Jennifer Brookland

Fit4Mom Group Offers Community for Local Mothers Looking to Build Healthier Lifestyles

If there’s one thing new moms need, it’s a sense of community. So Rachel Burton was especially sad to leave Chatham County with her two little boys just when she’d discovered a wonderful group of active mothers through national fitness franchise FIT4MOM. A former competitive swimmer who’d studied nutrition in college, she had the knowledge …

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Local Runner Finds Peace in Long-Distance Races After Losing Son to Leukemia

Ed Getka had already conquered more than 30 marathons and triathlons by his late twenties. So he figured he could ignore the feeling of something giving out in his leg one day at a cross-country race and kept training. The excruciating pain that followed turned out to be chronic Achilles tendonitis, and for nearly two …

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Sylvia Hatchell Funds Fitness For UNC Cancer Patients

Even though UNC basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell was in great shape in 2013 when she started treatment for acute myeloid leukemia at UNC’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, the weeks of chemotherapy were brutal. Nevertheless, she forced herself to do something physical almost every day: lifting free weights, using resistance bands from bed or taking the …

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