Since its founding five years ago, All Border Collie Rescue has managed to save hundreds of abused, unwanted, and abandoned dogs throughout Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and other neighboring states. A team of volunteers gives each rescued border collie the medical attention and TLC it needs and deserves, including treatment for heartworm as well as spaying or neutering. Since the very first day, the goal has been to place each animal with a family who will love it and treat it humanely. In 2012 alone, the rescue took in 333 border collies—and found adopters for most of them.
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The team at Pure Balance takes a holistic approach to wellness, bettering bodies with chiropractic, yoga, and Pilates treatments. Laurie, a certified yoga instructor, twists students into exhilarating and liberating shapes during Hatha and Yin yoga classes. Patti handles Pure Balance's deep-tissue, Swedish, and Thai yoga massages, expelling aches and pains from uncomfortable muscles. Dr. Amy Nong, who graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Chiropractic College, customizes treatment plans to each client, mixing chiropractic, nutrition, rehabilitation, and wellness practices with good old-fashioned advice to stop sleeping underneath concrete slabs. Rounded out by Kathy Nong, a Texas A&M grad with a bachelor of science in food science, Pure Balance's staff also offers spinal decompression and weight-loss counseling.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
When Southwest Houston Adventure Boot Camp’s owner and head trainer, Stacy Agee, chose her team of certified personal trainers, she knew she would need a deep bench. As a former college and semipro basketball player and a two-time MVP on the Houston Energy women’s football team, she understood the value in building a team with diverse skill sets that play to the strengths of the others. To that end, she recruited Kim, a veterinarian turned certified trainer and rehab specialist; Darrin, a father, marathon and triathlon runner, and boxing instructor; June, a yogi and tai chi practitioner; and TJ, a trainer with a love of plyometrics.
These coaches draw from specialized backgrounds in personal training, Pilates and yoga instruction, massage, and mixed martial arts to design a range of workouts that change constantly, much like every encyclopedia once time travel is invented. In each of their four-week outdoor fitness programs, comprised of 20 one-hour sessions scheduled for early morning, mid-morning, or evening, they train participants of all genders, ages, and fitness levels. They foster a noncompetitive, support group atmosphere with a personal training feel.
Pre-race activities and number assignments begin at 6 a.m., with the pavement-pounding commencing at 8 (8:10 for walkers—strollers welcome). The pack heads out from the Stafford Centre. Partake in a springtime run or stroll while helping women find the same health you currently enjoy, then relax at the fantastic after-party. You can also visit the Total Body Expo at the Stafford Centre, where a percentage of all booth sales also benefit Pink Door.
Founded in 1893, Sheltering Arms Senior Services has devoted more than a century to providing Houston’s elderly population with care, advocacy, and community support. Despite its long history, the nonprofit organization is only looking forward. Between 2011 and 2012, it provided seniors with 128,658 hours of personal-care assistance—including meal preparation and housekeeping—and fed 2,182 seniors a nutritious meal. And their specially designed Adult Day Center, which provides top-notch care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Factor in the organization's more than 20 Houston-area senior centers, where staffers offer recreational activities, health education, and legal advocacy, and it is clear that Sheltering Arms is only building upon its 120-year foundation.
Sheltering Arms' mission begins with its committed corps of staff members and volunteers. Certified nurses’ aides customize and implement home-care plans that include light housekeeping, meal prep, and medication reminders. Social workers advocate for members at risk of being institutionalized by managing their financial and health casework. Volunteers make daily safety checks on seniors who are living alone and organize arts-and-crafts classes, game nights, and dances.