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Seniors Helping Seniors launches in Lutz

LUTZ — Sisters Sindi Kelly and Terri Blake provide a win-win opportunity for seniors in north Hillsborough County with the launch of their Seniors Helping Seniors franchise.

Seniors Helping Seniors matches able-bodied seniors with seniors who need assistance in order to continue living independently. The services provided are nonmedical and include cooking, light housekeeping, transportation and companionship.

"It is really about giving our seniors the quality of life they deserve," Blake said.

For Blake and Kelly, who are caring for their terminally ill mother, Seniors Helping Seniors helps fulfill a personal mission to ensure that families have access to the assistance they need when they need it.

"People try to do it all themselves — their jobs, their own families and the care of their loved ones. They think if they can't handle it all, they have failed. That is not the case at all," Blake explained.

Seniors Helping Seniors is currently looking for senior helpers and those who need assistance. For more information, contact Blake at or (813) 909-3004. For more on Seniors Helping Seniors, visit

Orangetheory expands to Carrollwood

CARROLLWOOD — Orangetheory Fitness, a popular fast-paced, group interval fitness program, is set to open its doors in Carrollwood on June 26. This marks the eighth location for franchisee Terry Blachek.

Orangetheory studios are designed to energize with their signature orange color, which transcends from the walls to the workout equipment to the lighting.

Attendance is limited for each of the 60-minute workout sessions, which include treadmill interval training, indoor rowing and weight-training blocks. A personal trainer leads the group.

If the group dynamic and personal trainer are not motivation enough, the heart rate monitors will do the trick. Each client wears a heart rate monitor throughout the workout and the individual rates are on display for all to see. The goal, according to studio manager Kenneth Andreasen, is to spend 12 to 20 minutes of the session at 84 percent or higher of your maximum heart rate.

"That is the point when you can truly feel that you are working out," Andreasen said.

Reaching this zone creates an "afterburn" effect, which allows clients to continue to burn calories for hours after the workout.

The grand opening of the Carrollwood Orangetheory, 13122 N Dale Mabry Highway, will be June 26. There will be free food, drinks, prizes and a DJ. For more information, call (813) 964-3194. For other area locations, visit

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Seniors Helping Seniors launches in Lutz 06/04/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 12:42pm]
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