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The best is yet to come!

From the first day, the Nevada County Meltdown took on a life of its own. So no one should be surprised that instead of ending, the program is moving into its second phase.

Although the format changes, the purpose remains the same – to have fun with our friends while getting fit. Exercise isn’t a chore, but playful and recreational. Eating is more conscious and healthful. With no specific destination – no “there” out there – we are enjoying a journey spent discovering what works for us. Setting and reaching a marker – the first 8,000 pounds lost – provides focus and an opportunity to celebrate before we go to the next goal.

The last event of Phase I on Tuesday, Feb. 24, allowed us to acknowledge our individual, team and collective achievements and to give a big thanks to the people who contributed so much to the initial effort. Fitness center owners, presenters, prize donors, event organizers, volunteer office staff, the 3R School kids, the high school quartet, service clubs – the list of people to thank is too long to include in this column. But from everyone who benefited from the first phase of the Meltdown, accept our heartfelt thanks for your gifts.



Tuesday’s celebration was satisfying and fun – especially the school bus that rolled through the open doors with music and lights blaring. And the presence of the media (four television networks with one, Channel 31, broadcasting live, and several newspaper reporters and photographers) suggests they think we are doing something significant.

But the best is yet to come. Just as I served as a catalyst for change for some of you, now our county is becoming a catalyst for other communities throughout the nation.




Last Wednesday morning, broadcasting live on CBS’ “Early Show” and NBC’s “Today” show, we challenged other communities to match or improve on our record. We offered to put 1,000 of Nevada County’s finest up against another team anywhere in the country. So far, over a dozen people, all the way from New York to California, have responded. But until we’re dethroned, we’re the undisputed “Fittest Little County in the Nation.” Isn’t this fun?

Know & Go

What: Next Meltdown Meeting

Who: Team Captains

Also, Participants Wanting to Join or Re-form Teams

When: Tuesday, March 2, 2004 at 7 p.m.

What: Meltdown — Phase II Brainstorming Session

Creative Planning Workgroup

Where: Grass Valley United Methodist Church

236 S. Church Street, Wesley Hall

Parking in Front or Rear

Questions: meltdownusa@earthlink.net

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Carole Carson is a fitness and nutrition advocate from Nevada City. E-mail her at beltink@jps.net or write her at The Union, 464 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, 95945.


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