Join Team Palomar in the Relay For Life of Vista

I wanted to let you know about another important event.  A member of our campus community, Rocco Versaci, is a two-time cancer survivor (2003 & 2013). In between, he biked across the country, and his book about that ride and his first experience with cancer—That Hidden Road—is coming out this October. He will be a featured speaker at the American Cancer Society’s “Relay for Life of Vista” on July 16 & 17, and is assembling a team for the 24-hour walk. Team Life wants to show our support by joining in this cause.

Great Divide

Team Palomar will participate in the Relay for Life and we’d love to see as many campus community members out there as possible. This is a fundraising effort for the American Cancer Society and any donation through our team will be deeply appreciated.  However, participation is our main focus. 

Please sign up to be part of our team!  Let’s support Rocco and all of the members of our community that have been touched, in some way, by cancer.  We have Palomar Team Life shirts, backpacks, towels and water bottles that we will distribute to participants.  As the date of the event gets closer, we will take a look at how many team members we have and decide on the relay schedule.

To join Team Palomar in the Relay For Life of Vista, click on the link below and “Join Our Team.”  This will lead you through the registration process.

Thank you!


Join Team Palomar for the 2016 5K West Coast SCADaddle for Research

I’d like to let you know about Team Life’s kick-off activity for the fall. We chose this event in support of one of our own, Marti Snyder, who survived SCAD this year.


Join us for a 5K fun run/walk to raise money for research on Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD).  SCAD is a type of a heart attack, not associated with the typical risk factors of heart disease. 

Unlike the typical heart attack, SCAD is relatively uncommon and often impacts younger, otherwise healthy individuals. SCAD occurs more often in women than men and can be fatal.  Research is needed to identify the cause(s) and the best treatment options.

The fun run/walk will take place in beautiful Carlsbad, CA.  We will start at Aqua Hedionda Lagoon (4200 Garfield Street, Carlsbad) – North Shore Hubbs Trail and end at The Discovery Center (1580 Cannon Road, Carlsbad).  There will be vendors, a silent auction and fun for all!

Shuttles will be available to take you back to your vehicle. 

Mayo Clinic SCAD Research Presentation After 5K

Dr. Sharonne Hayes, SCAD Research Program Team Lead from Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), will present the latest SCAD research findings at 1:00pm at the Discovery Center.  All are welcome.  

Click the link below to join Team Palomar for the 2016 5K West Coast SCADaddle for Research to be held on September 10, 2016.  If you would like to participate, the fee is $30.00 for age 13 and over and $15.00 for ages 6-12.  Team Life will provide participants with a Palomar Team Life shirt, backpack and water bottle and we’ll collaborate in advance and make a really fun day of it!

A few of us have downloaded the “Couch to 5K” app, which offers daily instruction/motivation to slowly get you ready for the 5K. Team Life has enjoyed great participation this year. Let’s keep up the energy, get Palomar out there in the community, and support some great causes. If you have an event you’d like to see Palomar get involved in, through Team Life, please let me or another member of Team Life know.

Enjoy your summer!


Biggest Loser Final Results!

This is it… The final results for the Spring 2016 Palomar College Employee Wellness Weight Loss Challenge!

 As a group we have lost a total of 256.6 lbs!

  • Week #1 = 106.9 lbs lost
  • Week #2 = 149.8 lbs lost
  • Week #3 = 163.6 lbs lost
  • Week #4 = 187.8 lbs lost
  • Week #5 = 208.3 lbs lost
  • Week #7 = 188.1 lbs lost
  • Week #8 = 211.2 lbs lost
  • Week #9 = 228.4 lbs lost
  • Week #10 = 256.6 lbs lost

The Lipid Liquidators remained in the lead and finished strong as this years top losing team! The Couch Potato Reformists United and Waist Management followed in 2nd and 3rd place. The prizes:  All participants on the top three teams will be invited to participate in a hands-on “Healthy Cooking” class held on campus in Room SU-40 (Staff Lounge) on Friday, 5/13/16 from 4-5 p.m., led by Chef Greg of Healthy Adventures Foundation, and will also receive $50 Amazon gift cards.

Final Team results
Place Team Name avg percentage lost
1st Team 4 – Lipid Liquidators -11.89%
2nd Team 1 – Couch Potato Reformists United -7.23%
3rd Team 7 – Waist Management -3.37%
4th Team 8 – Mini-Mees! -3.20%
5th Team 6 – Loco Mamas -2.16%
6th Team 3 – The Flab-u-less Four -2.04%
7th Team 11 – Divas of Palomar (DOP) -1.96%
8th Team 5 – Buncha Losers -1.51%
9th Team 2 – 3 Beach Babes and a Lifeguard -0.59%
10th Team 10 – Marketing Marvels -0.19%
11th Team 9 – Weapons of A$$ Destruction 0.00%
12th Team 12 – Mission Slimpossible results 0.65%
  • 1st place team Lipid Liquidators:
    • Liliana Martinez
    • Ulises Nava
    • Leann Pell
    • Susan Rogers
  • 2nd place team Couch Potato Reformists United:
    • Debra Doerfler
    • Juan Gonzalez
    • Kendyl Magnuson
    • Jennie Vastola
  • 3rd place team  Waist Management:
    • Dennis Astl
    • Kyle Owens
    • Terri Wallace
    • Christine Winterle

Congratulations to our top ten losers:

Final Individual Results
Place Participant Name avg percentage lost
1st Susan Rogers -14.77%
2nd Kendyl Magnuson -13.92%
3rd Ulises Nava -13.34%
4th Liliana Martinez -11.11%
5th Debra Doerfler -9.88%
6th Cynthia Cordova -8.52%
7th Leann Pell -8.33%
8th Terri Wallace -6.42%
9th Juan Gonzalez -5.11%
10th Sandra Brown -5.09%

The prizes:  Our top female, Susan Rogers, and top male, Kendyl Magnuson, will each receive a $200 cash reward. Great work to you both.  You are an inspiration!