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Gilbert, Banner make toast to fitness this new year

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Posted: Monday, December 31, 2007 11:51 pm | Updated: 6:18 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Kathy Langdon, president and CEO of Gilbert’s Chamber of Commerce, is known for her unusual chair: a round exercise ball.

Langdon and the chamber staff have successfully integrated exercise and sensible eating into their everyday regimen during the last two years — even when they have to eat out or attend meetings throughout the day.

With the arrival of the new year, the Gilbert Chamber of Commerce will host its second health summit, sponsored this year by Banner Gateway Medical Center, to help area residents learn to integrate similar healthy routines into their days — and make New Year’s resolutions to be healthier stick.

“We think that’s really one of our roles in the community, to promote good health,” said Susan Gordon, spokeswoman for Banner Gateway. “Both to the general community, as well as the business community.”

Banner Gateway Medical Center is sponsoring the 2008 Annual Health Summit as a way to help area residents kick-start their New Year’s resolutions.

The free event takes place 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Road, at Greenfield and Guadalupe roads.

The event will feature interactive screenings by a variety of health care experts. Nutrition specialists, exercise and personal trainers will also be available to supply information. Tips to combat fatigue and stress will also be provided.

Experts will be available to screen or provide information on topics such as dental issues, glaucoma and cataracts, respiratory illnesses, chiropractic care, the pulmonary system, depression screening, oncology and Alzheimer’s disease.

The event is free, but guests can learn from Banner Gateway’s chef how to make healthy dishes as part of a lunch program.

The lunch will cost $20 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers, and will also include a panel of hospital experts to answer questions about health care topics.

“There will be a lot of resources available for people on a variety of different topics,” Gordon said. “And to learn about healthy eating.”

Gilbert Mayor Steve Berman said Monday that he was still mulling over his own resolutions — but that having resolutions to be more healthy is a good way to review current lifestyles.

“It causes all of us to be introspective about the things we probably need to do better,” Berman said. “And recognizing that we need to do it better is a nice start.”

For more information or to reserve a seat, call (480) 892-0056 or visit

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