Home' Nonahood News : NONA 050116 Contents Lake Nona Boot Camp was estab-
lished in 2010 by Dr. Lauren Hodges.
Lauren has been in the health, well-
ness, and fitness industry for more
than 10 years. She is an educator, writ-
er, speaker, and performance coach.
In addition to owning Lake Nona Boot
Camp, Lauren is the Director of Corpo-
rate Performance for SPECTRUM, Inc.
in Baldwin Park and owns a consult-
ing and speaking business. Addition-
ally, she is the creator of a professional
development course based on research
in corporate wellness and performance
psychology, energy management and
teacher performance in the classroom.
Lake Nona Boot Camp’s six-week
program is inspired by a holistic ap-
proach to achieving your fitness goals.
In each class, instructors are commit-
ted to tackling your fitness goals from
all angles: cardiovascular training,
lean muscle-mass building, flexibility
and core strength, and learning about
proper nutrition. You should also expect
consistent and realistic nutritional guid-
ance. They are committed to helping the
Nonahood achieve their fitness goals in
a fun, safe, and challenging environ-
ment. Whether you are just starting out
in your weight loss and fitness goals, or
you are a seasoned athlete looking for a
fun, taxing cross-training workout, they
challenge you. Let them show you what
they can do without any equipment.
Lake Nona Boot Camp has been a
pillar of fitness in our community since
their start. Their workouts have quite
the reputation. Even non-boot campers
know “the honking rule,” and the com-
munity has a lot of fun honking when
they see the campers working out and
knowing the campers will have to do 10
pushups per honk.
As with all things in the Nonahood,
Lake Nona Boot Camp has grown im-
mensely. Lake Nona Boot Camp now
has four amazing, knowledgeable and
motivating instructors who are keeping
our community in shape. Cindy Wag-
ner, Megan Stookey, Emily Durham and
Lauren are a force to be reckoned with.
This year, they decided to hold the
Lake Nona Boot Camp Games at Spring
of Life Church on Moss Park Road. The
games are a competitive workout creat-
ed to help raise funds to benefit the new.
local charity Evans Syndrome Founda-
tion, founded by the Pickens’ family.
Evans Syndrome is a very rare, autoim-
mune, chronic blood disorder where the
body creates antibodies that kill white
blood cells, red blood cells and platelets.
The Evans Syndrome Foundation hopes
to create awareness and eventually
fund research specific to better treat-
ments for Evans Syndrome.
In the days prior to the event, the
leadership of Lake Nona Boot Camp
learned that a boy in our community
was losing his battle against cancer.
They asked the players to dress in yel-
low to honor Trevor Scheerer from
North Lake Park. There is a lot of love
and support in the Nonahood for the
On April 16, the games began! They
consisted of timed stations such as sleigh
pull, car pull (yes, you read that right!),
burpees, pushups, wall sits, half-mile run,
and the dreaded plank. Participants had
to do each station for a certain amount of
time. The pressure was on!
Thanks to the following businesses
and organizations for helping make this
event happen: Orlando Apparel, Vital
Flair, Sweet Mama’s and Allgen Finan-
cial. A special thank you to Spring of
Life Church for hosting the event and to
Lake Nona Run Club for volunteering.
The event started with a prayer led
by Kevin Durham. After that, teams
were formed. There were elite and non-
elite teams. But, don’t fool yourselves,
all of these people were amazing ath-
letes. Teams went to their starting sta-
tions, and the games began. Now, re-
member, this was a competition and
Sweet Mama’s gift cards were at stake
here, therefore all athletes worked very
hard. However, it was the friendliest
environment! All the athletes put a lot
of effort in their workout and with such
grace. It was very admirable to watch
them actually compete in a positive
way. Our community just rocks!
While the parents were playing in the
games, the kids were also involved in a
safe obstacle course created just for them.
It was great to see all the families come
out to participate. The kids were even do-
ing wall sits without being prompted.
Our community is something re-
ally special – we love hard and want
to help even harder. The Nonahood
is filled with people who have huge
hearts. It took the Nonahood two hours,
lots of sweat and the best time ever to
raise $911 for the Evans Syndrome
Foundation. If you would like to make
a tax-deductible donation to the Evans
Syndrome Foundation, paypal to ev-
You can also visit them on Facebook at
For further information on Lake
Nona Boot Camp, please visit their web-
site at www.lakenonabootcamp.com
We can’t wait until the next LNBC
Who You Calling Old?! Ways To Age Healthfully
Another Example of the Nonahood Community
Helping Others in Need
UCF Health is the College of Medicine’s physi-
cian practice, offering primary and specialty
care to the community. Its newest office is lo-
cated in Lake Nona at the corner of Narcoos-
see Road and Tavistock Lakes Boulevard. Most
major insurance plans are accepted. Visit UCF-
Health.com for more information, or call
(407) 266-DOCS to schedule an appointment.
People are living longer than ever before.
Living to 100 was hardly heard of a few dec-
ades ago. But now, with modern medicine and
enhanced understanding about what contrib-
utes to a long and healthy life, more and more
people are living to 100 and beyond.
Dr. Mariana Dangiolo’s passion is making
sure that we all age as healthfully as possi-
ble. A geriatric and family medicine special-
ist at UCF Health’s Lake Nona office, her focus
is providing comprehensive primary care for
seniors’ physical, mental and spiritual well-
“You’re never too old to start a healthier
lifestyle,” she says. “And because about half of
people age 65 and older are managing mul-
tiple health conditions, such as diabetes, ar-
thritis, heart disease and high blood pressure,
making small lifestyle changes can help you
and your doctor manage many chronic conditions.”
While there is no fountain of youth, here are some
of Dr. Dangiolo’s suggestions for healthy aging:
Each day, eat a variety of simple, healthy foods.
Choose fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors.
Cut down on red meats, fats and sugar. When you
go to the market each week, pick one new vegeta-
ble to try. Avoid highly processed foods that con-
tain unhealthy fats, salts and additives. Instead,
pick foods closest to their natural state. Use herbs
and spices to add flavor; cut down on salt.
Include physical activity in your daily routine. You
don’t have to go to the gym unless you enjoy it.
Take up dancing. Go for a walk around the neigh-
borhood after dinner. Plant a garden. Play with
your pets and children. The goal – stay moving.
Physical activity increases blood flow, and be-
cause so much blood flows to the brain, exercise
is a good option for seniors worried about loss of
Do the things that you love. Joyfulness is conta-
gious and keeps your motivation alive and your
life engaged. Discover a new hobby. Volunteer and
serve your community. Travel to new places, make
new friends. Strong social activities and support
Keep your mind active. Learn something new.
Read, do puzzles. An active brain is a healthy
As you work to improve and maintain your health,
be sure your physician is part of your team. If you are
seeing multiple physicians, be sure you have a strong
primary care provider who can coordinate your care.
Dr. Dangiolo said, “It’s important for a geriatric special-
ist to conduct a prescription audit to determine all of a
patient’s medications and see if drugs are inter-
acting or causing harmful side effects. Audits
can often reduce the number of pills you take,”
she said, “and can help your physician give ad-
vice on conditions such as dehydration that are
some medications cause as patients age.”
Communication is key whenever you’re
visiting the doctor but especially for seniors.
Dr. Dangiolo, who is fluent in English, Span-
ish, Italian and French, also works with family
members and other caregivers. And she be-
lieves it’s important for geriatricians to spend
time understanding how physical issues, like
memory loss and balance issues, are impacting
the patient’s life and also to work with families
to navigate care.
“I take an interdisciplinary approach to car-
ing for my seniors,” Dr. Dangiolo said. “Many of
my patients see their rheumatologist or cardi-
ologist at UCF Health in the same office as mine. That
enhances communication and teamwork between doc-
tors, and results in better care for our patient.”
20 MAY 2016
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