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We Walk the Walk (and Run the Run)

Tomorrow’s the big day! The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon gets underway bright and early at 7:30 a.m. and we couldn’t be more excited!

Not only is Foot Levelers the title sponsor, we have several employees who will be competing tomorrow in America’s Toughest Road Races.  We also have several dozen more signed up to cheer on runners and hand out waters and snacks at the Mill Mountain Star Aide Station.

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L-R, Meet our runners: Abby, Mike, Scott, Barto, Tammy, Wayne, and Tyler

Last night, WSLS’s John Carlin interviewed our CEO Kent about the company’s support of the marathon during a half-hour live marathon special. Check out the rebroadcast here! (Kent speaks to John around 11:30, and you can see Abby in action in the story immediately following the interview).

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John Carlin (left) and Kent at the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon finish line last night

Big shout-out to our employee participants–we have all the faith in the world in you! We wish you and ALL the runners the best of luck on the course tomorrow! Stay tuned here and on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more updates throughout the weekend.

The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon 2017 is Almost Here!

Excitement is building for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, this Saturday in Foot Levelers’ stunning hometown of Roanoke, Virginia. Known as America’s Toughest Road Marathon, the event draws brave souls from all over the country.

Once again this year, several of our employees will be taking to the course as competitors–best of luck to Tammy, Wayne, Scott, Abby, Mike, and Tyler! And as always, we’ll have a raucous group of cheerleaders and helpers up at the Mill Mountain Star Aide Station helping to hand out waters, snacks, and keeping runners’ spirits high.

WSLS Channel 10 came to visit us recently to talk to Abby Oliver, former basketball superstar and our awesome employee, about her training for the marathon and some of the innovative ways Foot Levelers encourages employees like Abby to stay fit and healthy. They’ll be running a special tonight about the Marathon featuring Abby and a live interview with Kent from the finish line at Elmwood Park. Tune in if you can or check back here–we’ll post the special after it airs.

We’re rooting for everyone Saturday! You got this!

Media Alert: Foot Levelers Named as World Federation of Chiropractic’s (WFC) Premier Corporate Sponsor in Historic Agreement

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ROANOKE, VA—April 7, 2017—Foot Levelers, the world’s leading Chiropractic supplier and manufacturer of custom orthotics, has been named as the WFC’s (World Federation of Chiropractic) new Premier Corporate Partner.

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Dan of Foot Levelers (right) shows off our new Kiosk at the WFC Assembly event in D.C.

Foot Levelers made the announcement just prior to the WFC’s Assembly of Members, which was held March 13-14 in Washington D.C. As the exclusive Premier Corporate Partner of the WFC, Foot Levelers further extends its international presence and legendary support of the Chiropractic profession.

Addressing delegates at the Assembly, Foot Levelers CEO Kent S. Greenawalt spoke of his support for the aims and objectives of the WFC: “Foot Levelers has been supporting doctors of Chiropractic in their practices for 65 years,” he said. “During this time, we have evolved with the Chiropractic profession and are now pleased to be supplying orthotics in 83 countries around the world. Partnering with the WFC seemed natural to us and we are delighted to share its aims and objectives in advancing the Chiropractic profession.”

He continued: “At a time where low back pain has been identified as the leading global cause of disability and where the overuse of opioids has reached epidemic proportions, we know that Chiropractic is uniquely positioned to deliver non-drug, non-surgical solutions. The safe, effective care that Chiropractic doctors are delivering to patients around the world translates to improved health for millions. Foot Levelers is extremely pleased to be working with the WFC at a time where the world needs more Chiropractors.”

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L-R Kent S. Greenawalt, our Fearless Leader; Dr. Richard Brown of the WFC, and Dawn Galbraith, Foot Levelers Sr. Vice President

WFC Secretary-General Dr. Richard Brown commented: “The WFC is thrilled to have signed this 3-year agreement and are proud that Foot Levelers will be partnering with us to further our mission of advancing awareness, utilization and integration of Chiropractic internationally. Foot Levelers has an outstanding global reputation and the quality of their products is unparalleled.”

He continued: “We are looking forward to a relationship where the ultimate beneficiary will be Chiropractic. The expertise and corporate support that Foot Levelers brings to the WFC will make an enormous difference to the projects and initiatives that we are looking to undertake in the coming years. To have a Premier Corporate Partner of this caliber is a huge boost to the WFC’s ability to exert influence around the world.”

About World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC): The WFC is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that represents the Chiropractic profession internationally. Its members are the national associations of 93 countries in seven world regions. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the WFC is a non-governmental organization in official relations with the World Health Organization.

Our Own Roanoke Star — in Training for America’s Toughest Road Marathon

Alyssa Rae from WSLS Channel 10 came and visited us yesterday to talk about our Workout for Payout program and how our own Abby Oliver is putting it to use while training for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon! Alyssa interviewed both Kent and Abby and also shot some cool footage of Abby running part of the course!

Abby runs in our Brooks Adrenaline GTS 17 Shoethotics with InMotion custom orthotics. InMotion features silver for natural odor and moisture control and Celliant, which is research-proven to help increase blood oxygen levels in the body’s tissue for a boost of strength and stamina. Check out a short video of Abby in action on our Facebook page! We’ll post again when the WSLS story airs.

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Alyssa interviewing Kent in Foot Levelers’ gym

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Click here to see a quick video of Abby running.

Back from D.C.!

Just a few pics of the team at DC2017, the 14th WFC Biennial Congress in the historic Washington Hilton, March 15th-18th. We were excited to meet with Chiropractors from all over the world plus learn about the latest and greatest in the profession. Speaking of latest and greatest (if we DO say so ourselves) — we showed off our new Kiosk!

For the first time, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), the World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC), and the Association for Chiropractic Colleges (ACC) joined forces to present a world-class Chiropractic program featuring the latest in scientific research, global perspectives on the future of the profession, and inspirational sessions delivered by the profession’s thought leaders and content experts.

On March 14th at the National Press Club, our CEO Kent S. Greenawalt delivered opening remarks at the official launch event for the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress‘s  “Save Lives. Stop Opioid Abuse. Choose Chiropractic” campaign. Chiropractic, Kent argues, can lead the charge in reversing America’s ongoing opioid epidemic with its staggering implications on communities, families and the American healthcare system.

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You can view the moving presentation here.

 

 

 

Media Alert: Kent S. Greenawalt to Speak at Groundbreaking Event in the Fight Against Opioid Abuse

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Greenawalt to Address Global Healthcare Leaders, Media in Washington D.C. This Week at the World Federation for Chiropractic’s (WFC) Biennial Congress. The Launching of a New F4CP Campaign — “Save Lives. Stop Opioid Abuse. Choose Chiropractic.” — May Be “The Most Significant Meeting in the History of the Profession”

Foot Levelers’ Chairman and CEO Kent S. Greenawalt will deliver opening remarks on behalf of the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP) on March 14th at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. next week. Greenawalt, who is also the founder and Chairman of the Foundation, will speak on a topic that could not be more urgent or relevant today: the opioid epidemic in America, an ongoing tragedy with staggering implications on communities, families and the American healthcare system. Chiropractic, Greenawalt says, can lead the charge in reversing the horrifying trend.

Nearly 30,000 Americans died from opioid overdose in 2014, a number that has tripled since 2000. For comparison, about 5,000 die annually from cocaine overdose. “The pharmaceutical industry, physicians and other prescribers, hospitals, and the FDA are all to blame,” wrote one author, a physician on the front lines, in a New York Daily News article exploring the problem last year.

The Foundation’s “Save Lives. Stop Opioid Abuse. Choose Chiropractic” campaign aims to “touch every consumer in the U.S. with our message that Chiropractic is a safer strategy than opioids.” It follows a positioning paper the Foundation released last year, “Chiropractic: A Safer Strategy Than Opioids.

The Foundation is asking for “5,000 doctors of chiropractic to contribute $200 each to support the efforts of ‘Save Lives. Stop Opioid Abuse. Choose Chiropractic.’ Those that want to contribute more can add others names – children, assistant(s), significant others and in honor of deceased family members – for an additional contribution.”

To learn more and give, visit www.f4cp.com/pledge/tosavelives.php.

To attend the launch event on March 14th at 3 pm in the National Press Club in Washington, RSVP to alexis@f4cp.com. You can also register for the free live webcast at http://www.f4cp.com/pressclub2017/

Dr. Kris, Signing Off for Now (Farewell, Australia!)

A “farewell (for now) Australia!” message from Dr. Kristina Petrocco-Napuli, expert on women’s wellness and Chiropractic care–not to mention a Foot Levelers’ Speaker Extraordinaire! Dr. Kris has been traveling through Oz with our Country Manager for Australia, Angelica Gaunt, speaking to Chiropractors on women’s health, treating the female athlete, and caring for the pediatric foot, among other exciting Chiropractic topics. Did you know? Foot Levelers has a Team Australia, based just outside of Sydney. “Oz” is just one of the more than 70 countries  we serve! 

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Brisbane! We made it! This is our last stop on our Australian tour and we will be spending the next couple of days at the Australian Research Dynamic Growth Conference. Brisbane is the capital of Queensland and one of the oldest cities in Australia.

The booth was very busy at the conference we had a lot of visits from docs, C.A.s and students that were interested in many of the awesome Foot Levelers products.

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Angelica and I at the Foot Levelers’ booth at the Dynamic Growth conference

At the conference I met many new friends and colleagues as well as some old! There were two Chiropractic colleges that were present and I was able to meet and spend time talking with some of their faculty and administrators about the curriculum and contributions to the profession. I was also surprised to find that many students attend this conference as well as new graduates.

As Saturday began, Angelica and I were busy at the booth following the opening plenary session. I then headed to my presentation location to find that an old friend and colleague would be my moderator. At this conference my topic was Demystifying the Pediatric Foot, which was a bit of a shift from the women’s health topics earlier in the week.

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A tribute to Dr. Monte, Foot Levelers’ late founder.

At the beginning of the presentation I took some time to talk about Foot Levelers’ founder, Dr. Monte Greenawalt, and his perspective on pediatric care. In addition, I was able to discuss some of the history of the profession related to Chiropractic education at Lincoln Chiropractic College and how the founding principles may have guided Dr. Greenawalt since he was an alum of Lincoln Chiropractic College.

After my presentation I had some very nice conversations with many students (as there were a lot present) and some of the local practitioners.

This was the last stop on our tour…. And incredibly bitter sweet. I had the best work companion that anyone could have asked for…thank you Angelica!

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Dr. Irum Tahir and I, a fellow speaker at the DG conference, and both NYCC Alums! Dr. Tahir’s practice is based in Syracuse, New York

Throughout this trip I learned so much from all of the practitioners about practice in Australia and some of the struggles the profession is currently experiencing here as well as some of the opportunities that are developing…such as a new Chiropractic School in Adelaide.

I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity and cannot thank Foot Levelers enough for a once in a lifetime professional journey.

To my new friends and wonderful hosts: so long for now! And with a final thought… Where Have Your Orthotics Taken You? For me, to Australia and back!

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Angelica and I

Behind the Scenes with Junior Achievement Today

Today at the beautiful Patrick Henry ballroom in downtown Roanoke, Kent and his wife Boska delivered the #50Kfor50K matching grant check to our friends at Junior Achievement Southwest Virginia. Here are a few shots from this exciting day.

Q&A with Kent in Our Hometown Paper

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Check out this fun and interesting Q&A with our fearless leader Kent Greenawalt in Foot Levelers’ hometown paper, The Roanoke Times. In it, Kent discusses his passion for the mission of Junior Achievement and his recent successful $50,000 challenge grant to raise money for our regional chapter. Thank you to The Roanoke Times and reporter Tiffany Holland, and congrats to Kent on behalf of your team!

Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia to Honor Foot Levelers’ CEO

This just in: Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia has selected Foot Levelers’ Chairman and CEO Kent S. Greenawalt to induct into its Business Hall of Fame!  The event is marked by a special awards dinner November 1, 2016 in Roanoke, Virginia, Foot Levelers’ hometown. Community business leaders are selected by a committee of their peers to recognize “their significant contributions to the Southwest Virginia region.”

If you’re in the area and want to attend the region’s “biggest night in business,” you can buy tickets here. The dinner takes place at the historic Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center downtown.

We’ll be counting down until the big day! And in the meantime, thanks Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia and congratulations Kent!

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