LONG ISLAND: Ten years ago, Russ L’HommeDieu, DPT lost over 200 pounds, and he has since stayed fit. In an effort to do something outrageous to commemorate this anniversary, he is planning a 260-mile paddle around Long Island alone in his kayak. With this paddle, he intends to, in his own words, 1. Raise Awareness that people can break the chains of obesity and they can do extraordinary things when they are free; 2. Raise awareness that weight loss is not about the weight you lose, it is about the life you gain; 3. Raise awareness that living a bigger life is the key to getting and keeping a smaller body; and 4. Raise money for the Diabetes Association. The paddle is expected to take 10 days. L’HommeDieu asserts that, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), obesity is second only to smoking as a leading cause of preventable death in the United States. Visit longislandpaddle.blogspot.com for more information, to donate to the cause and to spread awareness of this preventable disease.