The McLeods: AL!VE

The McLeodsThree generations of the McLeod family have experiences the integrated array of health and wellness services offered at AL!VE since it opened in November 2011. They are frequent visitors and you can find them taking advantage of the many spaces throughout the health park that help them feel most 鈥淎L!VE.鈥

Retirees and HGB donors, Kathy and Scott McLeod were originally members of HGB鈥檚 Wellness Center when their daughter, Lindsay Blair, bought them a three-month membership in 2000. When the Wellness Center became MOVE at AL!VE they made the switch to the new location.

鈥淗ad it not been for Lindsay鈥檚 foresight and enthusiasm, we may never have discovered the benefits of the Wellness Center, and then AL!VE,鈥 Kathy said.

Kathy and her family, which also includes Lindsay鈥檚 husband, Bill, and grandsons: Brady, 5, and Jordan, 2, all benefit from AL!VE. Two of the spaces they use most often are MOVE and GROW, the children鈥檚 enrichment and recreational area 鈥 and Brady and Jordan鈥檚 favorite spot at AL!VE.

鈥淚 like the slide,鈥 exclaimed Brady. 鈥淚 go down it eight times 鈥 no 100 times when I鈥檓 in GROW!鈥 The slide is part of the four-story tree house in one of the play spaces in GROW.

Kathy also uses JOURNEY for her women鈥檚 health appointments, and has enjoyed classes in RELISH, the demonstration teaching kitchen. Scott attends the Guys, Grilling and Golf men鈥檚 health event in June, and the entire family has participated in HGB鈥檚 annual HealthFest activities.

鈥淎L!VE is multidimensional,鈥 Lindsay said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 not just for one type of person. It would be hard not to find something, an interest that couldn鈥檛 be fulfilled.鈥

When asked about what they feel they have gained by being part of AL!VE, the McLeods and Blairs agreed it鈥檚 about health and family and community.

鈥淚 think many people have that 鈥榓ha鈥 moment when they realize they need to start doing more,鈥 Kathy said. 鈥淪cott and I both lost parents, and we decided we needed to start taking better care of ourselves. We want to be around for many more years to come. Plus we need to be able to keep up with our grandchildren!鈥

Scott added, 鈥淧lus the activities are things we can all do together 鈥 it鈥檚 brought us closer.鈥

Scott also mentioned that the AL!VE team members are part of that family atmosphere as well. 鈥淭hey are tremendous 鈥 friendly and helpful. We have great relationships with them too; they are people you want to have around.鈥

The McLeods and Blairs plan to continue to make the most of AL!VE鈥檚 programs and services for many more years.

鈥淚t鈥檚 about healthy habits and creating a way of life,鈥 Lindsay said. 鈥淎L!VE offers many different options so you can鈥檛 get stuck with the same routines 鈥 it鈥檚 refreshing.鈥

鈥淚t鈥檚 unusual for a community the size of Charlotte to have a facility like this,鈥 Scott said. 鈥淏ut Charlotte has a lot of assets: the hospital, Charlotte Performing Arts Center, the schools. AL!VE is the icing on the cake.鈥