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Botsford Offers Fitness Challenges to Raise Money for THAW

Novi, MI (February 2, 2009)--- The Botsford Center for Health Improvement (BCHI) is hosting an event to help raise money for THAW, The Heat and Warmth Fund.  THAW is an independent non-profit agency that provides low-income individuals and families with emergency energy assistance and advocates for long-term solutions to energy issues.

Beginning today, BCHI members and guests will be able to submit exercise challenges for a fitness staff member of their choice for a minimum donation of $1.  The staff will then perform the challenges on Friday, February 6 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Staff members will also participate in various activities such as Limbo, sack races, crab walks, and standing long jump from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Participants will also be able to raise money through Walk for Warmth or Pedal for Power pledges.  BCHI has pledge sheets available for individuals to solicit friends, family and acquaintances for their walking or biking goal.  On Saturday, February 7, participants can stop in to BCHI to meet their goal on the facility’s treadmills or bikes.  Family and friends are invited to come out and cheer those who have pledged.  Stop by or call BCHI to pick up a pledge sheet.

In addition to the challenges and pledges, donations will be accepted.  When donations are made, names will be added to the “Wall of Fame” by the front entrance of the fitness center.

This event is in conjunction with WWJ Newsradio 950’s Sixth Annual Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW.

The Botsford Center for Health Improvement is the first medical model fitness center in Metro Detroit.  More than a health club, the Botsford Center for Health Improvement offers a complete wellness approach to all of its programs emphasizing prevention and lifestyle change.  To learn more about the Botsford Center for Health Improvement or to donate to THAW, please call (248) 473-3100 or log on to

Botsford Hospital, an independent 330-bed community teaching hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., was founded in 1965. Nationally recognized for quality, safety and medical education programs, Botsford has received the 2007 Governor’s Award for Improving Patient Safety and Quality of Care in the Hospital Setting, and, in 2007, a three-year recertification as a Chest Pain Center from the Society of Chest Pain Centers.  Botsford’s Web address is

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