It's Time to Go PINK
 Pink Out Putnam (POP), the month-long event promoting breast cancer awareness in Putnam County is underway. Putnam Health & Fitness Center has several ways that you can help make POP a success.

  • Get Flocked then Flock your neighborhood – Cover the County with pink flamingos! Get one flamingo for a $10 donation. $18 will get you two flamingos and a $25 donation gets you three flamingos. Get a little friendly competition among your friends to see who can be Flocked the most. Flamingos are available at PHFC.

  • Get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a handmade, one-of-a-kind POP Wreath. Raffle tickets are available at PHFC for $2 each or 3 for $5. The drawing will take place at the end of the POP Festival October 20th.

  • PHFC is also selling POP T-shirts, magnets, tote bags, necklaces, and much more. Of course, financial donations are accepted as well.

  • Participate in the 5K Fun Run/Walk at the Crescent City Woman’s Club on Saturday, October 20th. At press time, PHFC had 10 runners/walkers registered and had extended a challenge to other organizations in the area to meet our numbers. Registration for the 5K is $15 in advance (T-shirt included); $20 day of run/walk. To sign up for the POP 5K Fun Run/Walk, click here to download the registration form and bring it to PHFC. For additional information about the 5K, contact the Putnam Health and Fitness Center at 386-649-8784.

POP items sold at PHFC can only be purchased by cash or check. All money raised will be donated to the Putnam First Cancer Fund to assist residents of Putnam County who have been diagnosed with cancer or who may need further diagnostic testing to determine the presence of cancer.
Get Flocked then Flock your neighborhood. Cover the County with pink flamingos
Our newest staff member, Linda Lanham displays the raffle prize POP Wreath made by member Barbara Dionne.
Feeding the Raiders
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Putnam Health & Fitness Center served the all-important pregame dinner for the Crescent City High School Varsity Football Team. PHFC gave away 3 one week passes and a one month pass via a drawing.

Several PHFC members contributed money and food to feed the hungry team and coaches. The hearty meal was served by our own PHFC team of members including Rachel Hines, Marie Reynolds, Mary Smith, John Winkler and Rhonda and Brian Walsh.

PHFC is feeding the CCHS Junior Varsity Football Team at CCHS on Thursday, October 11th. Call Rhonda Walsh ( 386-649-8784 ) if you can provide food or help serve.
Diabetes Prevention Program
Five people attended the first session of the diabetes prevention program and everyone came away extremely pleased. Those attending shared their experience with others and the program is expected to grow because of those positive observations.

You can still join by showing up at 11:00 AM on Monday, October 8 th or Monday, October 15 th . The program will be closed to new members after October 15 th .
 
Each person attending the Diabetes Prevention Program will receive free educational materials to help their skills of managing and controlling their diabetes.

If you are 45 years of age or over, have a family history of type 2 diabetes, are overweight, are not physically active, or had gestational diabetes, make a commitment to your health by signing up for the Diabetes Prevention Program

For more information call Wendy Lynch at 386-329-0318 or visit: http://putnam.floridahealth.gov/programs-and-services/index.html
To download the Beat Diabetes flyer, click here.
To download the program schedule for PHFC, click here.
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, has delivered 157 million shoeboxes to boys and girls around the world. We praise God for so many children whose lives have been transformed because of a simple gift.

Since 1993, Samaritan’s purse has partnered with local churches around the world to deliver 157 million  Operation Christmas Child  shoebox gifts to children in need in 160 countries. Each one—packed full of fun toys, school supplies, and hygiene items by a family or individual—is sent with prayer that the child who receives it will experience God’s love through their simple gifts.

You can help bring joy to the heart of a child this Christmas by donating toys and other small gifts. Putnam Health & Fitness Center, in cooperation with South Putnam Church, is a collection point for items to go into the shoeboxes. PHFC will be accepting toys and other small gifts as well as monetary donations through November 10 th . Need ideas for your Shoebox Gift? … click here .

South Putnam Church is hosting an Operation Christmas Child Worship Rally Saturday, October 13 th at 6:00 PM. Guest Speaker, Elizabeth Henry will share her powerful story of how a shoebox gift changed a child's life. For more information about the Rally and Elizabeth Henry’s personal experience with Operation Christmas Child, click here.
Group Exercise Schedule - Click Here
Art, Crafts & Stuff Sale
The 4th Annual Art, Crafts & Stuff Sale will be 8:00 AM to Noon November 3rd at the Putnam Health & Fitness Center. November 3rd is the same date as Pomona Park’s Everybody's Having a Garage Sale. All proceeds go to PHFC. 

If you’re an artist or do crafts, we would love to have you sell your wares during the Sale.
At press time, there are four vendors who have registered. Preregistration is required as spaces are limited. Spaces are $10 for non-members and $5 for members. Set up will be on Friday, between Noon and 2:00 PM. If you want to sell your crafts, please contact PHFC NOW. Vendors must provide their own tables.

Please consider donating any good, used items that you no longer need. We accept gently used household items: dishes, glasses, small appliances, linens, knickknacks, etc.  We will not accept large furniture, clothing, large appliances, non-working appliances, books or dated technology. We do not have storage space for furniture and appliances regardless of their condition.

If you have any questions about what are 'acceptable' items or if you wish to reserve a sales space, please call PHFC - 386-649-8784
PHFC Fish Fry
When: Saturday November 17
Time: 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Where: The Griffin's House
1738 South Highway 17
Pomona Park
Food: Fried Fish, 2 Sides, Hush Puppies, Desert, Beverage
Donation: $10

We need 12 volunteer servers to hand-out the platters. Baked Beans, Green Beans and deserts (no cup cakes) are also needed to make the Fish Fry a financial success for PHFC.

If you want to volunteer or prepare sides or deserts, please contact Rhonda Walsh at 386-649-8784. 
Needed ... Instructors and Trainers
PHFC is actively seeking group exercise instructors for all protocols and class formats and personal trainers.

We are interested in talking with male and female instructors and personal trainers that are certified or those interested in becoming certified. Many of the certification programs can be obtained through online study and our existing instructors are available to mentor candidates through the process. 
 
If you have an interest or a referral, please contact Rhonda Walsh at 386-649-8784.   
Goings On at PHFC
Thank you for your service June
After 8-years, June Dryburg has decided to follow her passion, working with animals. PHFC thanks June for her dedication and wishes her well in her new journey.  

Thank you also Elaine Morey
Thanks go out to Elaine Morey for coming out of retirement and teaching SilverSneakers classes in Brenda Fletcher's absence. 

Blood Pressure Screening
Provided by Azalea Health
Free Screening performed 9:00 - 11:00 AM the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.

Pink Out Putnam 5K Run/Walk
Saturday, October 20th - Crescent City - Details to come

Arts, Crafts & Stuff Sale
Saturday, November 3rd - 8:00 AM to Noon - Putnam Health & Fitness Center

PHFC Fish Fry hosted by Jim & Shirley Griffin
Saturday, November 17th - Details to come

Mark Your Calendar
PHFC will close at Noon November 12, 2018 in observance of Veterans Day
PHFC will be closed Thanksgiving Day, November 23, 2018

Putnam Classic Bodybuilding Competition - Saturday, March 30, 2019
6 Cooking Mistakes That Cause Weight Gain
Last year, researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health struck a blow for the health benefits of home cooking. In a study, they found that meals cooked at home contain less fat, less carbohydrates and less sugar than restaurant fare.
While studies show that homemade is generally best, there are some common cooking mistakes that can turn a healthy made-with-love meal into a calorie bomb. Read on to learn which ones—and how you can avoid a costly (in calories) kitchen disaster:
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Putnam Health & Fitness Center
213 Perry St.,
Pomona Park, FL 32181
386-649-8784