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Bodybuilder uses knowledge and power to help others

From Left to Right: Casey Phillips, Tricia Rich, Dave Rich, and Besty Farmer

By Meagan McGone
For Dave Rich, bodybuilding is a way to maintain control in his life.
"It's a test of self," the 45-year-old Satellite Beach resident said. "You can't control business or the weather, but this is something that's totally on you."
Mr. Rich has been training for bodybuilding on and off for 10 years, winning titles in over-40 masters and open-class middleweight categories. His most recent competition, the All South Bodybuilding Championship, in St. Augustine, qualified him to compete for a national title in Pittsburgh next year.
His wife, Tricia, is also a fitness competitor. She has been participating in the sport for two years.
"I saw Dave compete and started to train and diet with him," she said. "I thought, 'this is hard but not unattainable.'"
Also placing in statewide competitions, Mrs. Rich said that bodybuilding is a goal that the two help each other work toward.
The couple began a campaign to assist individuals looking to live a fit lifestyle but struggle to find time for healthy meals. As the owners of Pappagallos, an Italian restaurant in Satellite Beach, Mr. and Mrs. Rich offer nutritional to-go meals, which are made fresh daily and mimic their own bodybuilding training diet.
"People complain that when they are on diets, it's hard to find to-go options," Mr. Rich said. "Eating healthy is time consuming, but this is a great alternative."
The meals are prepared and ready for customers to pick up in a pinch. Ranging from $7.99 to $8.99, each meal contains vegetables, a starch and a protein. A menu of items is available on the Pappagallos Beachside Facebook page.
Mr. Rich said he will also prepare dishes that fit into specific diets for those with the time to dine at Pappagallos.
"I hate to see people stop fitness routines because they don't have the time to eat right," he said.
In addition to helping others through food, Mr. and Mrs. Rich support local causes. Along with a few fellow bodybuilders, the couple will attend Promise in Brevard's "Hats, Heels & Handbags" fundraiser as Slender Santa and Santa's Helpers on Dec. 1 at The Petite Boutiques from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Downtown Melbourne facility. Proceeds from the event will benefit Promise in Brevard, a future housing development for people with disabilities in Brevard County.
The two-hour open house will feature hors d'oeuvres, holiday spirits and door prizes. A limited number of tickets, which cost $25 each, will be sold, with all of the sales benefitting Promise in Brevard. http://www.thepetiteboutiques.com/hats-heels-handbags-happy-hour
For more information about Dave Rich and Pappagallo's, call (321) 773-7272 (PAPA) or visit the restaurant's Facebook page; Pappagallos Beachside. Pappagallos is located at 1769 Highway A1A in Satellite Beach.
To learn more about Promise in Brevard, contact Betsy Farmer, the organization's founder, by calling (321) 536-7062, emailing betsy@promiseinbrevard.com, or visiting www.promiseinbrevard.com.