. Refreshments are served and registration begins at 5:30 pm. The one hour lectures begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Other sponsors for Live Fit/Live Well include Southlake Style Magazine and Central Market in Southlake.

For more information visit, www.LiveFitSouthlake.com.

LiveFit Southlake kicks off January 30 with a Health Fair

Join the City of Southlake as we kick off the LiveFit Southlake Wellness Challenge on January 30 at The Marq Southlake.

The doors will open at 10:00 am, and the fun will wind down at 1:00 pm. Bring the whole family and learn how you can take steps to ensure you meet your goal of living healthy and being fit. Local businesses and clinics will have booths sharing great tips and advice for living healthy. Baylor Regional Medical Center of Grapevine will also be providing free health screenings for everyone to enjoy.

If you have not registered for the Wellness Challenge yet, you can find it online at LiveFitSLK.com or visit the booth at the Health Fair to receive your free t-shirt and start earning points. All LiveFit Southlake events and registration are free and open to the public.

After you have registered, don’t forget to take advantage of the free month of group fitness classes during the month of February! Classes included in this deal are Zumba, Zumba Gold, Belly Dancing and Mommy and Me Yoga.