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Living well in Loudoun County

Ashby Ponds’ focus on health and wellness reaps benefits

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June 27th, 2017
Despite a rainy start, Ashby Ponds community members head out for Live Well Loudoun’s one-mile fun run/walk.

Despite a rainy start, Ashby Ponds community members head out for Live Well Loudoun’s one-mile fun run/walk.

Seated in Loudoun County, the healthiest county in Virginia according to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Ashby Ponds recently participated as one of three gold sponsors in the inaugural Live Well Loudoun Festival at Uptown One Loudoun.

“Live Well Loudoun reinforces Ashby Ponds’ focus on health and wellness,” says community member Pat Lund. “As chair of the Resident Advisory Council, I support our committee on resident health and wellness, which I [founded] in 2012.”

Pat and numerous community members and staff donated their time, talent, and enthusiasm to the event by sponsoring a guest tent, providing entertainment, and participating in the one-mile fun run/walk.

Living healthier lives

The goal of Live Well Loudoun, according to event organizers, was to “encourage residents to be their best selves by eating well, exercising smart, working well, giving well, living green, looking their best, and playing hard.” All donations collected at the festival entrance, as well as all profits from the beer and wine garden, were donated to Loudoun Cares to support its many programs.

As the largest continuing care community in Loudoun County, Ashby Ponds hosted a visitor’s tent with face painting, raffle items, and most importantly, the opportunity to talk to residents and staff about life at the community, located only minutes from One Loudoun. 

“I believe the future of our retirement communities will be dependent on health and wellness,” says Pat. “It is important for Ashby Ponds to be visible as a major employer and promoter of a premier healthy lifestyle for all.”

Pat’s neighbor Carol Walton agrees.

“It was very appropriate for Ashby Ponds to participate in the Live Well Festival to get the word out to the local community about Ashby Ponds and the strong emphasis that is put on wellness,” she says.

Representatives from the various departments throughout Ashby Ponds attended the event, from transportation services to human and community resources. Setting up inside a large tent, they answered questions about community life and shared information about the ongoing construction of the newest residence buildings, including the soon-to-open Cherry Blossom Square. 

Staff members provided healthy snacks to guests and offered face painting to the many children attending the event.  

 “Healthy living is a cornerstone of the Erickson Living philosophy,” says Ashby Ponds Director of Sales Holly Henderson. “Our residents enjoy daily access to healthy, nutritious meals; a state-of-the-art fitness center staffed with a professional wellness staff; and numerous clubs and activities that encourage an active lifestyle. Live Well Loudoun was a wonderful opportunity to share our lifestyle with the local community while, at the same time, experiencing the healthy options available to us as members of the Loudoun County community.”

That’s entertainment

Throughout the day, Ashby Ponds community members enjoyed sharing their talents in a variety of ways. Representing the community’s sign language group, Ann West performed the National Anthem in American Sign Language as it was sung by members of Loudoun County High School.

In addition, almost 30 Ashby Ponds community members participated in the one-mile fun run/walk, and musicians Thomas Riley and Wes Kriebel performed on the main stage. Members of the Ashby Ponds woodworking club donated cornhole boards for guests to enjoy. A shuttle between Ashby Ponds and One Loudoun transported residents to and from the event throughout the day.

“Participating in Live Well Loudoun was the opportunity to share this wonderful place where we live with others,” says community member Anne Braham, who attended the day’s festivities. 

Henderson agrees.

“It was a wonderful day for everyone involved,” she says. “We look forward to the opportunity to participate in this terrific event again next year.”

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