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Meltdown opens new possibilities

The Nevada County Meltdown Challenge was an event that brought hundreds of residents together for a common good. It was brilliant in its simplicity, and The Union columnist Carole Carson and her band of volunteers worked hard to ensure that the Meltdown remained “pure” every step of the way.

Because it was entirely free – thanks to the generosity of the health club owners and volunteers – there were few excuses to not be involved. It had the best of all worlds going for it: nonpartisan, inclusive, fun, informative, good for you, and free.

Together we lost 7,500 pounds (and still counting!), but what we gained as a community cannot be measured as easily. We made friends with strangers. We learned about nutrition and sports injuries. We learned that going to a health club doesn’t mean you have to be reed-thin. And we learned to laugh with each other as we went along on this odyssey together. The gains will be felt in the community long after the thrill of the losses have faded.



Let’s take a moment to pat ourselves on the back for letting the Meltdown happen and have a life of its own, and for recognizing that we can accomplish great things as a community.

Can a community that can lose 7,500 pounds without “dieting” do other things as well? Did we learn any lessons from the success of the Meltdown?




Some people have joked that Nevada County should have a “Meth-Down” to combat that growing scourge. Is that really so far-fetched? Or how about our concerns over workforce housing? Could the community meet on Tuesday nights and solve that problem?

We have shown we can act together for a greater good. Let’s be careful to not forget that. Together, we might not be able to change the world, but we’ve proven we can change ourselves.


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