By Erin McKenney
Meet Colleen Chapdelaine, a registered nurse, health and fitness consultant, wife, mother of three boys, and an avid runner. “Often my health and fitness clients tell me they feel like they don’t have time to exercise or that they just can’t. Honestly, just 10-15 minutes a day can be beneficial physically and mentally. Everyone should be able to find 10-15 minutes in their day to improve their health and well-being.”
Colleen worked with a 95-year-old client. She shares, “He used a walker and came in to ride a cycle bike.” HE CAN. She adds, “Last year my mom crossed the finish line of the St. Joseph Hospital’s Commit to Get Fit 5K at 85 years young.” SHE CAN.
For Colleen staying fit is something that runs in the family. “When my boys were young, I’d take them to the local track. They’d play on the field while I ran. Over time they started running with me. Now in their 20s, we get together to race in 5Ks, 10 milers or half marathons.”
According to Colleen, the community is one of the best parts of being a runner. She shares, “The beautiful trails around greater Nashua – including Mines Falls State Park – bring people of all ages together and friendships begin. At races like Commit to Get Fit, the community comes together to support a meaningful cause.”
Community is also important to Colleen’s husband, Jeff, who for 25 years has worked at Nashua Radiology, a proud sponsor of Commit to Get Fit. Jeff shares, “Nashua Radiology has been an proud partner of St. Joseph Hospital for 40 years. We’re happy to sponsor this and other community events that encourage improving health and wellness.”
It starts with you coming together with the community and committing to honoring your body. Please join Colleen, Jeff and their family at this year’s Commit to Get Fit on Saturday, September 17, at Mine Falls State Park. All proceeds will support Cancer Care.
Registration is open now at stjosephhospital.com/commit. Don’t delay putting your health first.