Lauren B. Thompson's Blog

Model and TV personality Lauren Thompson possesses an impressive spectrum of talent that allows for a wide range of roles.

History and Programming of the Golf Channel

On air since 1995, the Golf Channel broadcasts golf-related programming 24 hours a day. Owned by NBCUniversal, Inc., the network maintains a presence in more than 100 million households located in the United States, Canada, Asia, and Latin America.

The Golf Channel offers a range of programming that includes PGA Tour, LPGA Tour, Champions Tour, and other circuit events. The network currently serves as the exclusive cable television home for the PGA and the LPGA Tours, providing annual coverage of the FedExCup, the World Golf Championships, The Players Championship, and some 44 other PGA tournaments. Additionally, the Golf Channel features in-depth news coverage through such shows as Morning Drive and the nightly Golf Central, reality television series such as The Big Break and Pipe Dream, and entertainment programming including Golf’s Amazing Videos and Donald J. Trump’s Fabulous World of Golf.

To present its programming, the Golf Channel relies on a team of talented television personalities. Included among their ranks is Lauren Thompson, host of the network’s GolfNow travel program as well as Top 10, which ranks some of golf’s most spectacular moments, players, and other subjects. Lauren Thompson maintains an impressive background as an on-air interviewer and newscaster, having worked for TNA (Total Nonstop Action Wrestling) iMPACT! and other sports shows. Thompson contributes to an all-star broadcasting team that includes Whit Watson, the former ESPN host and current host and reporter for Golf Central, and Erik Kuselias, another previous ESPN television and radio correspondent and host who now appears on the show Morning Drive.

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August 1, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Lauren Thompson on Bikram Yoga

A successful communications professional and current host of the shows Top Ten and Destination Golf on the Golf Channel, Lauren Thompson enjoys practicing Bikram Yoga in her free time. A variant on traditional yoga popularized in the early 1970s by Bikram Choudhury, Bikram Yoga typically takes place in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity level of 40 percent. Classes generally last 90 minutes and include 26 poses and 2 breathing exercises.

Bikram Choudhury explains the benefits of his unique yoga style by citing the importance of temperature and humidity in promoting deeper stretching and reducing the risk of injury. According to Choudhury, Bikram Yoga causes the yoga practitioner to access every muscle, joint, and organ, thereby increasing circulation to all parts of the body and improving overall health. Thanks to the high heat required of a typical studio, Bikram Yoga increases circulation to muscles and joints by using a series of specific, targeted poses. Choudhury refers to two dynamics known as compression and extension. These work together to momentarily reduce circulation to a body part, cause the heart to pump more blood to the area, and release the pressure to allow fresh blood to circulate.

As with many forms of yoga, Bikram Yoga places a special emphasis on the importance of deep breathing. Choudhury, who asserts that many people use only half of their lung capacity, also believes the practice of yoga has the potential to improve oxygen absorption. Not only does yoga increase total oxygen supply, but it trains the body to use oxygen in a more efficient manner. Additionally, the heat of a typical Bikram Yoga studio facilitates the process of releasing toxins and impurities through sweat. Many people choose to practice Bikram Yoga as a means of weight loss, with one 90-minute session yielding a calorie loss of anywhere from 500 to 1,250 calories.

Bikram’s Yoga College of India, the primary organization for the practice of Bikram Yoga, sponsors and organizes the annual International Yoga Championship, one of the most visible yoga events worldwide. Participants must complete five standard poses and two poses of their choice before a panel of judges, who evaluate contestants based on balance, strength, timing, breathing, and flexibility.

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June 2, 2011 at 6:10 pm

The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children

I am proud to support the work of the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, which is located in Orlando, Florida. Listed as one of the nation’s Top 30 pediatric hospitals according to U.S. News & World Report, it is the sole hospital in Central Florida equipped with an emergency and trauma department for pediatric patients. The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children was founded due to the efforts of a dedicated group of pediatricians who saw a growing need for specialized services for women and children. In early 1980, they created the Children’s Medical Foundation of Greater Orlando, which became the Children’s Hospital Foundation shortly thereafter. Combining efforts with the Orlando Regional Medical Center, the group began planning a specialized hospital, recruiting Arnold Palmer for financial and fundraising assistance. Today, the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is physically connected to the Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, forming the Arnold Palmer Medical Center. The hospital is best known for its Center for Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders, which treats a large number of patients in coordination with the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Orlando. Taking a multidisciplinary approach to cancer, the hospital employs physicians, oncologists, nutritionists, physical therapists, and social workers. The hospital also features the Playworks playground, which provides children with a large play area, complete with pirate ship and a meditation garden was created for parents. In recent years, the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children has partnered with the Miami Children’s Hospital to create a Congenital Heart Institute, a top provider of pediatric cardiovascular services.

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September 1, 2010 at 11:47 pm

Lauren Thompson’s Blog

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Florida native Lauren Thompson currently works in Orlando and Lake Mary as the host of several prominent television shows with the Golf Channel and XOS Digital. As a host, Lauren Thompson interviews athletes, provides insight and coverage of recent games, and offers destination advice for recreational players. Since 2009, Lauren Thompson has served as the face of “Sonic March to the Championship,” “Top Ten,” “College Sports Minute,” and “Golf Destination.” In addition to her regular hosting work, Lauren Thompson holds more than ten years of experience in freelance print and television modeling. Lauren Thompson most recently appeared in advertisements for Palm Bay Chevrolet, Avectra Software, and Ron Jon Surf Shop. Lauren Thompson also garnered cover modeling positions with the Orlando Sentinel “Gold Shoot,” AXIS magazine, and Makes and Models magazine. Lauren Thompson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing and Communications from the University of Central Florida. While attending the University of Central Florida, Lauren Thompson gained admittance into the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, and remains a member to this day. Lauren Thompson also regularly supports the Orlando Humane Society and the Arnold Palmer Hospital. To book Lauren Thompson for a convention or commercial, visit http://www.theofficiallaurenbrooke.com.

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