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Kyle Case:
(singing).

Kyle Case:
Hello and welcome to the Huntsman World Senior Games Active Life. My name is Kyle Case and I'll be your host on this amazing journey as we attempt to help you get the most out of your life. Joining me in the studio today is my co-pilot, Jeff Harding. Jeff, how are you doing today?

Jeff Harding:
I am doing so well. It's so fun seeing all of our old friends, having so many family reunions, getting so many hugs from so many people I haven't seen for so long. It is wonderful. How are you doing, Kyle?

Kyle Case:
The same. It's just great. We're right in the middle of the games.

Jeff Harding:
We are.

Kyle Case:
I'm not going to say that I'm not tired because I'm-

Jeff Harding:
Well, no, we are, yeah.

Kyle Case:
I feel a little tired. I know-

Jeff Harding:
I try to stay away from that, but I am.

Kyle Case:
I know you are as well. But the energy level in the community and the games, and just among the athletes is sky high, through the roof.

Jeff Harding:
It is.

Kyle Case:
It's just been amazing. We've, Jeff, we've had some fantastic weather.

Jeff Harding:
We have. It's been amazing.

Kyle Case:
You and I, we've done games with bad weather before.

Jeff Harding:
Yeah, some very wet weather.

Kyle Case:
And we've done games with good weather before. And I think we will both take good weather games.

Jeff Harding:
Every time. Every time.

Kyle Case:
Yeah, and we've had just beautiful, beautiful weather. A little on the cooler side today, but not to the point where it's uncomfortable to compete.

Jeff Harding:
I was talking to somebody from Colorado and they said, "You call this cool?"

Kyle Case:
Well, exactly, right? It's all relative, right?

Jeff Harding:
It is.

Kyle Case:
I was talking to some people from Canada this morning and they thought it was a heatwave-

Jeff Harding:
Bombing.

Kyle Case:
It was bombing 50 degrees and those of us that are natives here in St. George, Utah, we're reaching for our sweatshirts and our jackets and our gloves. But it's been phenomenal. As I said, we're right in the middle of the games. We experienced our opening ceremonies-

Jeff Harding:
It was great.

Kyle Case:
Just a couple of nights ago. Again, beautiful, beautiful weather, but a great show. Tons of talent.

Jeff Harding:
Yeah. Lots of great comments by Leah Amico.

Kyle Case:
Yeah. Leah Amico, we had her on our show last week-

Jeff Harding:
We did.

Kyle Case:
Kind of teasing some of her comments that she would share with the audience and the crowd during the opening ceremonies. Man, she just nailed it, I thought.

Jeff Harding:
She did a great job.

Kyle Case:
She had such a great message and just so much energy and I just feel like she was phenomenal. The fireworks were great, the music, the dancing, the lighting of the cauldron, the whole thing. I just-

Jeff Harding:
It was a lot of fun. Yeah.

Kyle Case:
A wonderful night. And then, of course, that's just the beginning that's-

Jeff Harding:
That's opening ceremonies.

Kyle Case:
That's the opening ceremony. And so sports have just been running from there. We've had a lot of great things that have been going on from archery to badminton that's already wrapped up. We had a women's basketball that just finished and man's basketball is kicking off today or are underway today, I should say. We've had some cycling events-

Jeff Harding:
Table tennis is finishing today.

Kyle Case:
Table tennis, today is the last day of table tennis. We had our half marathon and 5k this morning. So many things.

Jeff Harding:
It is amazing.

Kyle Case:
So many things that are going on. And we're going to wrap a few sports here over the next couple of days, Friday and Saturday we'll wrap up some things. We're going to have our triathlon on Saturday and then we take a little bit of a break from the competition.

Jeff Harding:
But we have to mention a brand new trail run.

Kyle Case:
Oh, thank you. Yeah, trail run is brand new this year. We need to mention that. This will be the inaugural year.

Jeff Harding:
That's right.

Kyle Case:
For the trial run and we have almost 100 runners that have signed up. About 76 I think-

Jeff Harding:
That's an amazing first-year event for us.

Kyle Case:
What I looked at. Yeah. So we're going to have a great field going to be running through some of the most beautiful trails that we have available in Southern Utah, which just by default are some of the most beautiful trails in the world.

Jeff Harding:
That's right, that's right.

Kyle Case:
And so we're very excited about that. The inaugural year for the trail run. And then like I said, we're going to take just a little break from the competition. We'll still be checking athletes in on Sunday the 13th and then Monday the 14th it just starts right back up and we keep ongoing. Softball continues, pickleball will start next week. We've got a lot of volleyball that's going to be rolling-

Jeff Harding:
The Global Cup.

Kyle Case:
We have the Global Cup that will start on Monday and we'll have the finals on Thursday. So just so many great things that are going on.

Jeff Harding:
Yep.

Kyle Case:
Let me just really quickly give one quick plug for our next big celebration, which is our concert and celebration and that's going to happen on Tuesday the 15th. I just want to emphasize and reiterate once again that this is a free show. If you're in the area or if you're an athlete that's competing here in the games, come on out to this show. It's going to be a lot of fun.

Jeff Harding:
How much does it cost?

Kyle Case:
It's free.

Jeff Harding:
Free-

Kyle Case:
Yes. Which is zero and it's a Billy Joel tribute act, they're called Joel The Band. They are heralded as one of the greatest tribute acts out there. They're going to sing all the greats from The Piano Man, Mr. Billy Joel, and that's going to be a lot of fun. So bring your family, bring your friends. It's at the Burns Arena. It's on Tuesday, the 15th, gates open a 7:00. Once again, free show, you don't want to miss it. Jeff, one of the great things that are going on right now at the Huntsman World Senior Games that's available to all of our athletes is our health screening program.

Jeff Harding:
It is. It's a wonderful thing. Kyle.

Kyle Case:
This is a program that Jeff has over and helps coordinate of course there are a million team members that make that thing happen. We have college students that come down from Brigham Young University, that come down from Southern Utah University, from Dixie State University-

Jeff Harding:
Utah Valley University.

Kyle Case:
From UVU, Utah Valley University. They come down from all over the place and they are providing these health screenings to our athletes. There's a ton of available tests. What are some of the available tests, Jeff?

Jeff Harding:
Well, one of the popular ones that you have to sign up for because it is so popular is the carotid artery exam. They have ultrasound machines in the exam of the carotid artery. You see if there's any blockage, any problems going on. So that's an important one for anybody that may have some issues with the carotid artery.

Kyle Case:
And that carotid artery, it's kind of an important artery.

Jeff Harding:
It is kind of the main trunk order that goes up and down into your brain.

Kyle Case:
Yeah. That's what sends the blood up into your brain and then back down into your heart and like you want to make sure there are no obstructions there if you can help it. And so to be able to have access to an ultrasound machine that is checking that is pretty important and it's pretty amazing. And again, as Jeff said, that is a health screen that you need to get an appointment with, but it's free. It's free to all of our athletes.

Jeff Harding:
For the athletes.

Kyle Case:
So athletes that are in town and planning on coming to the health screenings, try to make sure that you take advantage of that if you can. What are some of the other screenings that are available? We tried to-

Jeff Harding:
There's functional fitness.

Kyle Case:
We tried to take a holistic approach, kind of an overall whole body type things, so we've got functional fitness. How does that one work?

Jeff Harding:
That's just a way of determining how well your body can do what it should be able to do. How flexible are you? Can you touch your toes? Can you move to? How well do you move?

Kyle Case:
There's strength assessment?

Jeff Harding:
Yeah. There's grip strength, there are hearing tests, there are vision tests. There's even jokingly so we can kind of call it a brain test, but it's a mental acuity test where it tests your ability to solve some simple questions. There's a balance test, I mean there's just a plethora of tests that you can take.

Kyle Case:
A wide variety. I wanted to touch on the balance test. I did the balance test last year. I haven't done it this year, but I have felt during the majority of my life I've participated in sports. I've been an athlete, certainly not a great athlete, not a world-class athlete, but I've participated in sports, I've done different things. I felt most of my life that I have a reasonable balance. But I will say that as I've gotten older, I can feel, not that I'm out of balance, I don't feel like I'm on the verge of falling. I don't feel like I'm dizzy, I don't feel any of those things. But I feel like I don't have the balance that I used to have. And it concerns me a little bit. And so I went to do this balanced assessment and I thought it was really interesting. At least they had me, then they do it in a very safe way. So you're surrounded by people and you're protected. But they have you stand on one leg and then what seems easy until you try it. And then you realize there's something to it, right?

Jeff Harding:
Right.

Kyle Case:
And then they have you stand on a leg with your eyes closed.

Jeff Harding:
Which makes a big difference.

Kyle Case:
That makes a huge difference. To me, that was surprising how big of a difference it made for me because I guess it hadn't occurred to me. I hadn't thought about it. I guess I just hadn't thought of it. But I would stand there on one leg with my eyes closed and I probably got, I don't know, three or four seconds in is all then I started to tip over.

Jeff Harding:
So you get a wobble and you have.

Kyle Case:
Yeah, absolutely. And then, of course, you do it on the other leg.

Jeff Harding:
Yep.

Kyle Case:
And I found the same problem. I felt that when I closed my eyes, I found it difficult to keep my balance. And then they put me on a kind of a foam pad. Just-

Jeff Harding:
[crosstalk 00:08:49] A solid surface.

Kyle Case:
Right. Yeah. To test one more time, we did the same things and ultimately when it was all said and done they told me that the results were not abysmal, that I was okay. That I was in the average area there. But it was very interesting for me to experience that and kind of see where I was at from a balance standpoint. And then they gave some good ideas of ways that I can improve my balance-

Jeff Harding:
That's great.

Kyle Case:
Which I will as a public confession right now, get best Jeff, that I didn't put those into practice yet. But I'm looking forward to going over there today and redoing that test and just kind of getting reacquainted with what the exercises are. Because like I said, Jeff, I don't feel like I'm out of balance. I don't feel like I'm about to fall, but I feel like I am not quite as strong in that area, quite as balanced as I've been used to being. And I don't want to see that deteriorate.

Jeff Harding:
Oh, it's hard when you start seeing your mortality, isn't it?

Kyle Case:
It is Jeff. It is.

Jeff Harding:
It is.

Kyle Case:
It's no fun. And yet it's part of the aging process. And it doesn't mean, aging doesn't mean that you can't continue to thrive and to enjoy life and do all the great things that we're watching all of these athletes around us do. But it does mean that it might take a little more preparation, it might take a little more concentration it might take just a little bit more effort to continue to do the things that you love to do.

Kyle Case:
And so that's one of the great things that I find about those health screenings is. It's not so much a diagnosis, it's not so much a cure-all, but it gives you these great little indicators, these great indications of where you're at in certain areas in your overall health and wellness. And then the idea is that you're taking away some things that you can do that will allow you to continue to live the active life and continue to be active and healthy.

Jeff Harding:
Couple more tests that are over there that are very important. We have a cholesterol screening that we do.

Kyle Case:
Okay.

Jeff Harding:
And we also do a PSA screening for the men's cancer in the prostate.

Kyle Case:
So some very helpful, useful health screenings that are available. Once again, these are available free to our athletes. It's just part of the experience of being an athlete at the games. It goes back to our founding principles, which are to foster worldwide peace, health, and friendship. These health screenings fulfill in a very dramatic way for many of our athletes the health element of that mission statement.

Kyle Case:
Speaking of the other ones, we talked already about the opening ceremonies and I'll just say one more time. It was a great night, but one of really the quintessential moments of our ceremonies every year is when we bring all of these representation flags onto the field that represents all the countries that have participated in one way or another in the world senior games over the past 33 years. We have 81 nations that are represented in that field at the same time.

Jeff Harding:
That's a lot of flags.

Kyle Case:
It's a lot of flags, a lot of people. But I'll tell you what, there is a lot of unity that you just feel from that experience. At least that's the way I walk away with that feeling and I walk away with, yeah, there's conflict in the world and there's trouble and there's war and there's violence and there are refugees and there are problems. There are real problems in the world. But if you pull all of that away and you just look at us as people, as individuals, as human beings, there's so much more that connects us than separates us. And when you get all those flags out there on that field, and they're all being represented in this beautiful way, to me that's what peace looks like.

Jeff Harding:
Yeah. Well, it's also a great reminder that political tendencies or political environments are temporary. Because there are flags there from countries you think we're not doing well with them right now. But there was a time when we were also wouldn't be able to come.

Kyle Case:
And there was a time when we will be once again and so to be just a very small part of that, like I know that our opening ceremonies aren't going to as the beauty pageants typical stereotypical question is end up in world peace just from that. But it's a piece of the puzzle, right?

Jeff Harding:
Sure it is.

Kyle Case:
And if we don't get together and if we don't acknowledge one another, and if we don't see each other as individuals that are not that different from you or I, then we're not going to make it. And so here's an opportunity that we take to try to bring everyone together. And-

Jeff Harding:
Sure.

Kyle Case:
Capitalize and just get that idea and that concept and that feeling out there, that, that piece is on the horizon, that it is achievable, it's attainable, but we've got to work towards it. We've got to work towards that. So there's the piece element, and then I wanted to talk just a second about the friendship element as well. This is so important to our games and the athletes of the World Senior Games, year after year, and we've said this many times on the show, but we only say it because it's true.

Jeff Harding:
Oh, yeah. We would say. We would never lie.

Kyle Case:
We wouldn't say it if it weren't true. And it is true. But this becomes a family reunion. Jeff, you said that at the beginning as well, this becomes a family reunion for our athletes because in so many cases they're able to come and spend time with people that they don't get to see normally. But that they see here, and these are like-minded people, people who care about their health, care about their wellness, care about the sport that they're passionate about-

Jeff Harding:
Sure.

Kyle Case:
And so you get all these people together they feel that same way and you can't help but make friends.

Jeff Harding:
Well, that's true. It's like, I'd like to say it's a family reunion with the people you want to spend time with.

Kyle Case:
You get to choose, right? You get to choose the people.

Jeff Harding:
Yep.

Kyle Case:
The people you spend with. Like I say you can't help but make friends. You just can't help it. And year after year that is the thing that brings people back. We survey people when they come to the games, the main reason why people come in for the competition.

Jeff Harding:
At least the first time.

Kyle Case:
And Jeff, we've got great competition-

Jeff Harding:
We do.

Kyle Case:
And we love that we're able to provide that competition not only at a very high level, world-class level in many cases we have world records that are broken at the World Senior Games.

Jeff Harding:
Sure, sure.

Kyle Case:
But we get to provide it at every level-

Jeff Harding:
Yep.

Kyle Case:
And in many sports, we divide those divisions up by skill level in addition to the age level. And so you've got that competition taken care of in that aspect, but people come back, they come back for the second, third and fourth and fifth and so on, because of the comradery, because of the relationships, because of the friendships that they make. And I know that you have seen that every year. I know that you've seen that this year.

Jeff Harding:
I've experienced personally.

Kyle Case:
Yeah, absolutely. And I know that I've seen it as well. Just this morning I was over at the square dance social because one of the things that we do to help create the environment where friendships can flourish and grow and start is we have these sports socials.

Jeff Harding:
That's right.

Kyle Case:
So every sport that we compete in at the games has its sports social, and it allows these athletes to get together to talk, to find those friendships and build them. I was at the square dance social and as I was there I was just kind of wandering around among the tables and just talking to people, and the thing that just stood out to me, the thing that just hit me was these people are friends.

Jeff Harding:
That's right.

Kyle Case:
It's not just, there was an empty seat, and so I had to sit there, and I'm just going to eat, then I'm going to leave their true, genuine, strong and intimate relationships, friendships that form during these competition opportunities at the Worlds Senior Games. And we talk about those three founding principles of the Huntsman World Senior Games being worldwide peace, health, and friendship. And you have an experience like that where you're able to watch the ceremonies, take part in the health screenings, see the friendships forming, and you feel like, you know what? We're onto something here.

Jeff Harding:
Yeah, we are.

Kyle Case:
We're onto something here. And certainly we've got a room for improvement, and we're going to continue to try to do that and work on things that we need to do better. But we got a pretty great thing going on here and it is because of the people that are involved, the athletes, the volunteers, the sponsors, the community as a whole-

Jeff Harding:
Everybody plays their part.

Kyle Case:
Families that support these senior athletes that come, everybody, as you said, play their part and it just becomes something that you can't help but feel good about.

Jeff Harding:
Yep. Probably, Kyle, there was something we forgot to mention about the health screenings. Saturday, it's open to the general public.

Kyle Case:
That is a very important thing that we don't want to miss.

Jeff Harding:
Anybody can move to the Dixie Center, yeah.

Kyle Case:
So yeah, during the majority of the screenings that are available here during the majority of the time that they are open, it's just for the athletes. That's part of the registration, but this Saturday, Saturday the 13th the Dixie Center is open and it's available and anybody in the community can stop by and take advantage of a number of these screenings. Not every one of that is available, but enough to make it worth your time.

Jeff Harding:
Certainly.

Kyle Case:
So swing on by, get your blood pressure checked, we can take a look at blood sugars, we can take a look at that cholesterol like Jeff was talking about, some of the balanced screenings, a lot of the available things and it's free to the public. So come and take advantage of it.

Jeff Harding:
That's right.

Kyle Case:
What are the hours on the open public?

Jeff Harding:
It is from 10 to two.

Kyle Case:
10 to 2:00. So 10 in the morning till two in the afternoon, that's at the Dixie Convention Center, you don't need a ticket, you don't need to ... It's free you don't have to pay for anything. Come on in and take advantage of that.

Jeff Harding:
Although if you want to you can stop at the Dixie Center in the gift shop and buy something as a souvenir of your time at the health screenings.

Kyle Case:
You might want to do that because there's some pretty great stuff in there too.

Jeff Harding:
Is, really is.

Kyle Case:
I don't want to spend a ton of time talking about it, but you walk into that gift shop and there's some pretty swanky swag that's in there, a lot of great merchandise items that maybe you'll want to take home because you'll be styling if you're wearing it. It goes well beyond than just the traditional t-shirts-

Jeff Harding:
Oh, yeah. It does. It does.

Kyle Case:
We've got some great stuff in there.

Jeff Harding:
This is an interesting side note. I was in there talking to the ladies that run it today and they were saying that there was a lady that came over and talked to them about the games in general. How well run our games are said, "That you guys also have the best gift shop of any senior games I've ever been to." And she's been to a lot of senior games. So that says something.

Kyle Case:
It's true. I mean I don't know how else to say it except for it's true. Our gift shop rocks. I'll just leave it at that. So Jeff, let's talk just really quickly for a second about some of the upcoming sports.

Jeff Harding:
Okay.

Kyle Case:
We're kind of wrapping up this week, although we do have several sports that are still being contested and will be through the end of the week. I mentioned softball earlier, square dances wrapping up today. Swimming is going to be taking place tomorrow is their last day. Tennis goes all the way through Saturday and then we have volleyball that comes in and so that's going to be just a ton of fun. And so that's going to wrap out this week. But coming up we got some great things coming up as well.

Jeff Harding:
Oh, yeah some fun sports to watch.

Kyle Case:
You alluded at the beginning of the show to the Global Cup. Let me just emphasize that for just a minute because it's a special event, it's worth touching on. Most of our sports, all of our sports are open. You don't have to qualify, the only qualifiers that you have to be 50 years old. That's the only one. So if you're 50 and you have a desire, or a tendency, or a like or a love or a passion for any of our sports, you can come and compete in them.

Kyle Case:
The Global Cup is a little bit different. It's an invitation-only volleyball tournament. And the reason that we do it invitation is that we want the very best volleyball players in the world. Senior volleyball players in the world to come and be a part of this tournament. And so we only allow one team per country and we've got five countries represented this year. We've got Canada, the United States, we've got Mexico and Costa Rica and we've got Germany and these are all going to be great teams. These are the best of the best from their country.

Jeff Harding:
That's right.

Kyle Case:
They are going to come and compete. Starting on Monday, October 14th in the Dixie Center, and again, this is free. Admission is free. So come on by and watch some of the best volleyball that you're going to see at the senior level. We alternate every other year, men's and women's teams. This year it's the women's teams-

Jeff Harding:
That's right.

Kyle Case:
And it's fun to watch the difference between the men's and the women's volleyball teams in general. But the Global Cup, the men's game is very powerful. There's a lot of high jumps, a lot of big hits, and you're going to see some incredible athleticism in the women's games as well, big jumps and big hits as well. But the thing that I like about women's volleyball is that there's a lot more finesse-

Jeff Harding:
Oh, there is.

Kyle Case:
There's strategy and there's more finesse and so it's a different experience, but still amazing, amazing volleyball. So starting on Monday, October 14th, we're going to start our first games in the morning, 9:00 I believe is when the first one is scheduled and then they'll play up through the middle of the afternoon and then you can stick around and watch the open tournament as well, which has got some amazing athleticism and athletes that compete there.

Kyle Case:
But that's over at the Dixie Center that Global Cup will culminate in a gold medal match, which takes place on Thursday, October 17th, and the medal matches for the Global Cup are over at Desert Hills High School. They're generous enough to let us use their GM and that's where the magic happens Jeff, that's when they're playing out.

Jeff Harding:
Cannot say for anything, this is the end of it.

Kyle Case:
They're not holding back. Just amazing, amazing volleyball. The bronze medal game is going to start at a 5:30 over at Desert Hills High School and then the gold medal game will start at 7:00 and in between the two games, we have these great cultural presentations that all the teams bring with them.

Kyle Case:
So come on over and celebrate that with us again at Desert Hills High School on Thursday the 17th, as all the action is starting at 5:30. In addition to the Global Cup though we do have softball that continues, we've got track and field that's going to be starting next week that's a big one for us.

Jeff Harding:
Yes, it is.

Kyle Case:
We also, Jeff will have pickleball-

Jeff Harding:
Which is another big one for us?

Kyle Case:
That is a huge one for us. We play at two venues. Pickleball is at two venues, it's at the Little Valley Pickleball Complex and then also out at Sun River and once again, if you want to see some great athleticism and just a fun, fun game being played, then pickleball is for you.

Jeff Harding:
That's right.

Kyle Case:
Step on by either of those venues and watch some of the best pickleball players anywhere. These guys, not only will ... The winners of our tournament will not only win our tournament, which is a very competitive and in many ways a procedures tournament, but a lot of those same players will move on to the national tournament and even international tournaments in other places and they'll dominate, they'll win because we have some of the best, best players here.

Kyle Case:
And then we also have beginners, so you can come and watch those guys do their thing as well and realize that "Hey, this event could be for all of us. It could be for all of us." Again, the only qualifiers that you have to be 50 years old. I want to talk for just one more second. I imagined it earlier, but I just want to reiterate, we have our concert celebration coming up on Tuesday, October 15th the band that is going to be performing is fantastic. They're Joel The Band. It's a Billy Joel tribute act. You don't want to miss it. And the reason you don't want to miss it is that it's free.

Jeff Harding:
One, it's good.

Kyle Case:
And it's good. It's going to be a fantastic show, tons of fun. It's the music of Billy Joel, and who doesn't love the music?

Jeff Harding:
Not really.

Kyle Case:
Of Billy Joel. They'll be singing as a band, there'll be singing all of his big hits, Uptown Girl, Downeaster Alexa, We Didn't Start the Fire, River of Dreams-

Jeff Harding:
Piano Man.

Kyle Case:
So many, Piano man, one of the greatest songs ever written in my humble opinion, one of the greatest songs ever written. So you don't want to miss that. The show starts at 7:00, the gates open at six, it's at the Burns Arena at Dixie State University. That's the basketball arena where all their basketball takes place. Once again, 7:00, Burns Arena, free show Joel The Band. Bring your family, bring your friends, bring your neighbors. It's going to be family-friendly, it's just going to be a ton of fun. You don't want to miss it and you don't want to miss next and every Thursday as we put on once again, the Huntsman World Senior Games Active Life. Please tune in on AM 1450, or FM 93.1 to learn more about the World Senior Games. But also more about how you can truly apply overall health and wellness principles and truly live an active life. And we're going to get back to run of the games, Jeff.

Jeff Harding:
Yes, we are, we need to.

Kyle Case:
So until next Thursday, stay active.

Jeff Harding:
Bye, everyone.