All posts tagged: Health

Addy Thongsonlone secures spot at Ironman World Championship 2016

He may be the only Lao Iron Man in town. Meet Addy Thongsonlone from Oahu, Hawaii. Addy works as a police detective by day and trains as a triathlete in his free time. Addy talks about his humble beginnings in Hawaii, being Lao American, and securing his spot in the 2016 Iron Man World Championship, one of the most competitive and internationally-known triathlons. And that’s why he’s the Lao-Diaspora-of-the-Week. Tell us about yourself. I work full-time as a police detective and train for various marathons and triathlons in my spare time. I come from a humble background and believe hard work will get you everywhere you want to go. What’s your family’s journey? My father is originally from Laos, and my mother is from Thailand. They married and moved to Hawaii in the 1980s in search of a better life, more opportunities for the family, and also a desire to escape the lingering effects of war in Laos. I am Lao American but thanks to my parents, am very immersed in my Laotian culture. Favorite Lao …

Keeping Fit, Lao Style: An Interview with Pon Thamthavong

What does it mean to keep in great shape in the Lao community? Little Laos on the Prairie has run into Lao across the country who are part of a growing movement to keep fit and healthy, combining traditional Lao approaches with newer routines. One Lao American we recently met is Pon Thamthavong, who has been demonstrating healthy fitness to the community through NPC Bodybuilding in the Bikini Fitness category. NPC Bodybuilding is connected to the National Physique Committee. Since 1982, the top athletes in bodybuilding, fitness, figure, bikini and physique have started their careers in the National Physique Committee. Many of those athletes graduated to successful careers in the IFBB Professional League, a list that includes 24 Olympia and 38 Arnold Classic winners. NPC athletes are regularly featured in and on the covers of international publications such as FLEX, Muscular Development, Muscle & Fitness and Muscle & Fitness Hers, Fitness Rx for Women and Ironman. Can you tell us a little about yourself, and how did you develop an interest in health and fitness? My …