Taking a note out of the playbook from many police academies and military special operations units, CrossFit Pisgah’s seasoned trainers lead small groups through a constantly rotating fitness regimen that fuses cardio work and strength training for a highly intense total body workout. Inside the no-frills gym, participants—with the encouragement of motivational instructors and other students—perform functional exercises based of off movements found in everyday life, from squats reminiscent of picking up heavy laundry baskets to weight lifts evocative of hoisting lazy husbands onto the roof to clean the gutters.
In 1991, the second year Joe Eblen had organized a golf tournament to benefit cystic-fibrosis research, he got wind of a father in crisis. The father’s daughter, a cystic-fibrosis patient, needed urgent treatment at Duke University Hospital, but he had no money to take her. Because he had insurance, he was denied any assistance, despite his financial struggles. In his desperation, he contacted Joe’s tournament organizers, who informed him that they only raised money for research. Joe knew the father needed help now, and paid the family's expenses out of his own pocket.
Recognizing an unaddressed need to aid struggling local families, Eblen organized a garage sale, raised $400, and founded Eblen Charities. The organization started out assisting 300 families and has grown rapidly to serve thousands of families across the state with more than 70 programs. It provides assistance with medical bills, energy costs, and housing aid for families experiencing crises. Eblen Charities also ensures students and teachers have enough food and supplies, and provides grants to families in immediate need.
At Any Lab Test Now, HIPAA-compliant technicians help clients take control of personal health by readily performing standard laboratory procedures such as food-allergy tests, STD tests, DNA tests, and basic checkups. Since 1992, the advanced health-care facility has made medical laboratory testing available to the general public, and it welcomes clients without appointments, health insurance, or experience in riding a giant centrifuge at a state fair. In addition to individual health tests, the staff offers employment solutions and screenings to ensure safe and drug-free workplaces. All tests at Any Lab Test Now are performed confidentially.
At O3 Health and Fitness, Keith Wimsett leads a team of certified trainers while his wife Marlena rubs down recovering muscles with therapeutic massage. Keith and his team advocate a four-tiered philosophy built around increasing strength and cardiovascular endurance while monitoring food intake and hydration. Personal trainers work with individuals or small groups to forge customized fitness plans while also eliciting sweaty smiles through group boot camps.
Doctor of Chiropractic Andrew Wells operates Wells Family Chiropractic under the Maximized Living Health Center philosophy which supports the five pillars of good living: maintaining a healthy mindset, achieving maximum nerve function, intaking proper nutrition and exercise, and minimizing ingestion of toxins. Dr. Wells can make nutritional recommendations, while patients can get hip to the latest information through health talks and workshops.
Next Step Recovery is a transitional-living program for adult males who are recovering from drug and alcohol addictions. The program combines a structured environment with traditional treatment plans—such as the 12-step program—augmented by life-skills training, case management, employment assistance, and relapse prevention. An onsite clinical-addictions specialist helps residents meet their individual needs on a regular basis and the home-like setting helps them settle in to the program, with family-style dinners to bolster their sense of well-being. Residents attend relapse-prevention and self-help groups during the evening and complete chores, school, or volunteer work during the day. They also engage in outdoor adventures every Sunday to gain new skills, get in touch with nature, and find healthy ways to fight boredom. Upon exiting the program, the residents work with professionals to reintegrate into society.