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Calgarian overcomes obesity, illness and family tragedy to redeem his life

thumbnail copy copy copy copy copy copyA few years ago, Jonathan Karpetz, 29, weighed in at more than 300 pounds.

He lost the ability to do the things he loved. It was obvious his obesity was foreclosing on his life.

Fast-forward to 2011, and Karpetz is a lean 180 lbs.

Program encourages young Calgarians to try new activities and learn about personal health

GoGirlLogoGo Girl is an annual one-day event for girls aged 10 to16 with the goal of exposing them to new forms of physical activity while educating them on aspects of personal wellness.

 Activities such as zumba, skating and synchronized swimming are explored and subjects concerning wellness, such as confidence and motivation, are discussed.

Calgarians open up about postponing having children

babywaitingstoryTHUMBAllison Wick, 31, knows what she wants — kids.

"Not until I was about 25 (years old) did I really all of a sudden figure out that I needed kids to be happy; that that was going to be part of my life," she says.

Female Calgarians getting involved in Movember fundraiser

thumbnail copy copy copy copy copyJust because you can't physically grow a moustache doesn't mean you can't enjoy one.

 The Movember fundraiser involves men growing moustaches to raise money and awareness about prostate cancer. Started in Australia in 2003, it has been growing in support and popularity every year since, but has always focused primarily on men and men's health.