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Residents Battle It Out In Local Gyms

The Battle heats up with the halfway weigh in just around the corner.

The South County Battle of the Gyms is well underway and approaching the halfway point. Contestants from local cities and towns meet weekly, and in some cases daily, to train and learn to be a healthy, happier group of people.

Local contestants are pumped up and feeling good, not only about getting healthier but knowing they are doing a better good for the community. 

The community is filled with people who are affected by the economy as well as that awful “C” word, Cancer, and could use a glimmer of hope, just by knowing that there are people who do care and are willing to lend a helping hand, people keep up the good fight.

The South County Battle of the Gyms contest encourages local residents to join in the effort to stop hunger and fight cancer as well.

and have stepped up and put their “best” to work in training thirty contestants in an effort to raise community awareness for a healthy living lifestyle as well as lending a helping hand to local non-profit groups.

The American Cancer Society is holding the 27th annual on June 10th through the 11th, and this year an event is being held at Old Mountain Field. located in the center of Wakefield, this is also the place where where the Battle of the Gyms contestants will hold their final weigh-ins.

Contestants are also encouraged to become a team member for Relay For Life, Battle of the Gyms Team and by doing so are also helping in the fight against hunger.

This year the event donations in the form of canned goods will benefit The and of Peace Dale. The Relay For Life is accepting donations of canned good to be used for the Luminary Bags - afterwards the goods will be delivered to families in need.

During signups for South County Battle of the Gyms at Bagelz in Wakefield, contestant Grace Wheelan walked through the door aiming to participate. Wheelan is a nine-year Cancer Survivor tells her story of Survivorship.

“First and foremost I am grateful for being alive after going through two surgeries, four chemotherapies and thirty radiation treatments,” Wheelan said when she joined.

Wheelan and her family have been involved with The American Cancer Society for over fifty years, that support began when her sister passed away at the age of fourteen from Leukemia.

Come join South Kingstown Patch and learn her story follow the Battle of the Gyms. This weekend is the Half-Way Weigh-In, see who’s who and done what.

If you are interested in joining the fight against Cancer and Hunger join the members of the Battle Of the Gyms on June 10 and 11. 

Tracey O'Neill May 06, 2011 at 02:33 AM
Way to go ladies and gents!
Karen Engstrume May 06, 2011 at 01:49 PM
I now know "Exercise is not evil". I go Riverbend three times per week. I am feeling so good I may begin going four times per week. I feel stronger and I am well on my way to a healthier lifestyle. The staff at Riverbend could not be more supportive and encouraging. Kudos to Lisa, Eric, Rosa and many others who push me to keep trying. Go Riverbend team!
Sharon Valliere May 06, 2011 at 02:24 PM
SO you are looking at the utlimate before picture ! I have said for years I am going to excercise ! Well thank you Lisa for having a vision! For the first time in my life I am losing weight!! I am so thankful and happy with myself and all of the people at Riverbend for leading me in this Journey! Please donate to the Relay for Life we all know someone who life has been challenged by cancer. The advances they are making by our donations are amazing! Stay tuned for the astonishing after pictures to come June 11! Thanks everyone ! Sharon Valliere
helen silvestri May 12, 2011 at 01:17 PM
My team is Sports Performance and they are great. All around fitness and better nutrition is what it's all about. I have gotten stronger and have more stamina. Thank you to Kyle, Pat and Steve for really pushing us and for taking the time to help us as individuals in our needs. Great Job you guys. PS. Can't forget Danica she shows no mercy:) Helen Silvestri
Harrison Hazard May 19, 2011 at 01:39 PM
Harry Hazard I'm a member of the River Bend Team and would like to thank Kim, Lisa, Glen and Ilene for providing this wonderful opportunity. I had been workingout at home on a regular basis and thought I was in good shape until I started going to the gym at least least 3 times per week, cardio and weight training. What I have come to realize is that to really push myself I need options in equipment and training programs. River Bend has provided these choices and as a result I have lost 14 pounds, gained musle and my enrgy level has increased. My goal was to win the contest but now I realize that I have already won. Thanks again to the River Bend Staff and Lisa R. You guys rock!!!!
Lisa M. Riordan June 02, 2011 at 07:55 PM
You Guys Rock...Keep Up The Great Work! See You At Final Weigh-In!
dawn June 22, 2011 at 01:04 PM
Final weigh-in was on June 11th! Mission accomplished! Congrats to all participants. Now if we could just get some results!

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