“Coach Cathy” Buchanan obtained her RN, BSN in 1982 with her area of specialty in pediatrics, school health & sports injury. Coach Cathy spent 12 years as a School Nurse (8 in Long Beach Unified District & 4 with the Olympia School District. She is also a Credentialed Health Teacher K-12 & High School Volleyball Coach.

Coach Cathy learned about the Body by Vi Health Challenge in June 2011. Through her experience, the results she obtained & after reading the book, “Winning the Food Fight,” by Pastor Steve Willis, Cathy felt lead to bring “The Challenge” to her small community of Shelton. Pastor Steve is from Huntington, WV; where in 2008 they were identified by the CDC as the fattest, most unhealthiest city in America. His book talks about the journey before and after the CDC made that claim and how his church took on the challenge of living a healthier lifestyle. It’s a powerful book that cuts to the core of believer’s everywhere. We are God’s temple, but don’t often address the sin of over eating, lack of self-control…because it’s a private battle, yet it is very visual to others. You won’t often hear a Pastor share from the pulpit the sin of gluttony. It’s just that sensitive. But with these statistics, we must!

FACT: 67% of Americans today are considered overweight or obese. Approximately 17% (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2—19 years are obese. Obese children are more likely to become obese adults. Adult obesity is associated with a number of serious health conditions including heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers. If children are overweight, obesity in adulthood is likely to be more severe. (The Center for Disease Control, CDC)

Coach Cathy shares, “God used both my experience and Pastor Steve’s book to lay on my heart the health needs of my own community. For 17 years I lived in West Olympia, then God did what only He can do and brought me out to the country. I absolutely love this community and have a great desire to walk alongside others to bring a focus of good health and nutrition here. This is not about me and I know I’m not the first to focus on these goals.”

“The Shelton Challenge” is a community based health and fitness platform centered on Nutrition, Fitness, Competition & Accountability established to change those statistics. It is flexible enough for anyone to participate. This is not a diet, but a lifestyle change of creating healthy habits to last a life time.

The goal is touching every area in our community: business, civic, government, schools (public & private), churches, tribes, law enforcement, families and individuals, being active & focusing on healthy eating to help change the lives of individuals & families for generations to come ~ a living legacy.

The Shelton Challenge will take an entire village to help bring about change and support. Especially with our focus on giving back and paying it forward.

Help us in our efforts to support the Saints’ Pantry, a 30 year old institution that works toward ending hunger in our community. They provide food without prejudice or requirements. They truly are Jesus’ hands & feet.

The ViSalus Community Challenge in cooperation with area churches, businesses and individuals, we will be able to provide high quality protein to families in need. To learn more about the “Community Challenge” click here.

To contact Coach Cathy, simply message her on facebook @ http://facebook.com/CathyBuchanan

We are looking for Business/Corporate Sponsors as well as individual’s with a heart for helping raise money for The Saints’ Pantry to provide for children in our community who would otherwise go without adequate nutrition.


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