Health and wellness

Early Morning Swim

No one seems to remember exactly when they started, but there is a group of individuals who swim together bright and early each morning at Auburn University called the Early Morning Swimmers.  This group races the sun to the Auburn University Aquatics Center and...

Pickleball: Opelika’s Growing Sport

Pickleball is quickly gaining recognition in the U.S. and overseas. For those who are unfamiliar with the game, pickleball is not something you find next to gherkins or kosher dill in the grocery store. It’s a paddle sport that draws comparisons to badminton, tennis...

Rowing with the punches

Whether it’s cold and raining or it’s hot as Hades, the Auburn Rowing Club is in the water. For years, it has competed regularly and on schedule.  The Auburn Rowing Club competed and medaled in a race called the Head of the Hooch in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in...

Sports For All

Lee County’s Special Olympics program was created to ensure that individuals with cognitive disabilities have a chance to participate in athletic events. “There’s opportunities usually for everybody and it’s a chance to gain physical skills, gain hand-eye...
Pandemic Workouts

Pandemic Workouts

When you workout, you increase your serotonin levels, you lower your risk of diseases and chronic conditions and your can bump up your mood.  Working out, however, in a crowded gym may not be your cup of tea during this pandemic. But don’t give up on your health...

Life As A Respiratory Therapist

Life As A Respiratory Therapist

One compassionate healthcare professional at the East Alabama Medical Center understands what it means to persevere during trying times. This January, Tracy Hamby is celebrating her 17th anniversary as a registered respiratory therapist with EAMC, all while the world...

A Different gear

A Different gear

For those local to Auburn and the Lee County area, Chewacla State Park is a special piece of land. Labelled as the last foothill of the Appalachians, Chewacla transports its visitors from the grassy Plains of Auburn to a vast, rocky and natural landscape that...

Trail Magic

Trail Magic

Can you imagine strapping on 25-pound pack, lacing up a pair of hiking boots and heading into the woods for a six-month trip — all without ever having gone backpacking before?  That’s what Jessica Mills did for her first backpacking experience; she fulfilled a...

Changing With The Trends

Changing With The Trends

The Opelika SportsPlex and Aquatics Center offers something for everyone, regardless of age and fitness or recreation goal. The SportsPlex offers its members access to the Cal James Sr. Weight Room, an indoor cycling studio, the splash park, the Charter Foundation...

The Unexpectedly, Challenging Workout

The Unexpectedly, Challenging Workout

Ashley Caldwell took a chance, a risk and tried something new, and it completely changed her life. Back in 2014, Caldwell was a general manager working in retail, looking for a way to mix things up. She started selling jewelry online, working out of her home and...

A “piece of the healthcare puzzle”

A “piece of the healthcare puzzle”

A local family business rooted in the highest quality care, Cornerstone Family Chiropractic was established in 2010 by Dr. Russell Herring and his wife Kathryn Herring, who opened the business with an outreach.  With a passion for the health of the Auburn...

Aspire Health — A Childhood Dream

Aspire Health — A Childhood Dream

Story By Morgan Bryce and Hannah LesterPhotos By Robert Noles  Dr. Viengxay Malavong wasn’t going to let anything stop him from pursuing his dream of changing lives with medicine. Now, he runs Aspire Integrative Health in Opelika.  Born in Laos, Malavong’s...