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  • Body Zone Sports & Wellness Complex helped raise almost $70,000 for two charities: the Make-A-Wish Foundation and Easter Seals of Eastern Pennsylvania. The club worked with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and a local radio station on a wellness challenge that raised $34,000 to help a 7-year-old boy fulfill his dream of swimming with dolphins. Body Zone also hosted the 17th annual Easter Seals Office Olympics in May, raising almost $34,000 from entrance fees, title sponsorships, event sponsors and signage.

  • Jim Worthington, owner of the Newtown Athletic Club (NAC) in Bucks County, PA, was awarded the 2005 Business/Education Award from the Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce (LBCCC). Worthington was honored for being the inspiration for or instrumental in such programs as the NAC Special Needs Summer Camp, hundreds of employment opportunities for local youth, the NAC Scholarship Fund for a Student Employee, an internship program and strong community service involvement.

  • Walk4Life introduced two new programs — WalkSmart! America and the new family packs. WalkSmart! America is a Web-based walking program. The family pack, which is designed to motivate the whole family to be active together, offers different colored pedometers for the whole family, 12-week log books, reflective shoe laces, incentive tokens and more. Visit for more information.

  • The National Swimming Pool Foundation® will introduce Guia para el Certified Pool-Spa Operator®, the Spanish translation of the Certified Pool-Spa Operator®Handbook, at the World Aquatic Health Conference from Sept. 19-21 in City of Industry, CA.

  • More than half of the Californians enrolled in HMOs in the state are overweight or obese, according to a new policy brief released by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Overweight and obesity adds about $7.7 billion to medical care costs in California each year, according to the center.

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