The Today Show’s Jenna Wolfe last week reported from the Chesterfield County Public Safety Training Center on Allied Road.
Ms. Wolfe, who covers health and fitness issues for the show, was covering the success of her “30 Days to a Better You,” and discovered that one of those who took the challenge not only had dropped weight, got fit, but volunteered for Chesterfield’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Those activities garnered David Lipp 15 minutes of fame on NBC.
About 140,000 have participated in the “30 Days to a Better You” program.
Lipp took on the challenge by posting a comment on her blog after Wolfe asked everyone how they were doing with the challenge.
“After I made the comment, I got a call from her producer who asked about my training and what kind of volunteering I do,” said Lipp, while Wolfe was visiting the training center. “Sam [the producer] asked me if I would do a segment on the Today Show.”
From there the producer moved quickly, and a week later she and Wolfe were in Richmond. Lipp told his friends on Facebook, “After we talked for half an hour about what I thought of the program, what my diet was like, what my exercise program included, and whatkind of volunteer work I do, she asked if I would like to be on the Today Show.
Even though I am a shy and bashful guy, I said yes. Jenna and her producer Samantha will be at MAC [Midlothian Athletic Club] on Tuesday, March 25, at noon to interview me and do a body pump class taught by Jen,” wrote Lipp.
After the workout, Wolfe and Lipp and a group of 30 CERT members, were at the Public Safety Training Center in Enon.
Lipp and about 800 other Chesterfield residents have beentrained at the training center. It wasn’t long after arriving at the training center, the gregarious Wolfe ran to the top of the four-story training tower. Later she told the Village News that she exercises by “climbing the Empire State Building.” She actually does the exercise on a stair stepper machine.
“I did actually compete in an Empire State race to the top,” Wolfe said. “We didn’t think very many would participate but we got about 300.” She said it was a timed race, “but they sure piled up at the bottom for the start.”
The CERT folks and firefighters enjoyed their time with Wolfe even in a steady drizzle. A Chesterfield firefighter started a grease fire after instructing Wolfe how to put it out with a fire extinguisher, she rushed right and put out the fire.
Lipp was on the Today Show on Saturday after being flown to New York. He said, “They asked my clothes size and shoe size. “I don’t know what they want that for,” he said.
Wolfe promoted her “30 Days to a Better You” as a challenge to every American as a way to get healthy in the month of March. “Jenna, who is a certified personal trainer, and other experts delivered daily diet and workout tips by email would lead to a healthier and happier you,” as written on the NBC website.
During the Today Show on Saturday morning, Lipp was there answering a few questions with about four others who were asked to appear on the show.
Footage of Chesterfield’s finest represented by Public Affairs Officer Jason Elmore and a Chesterfield fire truck, (firefighters call it an apparatus) and a shot of Lipp helping a woman out of a fire training building. Wolfe wanted to try something more fun and had Lipp carry her out of the building. .
“From 2004 to 2007, Wolfe was the weekend morning sports anchor for WABC’s Eyewitness News in New York City where she had a special segment called “Jenna’s Beef,” in which she editorialized an event from the world of sports that week. Prior to that, she worked for the Madison Square Garden Network, WPHL-TV in Philadelphia as the first female sportscaster, WICZ-TV in Binghamton, New York, WUHF-TV in Rochester, New York, and the Today Show as an intern. Aside from her journalistic duties, Wolfe has appeared as a judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Once the Today Show weekend anchor, she is now a correspondent covering health and fitness,” according to TVNEWSER and Newsday Magazine.
According to the CERT website, “The CERT program is based on the American tradition of ‘Neighbors Helping Neighbors Prepare for Emergencies.’ CERT training prepares citizens and communities to take a more active role in the County’s emergency preparedness efforts. After training, CERT Volunteers also can become part of neighborhood and/or workplace response teams.
“CERT training provides basic emergency skills needed immediately following a major disaster, when emergency services may not be available and when residents may have to rely on each other for life-saving and life-sustaining needs. CERT volunteers learn how to provide help for family and neighbors in emergency situations – whether caused by terrorism, technological disasters or severe weather. Instruction centers on disaster preparedness and response, fire safety, first aid, search and rescue techniques, and terrorism preparedness. CERT training courses are free and are scheduled throughout the year.
“More than 800 people have completed initial CERT training. These volunteers receive refresher training and help the community year-round by assisting with preparedness outreach, disaster exercises, and rapid damage assessment.”