The Hospital Affiliate

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Affiliation, Medical/Injuries

April 21, 2014

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Five years ago, Ken Smithmier found CrossFit. Then it found his hospital. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.

After 59-nine-year-old hospital CEO Ken Smithmier got hooked on CrossFit training, he traveled to Indianapolis, Ind., for a CrossFit Level 1 Certificate Course in April 2009.

When he got back, he called a lunch meeting with the trainers involved in Decatur Memorial Hospital’s community wellness program. He told them about CrossFit.

Soon after, CrossFit Enhance was born. The box started small, and membership was only available to hospital employees. Today, the affiliate is 5,500 square feet and open to the surrounding community. Membership for hospital employees is still free with a one-time initial fee of US$100. Non-employees pay $50 per month. As of Feb. 1, CrossFit Enhance had 483 members.

“I guarantee you … that every employee that I have in the CrossFit gym is healthier, their productivity is up, and absenteeism is down,” Smithmier said.

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Prevention or Prescription?

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Medical/Injuries, Nutrition

April 20, 2014

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Thomas Edison said, “The doctor of the future will give no medicine.” But will the medical school of the future give enough education on fitness and nutrition? Andréa Maria Cecil investigates.

With wine comes honesty. Mike Roizen knew that. So he encouraged imbibing every Wednesday night, when he would meet eight medical students to find out who the good and bad teachers were at SUNY Upstate Medical University’s College of Medicine.

But Roizen got more… Continue Reading

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Warriors on the Waves

By Andréa Maria Cecil, Dave Re and Naveen Hattis

In Athletes, LEO/Mil, Medical/Injuries

April 19, 2014

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Operation Surf takes wounded members of the military into the ocean as part of its mission to rehabilitate with recreation.

It was Sept. 25, 2008. Sgt. 1st Class Charlie C. McCall, a U.S. Military Police officer, was asleep beneath a tent surrounded by buildings in Kandahar, Afghanistan. One of his soldiers slept nearby. The rocket hit right between them.

McCall has post-traumatic stress disorder, and his left leg is almost always in pain—“crazy pain… Continue Reading

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In CrossFit, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

April 19, 2014

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Rehabilitation of wounded soldiers often includes physical training, psychological therapy, medication and more—but it isn’t always enough.

“My platoon and I, we were hit with five roadside bombs in 11 days. A few more after that,” says Bobby Lane, a retired Marine corporal. “I sustained two traumatic brain injuries, took shrapnel in my left arm and lower extremities.”

Drinking was part of Lane’s self-medication, and suicide became… Continue Reading

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CrossFit Radio Episode 326

By Justin Judkins

In Affiliation, Athletes, CrossFit Games, Radio

April 18, 2014

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On Episode 326 of CrossFit Radio, host Justin Judkins interviewed two veteran CrossFit Games athletes who qualified for the Regional round of competition in 2014. Gary Helmick placed second in the Open in the Mid Atlantic Region, and Tommy Hackenbruck took first place in the South West. This episode was webcast on April 16, 2014.

1:35 Former minor-league baseball player Gary Helmick is looking to earn a return trip to the Games after… Continue Reading

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I They Wed

By Chris Cooper

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Polygamous members of Utah CrossFit affiliate explain their controversial views on plural marriages.

One man’s sin is another man’s commandment.

Though illegal, polygamy is still practiced in Utah, Arizona and other small pockets of the United States. Driven from the public eye, plural marriages are often the subject of scorn and always under legal suspicion.

Though most polygamous groups are Mormon, they’ve been disavowed by their own church and call… Continue Reading

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