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Jan 8

Ashburn Village

20585 Ashburn Village BlvdAshburn, VA 20147

(703) 729-0581

Welcome to the Sports Pavilion… where your neighbors gather.

Welcome to the Ashburn Village Sports Pavilion (AVSP)where you’ll find fitness and recreationalchoices for the entire family! AVSP is the hallmark of the Ashburn Villagecommunity. With more than 32,130 square feet of indoor space, the facility features both indoor and outdoor 25-Meter pools and outdoor wading pool; group fitness studio and cycle studio.The fitness floor features the latest in cardio technology and a full selection of strength training equipment. Additional amenitiesinclude, sauna and steam rooms; full-size gymnasium; racquetball, and outdoor tennis facilities that are enclosed for winter play; locker rooms; pro-shop; KidZonenursery; and a marina for non-motorized boating. The facility hosts a multitude of programs for both residents and non-residents including aquatics, community events, fitness, group exercise classes, personal and small group training, camp programs, youth programming, and indoor/outdoor tennis and so much more!

Boasting one of the largest community recreational facilities of its kind in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Association and Pavilion staff arededicated to the health and well-being of each member. Whether you have a question, need assistance with a machine, have a suggestion, or are interested in enrolling in one of the numerous program offerings, residents should feel free to contact any one of the highly qualified department managers.

Mission Statement

To create a positive, healthy environment that inspires mind, body and spirit in a safe and well maintained facility. To ensure member satisfaction via strong customer service and innovative programming through supportive and knowledgeable staff.

Vision Statement

To improve Ashburn Village residents’ health so profoundlythrough wellness, programming, and health initiativesthat good health is inherently part of the community’s culture.

Ashburn Village

Nov 25

Exercise and Fitness – Health Programs

As health care costs and life expectancies increase, our society places an increasing value on physical fitness and healthy lifestyles. More people are turning to sports and fitness professionals to assist and educate them in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

The LCCC Exercise and Fitness Program can train you to work in one of several professional roles helping people improve their personal fitness and health. Jobs can include working in cardiac rehabilitation, corporate fitness centers, health clubs, recreation centers and as a personal trainer.

National certification is highly desirable for those interested in becoming a fitness professional. There are many different certifying organizations specific to the various types of sports and activities, and their training requirements vary depending on their standards. The LCCC program recommends American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) certification, the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research examinations, National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) and Resistance Training Specialist (RTS 1,2,3).

The Exercise and Fitness program offers short-term certificates that can be earned in one semester as well as one-year certificates. Of course, you may choose to further your education beyond LCCC through our University Partnership or transfer programs.

Group Exercise Instructor


Personal Trainer

Sports and Fitness Management

Our Exercise & Fitness Program courses are designed to transfer seamlessly to these university partnership programs:

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science from University of Akron

Bachelor of Science in Sports Studies from University of Akron

LCCC is a great place to start. You can complete the first years of your education atLCCC at our lower tuition rate and then transfer your credits to another college or university to earn a bachelors or masters degree.

Learn more about how to transferLCCC credits to another college or university.

You dont have to wait to graduate from high school to start earning college credit.

The College Credit Plus program offers you an opportunity to earn college credit as early as seventh grade. Courses are frequently offered on-site at local high schools. Students may also have the option of taking LCCC classes online or on our campus. Classes taken through CCP count for both high school and college credit and are FREE for most students.

The MyUniversity program, a unique partnership between LCCC and area high schools, provides a pathway for high school students to the full college experience starting in high school!

Learn more about earning college credit in high school.

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Oct 4

Exercise Program Reviews –

The intent of our Exercise Program Review Section is to provide our users with the ability to research and evaluate the various top-rated exercise programs that are currently available and thereafter, determine which specific type of fitness program will best meet their unique personal health and fitness goals.

For ease in evaluation, the exercise program review section has been broken down into specific exercise program types.

It is important for each individual to determine the nature of their short- and long-term fitness goals prior to choosing an exercise program. In addition, it is important to choose an exercise program that meets or exceeds your current physical capabilities and/or limitations.

Upon completing and feeling comfortable with an initial exercise program, each individual will want to expand their personal fitness goals to include an even higher level of fitness. This being said, the ultimate objective is to develop a set of personal fitness goals that become an integral part of your daily lifestyle.

The review criteria for each of the exercise programs includes evaluating the overall intent of the exercise program, the primary areas worked, the length and frequency of the exercise routine, the effectiveness of the exercise program, the space and equipment requirements, the physical requirements, the customer support, and the overall cost. Finally, each review category is rated from 1-10, with 10 being the highest.

Exercise programs under this section are designed to strengthen the entire core area, reduce excess body weight, and are ideal for individuals of all fitness levels.

The advanced exercise programs are intended for individuals that are wanting to take their current level of fitness and conditioning to the next level.

The cardio and fat burning exercise programs are ideal for individuals that are looking for high energy workout routines that are designed to promote weight loss.

The exercise programs under this section are intended for individuals that enjoy performing dance oriented type movements and sequences to high energy music.

The equipment systems programs are ideal for individuals that enjoy strength training and are looking for a single piece of exercise equipment for their home.

The express exercise programs are intended for individuals that are on a tight time schedule but still want to perform a comprehensive workout routine.

The extreme exercise programs are designed for individuals that are in good shape and enjoy performing aggressive workouts that target the entire body.

The getting started programs are intended for individuals that have not exercised in a while and are looking to begin an exercise routine to improve their overall health.

The specialty programs are designed for expectant mothers and individuals with some form of physical limitation that requires a less aggressive workout.

The strength exercise programs are intended for individuals that are looking to increase their lean muscle density, overall muscle mass, and strength.

The weight loss programs are designed to burn a higher number of calories and promote safe and effective weight loss while toning and sculpting the entire body.

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Sep 6

UWA’s exercise science program receives national recognition – Meridian Star

LIVINGSTON, Ala.The National Strength and Conditioning Association has just named the University of West Alabama an NSCA Recognized School, giving its stamp of approval for the Education Recognition Program (ERP).

The recognition as an NSCA ERP Recognized Undergraduate Strength and Conditioning Program is for UWAs exercise science program offered in the physical education and athletic training department. This recognition adds distinction to degrees awarded in the academic program and also offers exceptional benefits to schools and students affiliated.

According to the NSCA, the ERP helps ensure excellence for students in the classroom, as well as long-term professional success after graduation. The NSCA awards such recognition to schools that have a demonstrated commitment through curricula that prepares students for NSCA certification.

For more than 35 years, the NSCA has been a leader in building stronger professionals within the strength and conditioning industry, and Dr. James Robinson, an associate professor of exercise science, this milestone is a step in a forward direction for the growing program.

Exercise science has seen tremendous growth over the past six years, explained Robinson, who also serves as director of UWAs exercise physiology lab. I expect exercise science to reach the 200-student mark by fall 2018. This growth is due to the commitment from the department and the University to student career development. My mission is for every exercise science student to be employed in the field and well-prepared for graduate school immediately upon graduation.

Benefits of the recognition include discounts on certification exams and clinics, student memberships, and premier access to growth opportunities through NSCA, like grants and scholarships, and internship and assistantship programs. The recognition is valid for a three-year period expiring in March of 2020.

UWAs exercise science program is designed to prepare students who are seeking careers in corporate and clinical settings. These may include strength and conditioning coaches, physical therapy, cardiac rehabilitation, occupational therapy, hospital-based wellness programs, health/fitness instructors, sport training programs, corporate or health club director, and a slate of other fitness and health related opportunities.

The academic major includes 60 combined hours of coursework in exercise science, along with biology, physical education, chemistry and physics. An exercise science minor is also offered at UWA.

For more information on UWAs Exercise Science program, contact Dr. James Robinson at or 205-652-3441, or apply online at

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Sep 6

YMCA offers many ways to join or reconnect this fall – Journal Gazette and Times-Courier

Fall is a great time to join or reconnect with the Mattoon Area Family YMCA. Besides the return of many seasonal programs, September is a chance to join the Y without paying a Joining Fee. To give back to our community, we will offer a Membership Special Sept. 5 through Sept. 30. This is up to a $75 savings for a family joining the Y. At the Mattoon Y you will also find that you never sign a contract to have a membership and there are no hidden fees with a Y membership.

Why join now? The Mattoon YMCA recently collaborated with Sarah Bush Lincolns Center for Healthy Living to offer more opportunities to our community. When signing up for a Mattoon Y membership, you now have an option to also workout within the Center for Healthy Living located on the campus of Sarah Bush Lincoln Hospital. This new option for Y members adds convenience for potential members who live east of Mattoon or in Charleston.

Another great reason to join the Y is the Wellness Incentive programs offered to keep members engaged in healthy living. Only at the Y will you find Healthy Start. Programs such as Healthy Start offer an opportunity to learn more about nutrition, proper exercise technique, reading food labels, stress management and sleep habits. Over the eight weeks of the program, a certified personal trainer will meet with members in a small group setting twice a week. Other upcoming Wellness Incentive Programs: the NEW Total-Y Wellness which will include emotional, intellectual, physical, social and spiritual strength. Another popular Wellness Program is Hold Your Weight which will help hold you accountable over the holidays. Visit with Y staff to learn more about these programs.

Only at the Y will you find something for everyone and this includes the youth. Seasonal programs such as Hang Time and Dance 101 return in September and are included in the price of a membership. Hang Time offers a fun activity for youth in K-6th grades four nights a week within the YMCA. This program allows parents time to enjoy their own workout while the kids are entertained and involved in a healthy activity, which may include small group activities, crafts, games and gym time.

Only at the Y will you find Membership for All. The staff at the YMCA believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to belong. With Membership for All, an applicants membership rates are based on income level making membership an affordable option. The application for Membership for All is simple and the information provided is kept confidential.

Only at the Y will you find a variety of classes for all fitness levels. Fitness classes offer opportunity to get fit, find motivation and meet new people who will inspire you. Classes offer a welcoming environment and the staff encourages you to try several classes to find one that you enjoy.

Only at the Y will you find that family fitness is valued. With opportunities such as open swim and open gym time, families find opportunities to strengthen their bond and grow together.

At the Y, strengthening our community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, thrive and grow.

To learn more about the Mattoon Y or to join the Y, stop in at 221 N. 16th Street, Mattoon. The staff may also be reached at 217-234-9494.

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Sep 6

Hate to Work Out? Your DNA May Be to Blame – Ravalli Republic

TUESDAY, Sept. 5, 2017 (HealthDay News) — If a gym visit elicits more grimaces than grins, you might be genetically predisposed to dislike exercise, Dutch researchers suggest.

The notion that at least part of a penchant for enjoying exercise — or not — may be inherited came from tracking the exercise habits and feelings of several hundred sets of identical twins, fraternal twins, and non-twin siblings between the ages of 12 and 25.

The study team further found that people who enjoyed working out spent more time doing so. And that raises the prospect that new interventions might eventually help boost exercise pleasure among those who’ve inherited a bias against it.

“Despite the persistent general belief that exercise makes everyone feel better, this is not always the case,” said study lead author Nienke Schutte.

“There are large differences in how people feel during and after exercise,” Schutte said. She’s a postdoctoral researcher in the department of public and occupational health with the VU Medical Center in Amsterdam.

“In our study,” she added, “we submitted healthy adolescent twin pairs to a 20-minute exercise test on a cycle and a 20-minute exercise test on a treadmill. During and after the exercise tests, we asked them to indicate how they felt.”

And in the end, Schutte said, “we showed that up to 37 percent of the differences in the subjective experience of exercise was due to genetics.”

The study included 115 pairs of identical twins, 111 pairs of fraternal twins and 35 of their non-twin siblings. All of the study volunteers completed a 20-minute stationary bike ride and a 20-minute treadmill run. Both were characterized as “non-vigorous,” although an additional bike ride had participants (which also included six non-twin sibling pairs) ride until they were exhausted.

During each ride and run participants were asked to describe how good or bad they felt, and whether the workout made them energetic, lively, jittery or tense. Lifestyle interviews were also conducted to gauge routine exercise habits.

In the end, the research team estimated that genetic predisposition accounted for anywhere between 12 to 37 percent of the variations seen in exercise enjoyment. And the more a person said they enjoyed exercising, the more often they routinely worked out.

That said, the study authors stressed that what they identified for now is simply an association between exercise pleasure and genetics, rather than a definitive case of cause and effect.

But “an important conclusion is that a one-size-fits-all approach to get people to exercise might not be very effective,” Schutte said. “Now we know that how you feel during and shortly after an exercise bout is heritable, we can look for the actual genes that are involved.”

And successful identification of such genes could mean that “in the future, depending on your genetic profile, interventions [could] be tailored to set realistic person-specific exercise goals,” she added.

James Maddux is an emeritus professor in psychology with George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. He said that “the findings make sense,” in his opinion.

“And given the accumulating research findings on the role of genes in individual differences among people on biological and psychological factors [such as] intelligence, personality [or] self-control, I’m not at all surprised,” he added.

Maddux also suggested that the mere acknowledgement of a genetic underpinning to exercise enjoyment could end up being of practical benefit, even without knowing which specific genes are involved.

“You don’t need to identify the genes that may be partly responsible for individual differences in the experience of pleasure and pain during exercise in order to use descriptions of those individual differences to design individualized exercise programs,” he said.

What’s more, said Maddux, “knowing that there is a genetic contribution may help the high-exercise-discomfort person engage in less self-blame, which can be demoralizing and discouraging. In fact, this could be useful information for personal trainers to pass along to their high-discomfort clients. It could help both of them be a little more patient.”

The study was published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

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Sep 6

Long a ‘Dreamer’ critic, Sessions announces program’s demise – Yahoo News

WASHINGTON (AP) When President Donald Trump scrapped a program benefiting young people who entered the U.S. illegally as children, he left the announcement to the member of his Cabinet who had railed against it the longest and loudest.

It was Attorney General Jeff Sessions, rather than Trump, who stood behind a podium Tuesday and told a bank of television cameras that the program that shielded more than 800,000 young immigrants from deportation was “an unconstitutional exercise of authority” that must be revoked.

“Simply put, if we are to further our goal of strengthening the constitutional order and the rule of law in America, the Department of Justice cannot defend this type of overreach,” Sessions said, reading from prepared remarks during a briefing at the Justice Department where he refused to take reporters’ questions.

Trump made a campaign promise to end protections for the young immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, which benefits youths whose parents brought them to the U.S. illegally as children or whose families overstayed visas. But as president, he has expressed sympathy for the participants, sometimes called “Dreamers,” and struggled with the decision. Trump notably chose not to be the face of Tuesday’s announcement. But Sessions, an immigration hardliner who had been urging the president to fulfill his campaign promise, seemed willing.

During last year’s presidential campaign, the two men bonded over their hawkish views on immigration, and Sessions became the first senator to endorse Trump. In taking to the podium himself, Sessions provided another reminder of his loyalty to Trump’s core agenda and to the president himself. It was a sign that tensions between the two are easing after a summer in which Trump publicly berated him in interviews and on social media, incensed over his decision to recuse himself from a probe into Russia’s meddling into the election.

As a senator, Sessions was a leading force against efforts to ease immigration restrictions. He relentlessly opposed comprehensive immigration reform in 2013, and fought against a 2010 bill that would have offered a path to citizenship to some young people living in the United States illegally.

“This bill would create an incentive for future illegality since Congress would be sending a message that we have effectively given up enforcement of our immigration laws and instead seek to reward those who enter the country illegally,” Sessions said of the bill at the time, warning that it would cost Americans jobs and “provide legal shelter for criminal aliens.”

Now at the head of the Justice Department, he has new power to shape America’s immigration policy. Sessions said the department had urged Trump to wind down the DACA program ahead of a threatened court challenge from Republican state officials. He told Trump he did not want the Justice Department to defend DACA in court and did not believe it could do so successfully.

Sessions made the announcement instead of Trump because “it was a legal decision, and that would fall to the attorney general,” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said.

But it was clear Sessions’ opposition went beyond concern about a possible legal challenge. He called the Obama administration program an “open-ended circumvention of immigration laws” that had “contributed to a surge of unaccompanied minors on the southern border that yielded terrible humanitarian consequences” and cost Americans jobs. DACA supporters reject those claims.

“We’ve been hearing this sort of stuff from Jeff Sessions for decades,” said Adam Luna, a spokesman for United We Dream, whose members protested outside the Justice Department on Tuesday. “It’s just same old, same old boilerplate.”

The Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that pushes for strict immigration policies, had grown concerned when Trump did not immediately end DACA. But the organization that long saw an ally in Sessions was reassured by his involvement, Government Relations Director Rob Law said.

“Clearly his guidance and that of other key staffers has really continued turning the campaign promises into actual results,” he said.

Still, it’s unclear whether Sessions wanted a total and immediate end to the program or if he was satisfied by the administration’s compromise. Trump is giving Congress six months to come up with a legislative fix “should it choose to,” Sessions said before the government stops renewing permits for people already covered by the program.

“We firmly believe this is the responsible path,” he said.


Associated Press writer Jonathan Lemire contributed to this report.

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Sep 6

Lovell Town Column: Lovell United Church of Christ to host harvest supper Sept. 8 – Conway Daily Sun

Don’t forget the Lovell United Church of Christ harvest supper will be on Friday, Sept. 8, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Along with the corned beef, there will be enough veggies to satisfy everyone. The price is $10 for adults and $4 for children under 12.

Sunday school begins on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 9 a.m. For more information, contact the Sunday school director at (207) 928-2080.

Just a reminder, church hours reverted back to Sunday at 10:30 a.m. as of Sept. 3.

Congratulations Pastor Lois Amidon

I’d like congratulate Pastor Lois Amidon on her Ordination to the Ministry of God. When looking for a place for a fiber farm she looked in an area she was familiar to since she was a youngster. Settled in, she starting attending the Lovell United Church of Christ. Then Pastor Allison Jacobs, upon learning of Lois’s seminary degree from Andover-Newton Theological School, made the recommendation to the Oxford-Union Association invite her to become a member in discernment. She served the Chatham church for a year. When Pastor Allison Jacobs resigned Lois was fortunate to be asked by Lovell United Church of Christ to be their pastor.

Knowing the congregation it is a perfect fit. God bless Lois in your calling.

Library news

The folks in this area are so fortunate to have the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library and it is shown by the 60 volunteers who helped make the Arts and Artisan Fair such a huge success. Under the direction of Rondi Stearns, this fundraiser, including the artisans, the raffle, the food and the used books made a $12,000 dent in the library budget. A big thanks to all that pitched in and helped.

Now that summer is over, the library will revert back to the so called winter schedule, which means that the library will be closed on Tuesday starting Sept. 12 and many of the programs will resume their winter hours.

The adult book discussion group will be starting up on Monday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. The first book for discussion will be Ernest Hemingway’s “The Old Man and the Sea.” This was his last work of fiction before he died, which he was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Later, it was made into a movie. Next month, the library will join in the One Book One Valley and reading the chosen book, “The One-in-a-Million Boy” by Monica Wood. There are books available free of charge at the library.

It’s always fun to sit and listen to others tell stories, like when you were a kid. The story swap program will begin on Friday, Sept. 15, from noon to 1:30 p.m. The subject for the stories will be “falling.” The first one I can think of is falling in love we all do it. Or falling down. That’s what the older folks worry about. Put on your thinking cap and join the group for fun and originality. A five-minute piece picked out of a hat will go well with your bagged lunch.

Lovell Rec

A reminder that the Adult Exercise program starts early this fall on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 8:30 a.m. at the VFW Hall.

In other news, the Lovell Rec will be running a calendar with prizes for each day of the month. This fundraiser is for playground equipment for the athletic field. Sheets with the item up for raffle can be found in local stores, post office and library. The cost of one ticket is $10 with names drawn for each day on the month. Fun yes?

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Sep 6

How Soon Can I Train After an Injury? – (blog)

By Saul Guznay | Sept. 05, 2017, 2:36 p.m. (ET)

Whether its your first or your 10th time dealing with injury, we all want to get back to training as soon as possible. For many triathletes, our sport is therapy, quiet time and even a way to socialize. So when we find out we have to reduce or even completely stop training, its a strange feeling. Depending on the kind of injury you have, the turnaround time can be from a few days to a few months. Yet, the approach is the same and maybe this article can help give some insight.

Here are four common types of injuries that multisport athletes encounter and approaches to recovery. Keep in mind that your current fitness level, age and the area of injury play huge parts in the recovery process and shouldnt be ignored. Remember to consult your primary physician or sports doctor for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.

Ligaments, tendons and muscles have amazing tensile strength when you think about what they do during exercise. However, when they are pushed past their flexibility limits or not properly warmed up, they can get injured. Unless youre told by your doctor theres a tear present, the recovery is on a week-to-week basis depending on the area of the body. For ligaments in the ankle, it might take longer because theres reduced blood flow to the area and chances are you are on your feet so its not getting absolute rest. For minor muscle strains, the recovery might be quicker if its in the upper body, but reduced exercise intensity and massage helps speed up the process. Foam rolling, light stretching and therapy exercises using elastic tubing are appropriate as long as there is no pain in the area. Complete inactivity isnt suggested because muscles become tighter and atrophy can set in. The idea is to bring blood flow to the area, not to work on increasing strength.

Physical therapy is usually not needed in cases like these unless the doctor recommends it. Being patient and listening to your body is the best bet. Taking it much slower in this part will help you be speedy on race day!

Im referring to issues such as stress fractures, bone bruises and tendinitis in this section. Outside of hitting your head in the pool or falling off your bike, running is a big cause for injury because of repetitive ground impact. It happens to professionals and age-groupers alike. Some athletes over train and some athletes under rest. Both groups dont allow the bones and their connective tissue enough recovery time to get stronger for the next training session. Stress fractures in the metatarsals and shin bone are quite common and if you have the starting stages or already have a stress fracture, its not wise to continue running. Its not worth being out of commission for months wearing a boot. Even if you dont completely break the bone, you might be suggested to wear an air cast just to minimize the amount of pressure when walking.

When it comes to training, more isnt always better. Depending on your individual training regimen, we each have a limit to what we can handle in the swim, bike and run. Just because swimming and biking eliminate much impact from the joints, there can still be issues. If youve developed overuse injuries in the neck and shoulders (biking and swimming) or pain in the hips and lower back (biking), consider lowering the training volume and hitting the gym to bring the body back to neutral. For swimming, this can involve strengthening opposing muscles not used such as the rhomboids and pecs, working the external rotators, and even neck strengthening exercises. For biking, this can involve doing hip flexor, abdominal and pec stretching in addition to strengthening the lumbar muscles with exercises like the Romanian deadlift. We want to finish with a strong run and that relies on a relaxed, tall posture.

Unknowingly, practice makes perfect is a phrase that leads many people to injury. In their efforts to improve quickly, proper technique is often a secondary thought. In swimming and running especially, efficient technique not only prevents wasted energy but minimizes compensatory muscles from doing the major work. Improper bike fit (i.e. seat/handlebar height, crank arm length, aerobar position) is also another way people develop overuse injuries after only a few months of training.

Many of these issues require the help of a competent coach and/or bike fitter. Its a minimal investment when compared to the time and energy cost of missing weeks worth of training when your body says no more. Tackling these issues as well as having a well periodized program that accounts for training volume is fundamental to having a successful triathlon season. Remember, everyone is a little different so if you have any questions, ask a USA Triathlon Certified Coach to get started in the right direction.

Saul Guznay, M.S., is a New Jersey-based strength coach who earned an IRONMAN Bronze AWA status (2016) and still competes in Olympic-distance triathlon. His experience working with general, athletic and youth populations in the fitness industry has helped him become a sought-after coach. At Exercise Lab Multisport, there are many programs that can help you perform your best. More info can be found at

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and not necessarily the practices of USA Triathlon. Before starting any new diet or exercise program, you should check with your physician and/or coach.

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Sep 5

Senior Center Month helps promote active lifestyles – Herald Palladium

This is not your grandparents senior center.

That is the message that many centers here and around the country are conveying during National Senior Center Month in September.

If I could dispel one notion it would be that senior centers are for old people, said Kathryn Ender, director of the Greater Niles Senior Center, who prefers to refer to the sites as activities centers. We have a lot to show people.

As baby boomers begin to retire, they are looking for ways to stay active and involved, and are finding their local senior centers are a good place to start, according to Cindi McLaughlin, director of the St. Joseph-Lincoln center.

In the last quarter, her location saw a 45 percent increase in participation in exercise classes and a 35 percent uptick in overall attendance, McLaughlin said. Some exercise classes draw up to 70 and 80 people at a time. The center maintains a database of 3,100 names and sends its monthly newsletter to 2,100 addresses.

In fact, the demand is growing so much that the St. Joseph-Lincoln site is looking at expanding its building, and has been working with Andrews University students to review ideas, such as an outdoor walking track, McLaughlin said.

Ender said the Niles center sends newsletters to 4,000 residents, and sees an average of 100 people a day come through the door.

Berrien County has seven senior centers supported by tax dollars: Benton Harbor-Benton Township, Buchanan, Central County in Berrien Springs, North Berrien in Coloma, and River Valley, along with St. Joseph-Lincoln and Niles. Residents who are 60 or over, or who have a spouse over that age, are eligible to join.

McLaughlin agreed that there is a misconception that the centers are places where people sit around and play bridge and bingo. Those popular activities are still enjoyed, but they are the tip of the iceberg as to what is offered, she said.

A lot of people dont realize what we have here, McLaughlin said. A lot of people dont even know we exist.

Programs that help members stay fit and flexible are increasingly in demand. Along with daily exercise sessions, theSt. Joseph location added a full circuit weight room in April.

Member Phyllis Herod said the exercise classes help her stay active in her daily life.

If you dont use it, you lose it, Herod said.

Along with the exercise classes twice a week, Herod participates in the Stitch and Chat group. She admits that its probably more chat than stitch, as the members create colorful crocheted items that are sold to help support programs. Herod also takes part in a quilting group, a book discussion group and volunteers at the front desk four days a week.

McLaughlin said that with only six paid staff, the center greatly relies on its senior volunteers to keep things running. It employs 31 volunteer drivers that transport members to and from the center, as well as medical and other appointments.

The transportation service is probably one of the programs best-kept secrets, McLaughlin said. The center has a Friendship Garden raised beds that members maintain

The center also offers day trips to Chicago for theater performances and baseball games, along with overnight excursions such as Mackinac Island and as far away as Cape Cod. They even have a mystery trip, where the destination is kept secret.

Ender said she has worked with older residents for 30 years, and has seen a shift toward requests for more dynamic activities among newer members.

At Niles, that has included yoga, line dancing, cardio drumming and zumba exercises. Some county centers offer Tai Chi.

Ender said the centers are sources of reliable information that residents need as they get older. The Niles location provides assistance in enrolling in Medicare, as well as advice on filing taxes and applying for Social Security benefits.

Many people just come to socialize, McLaughlin said. Her center has even seen romances and marriages spring up.

Participants can learn lessons in positive aging from longtime members.

Arden Pridgeon, 93, attends the St. Joseph-Lincoln center, located in a former elementary school on Lincoln Avenue that his four children attended. He calls it his second home, where he takes part in exercise classes three days a week, and a walking club two days a week.

That pace apparently gives Pridgeon, a decorated World War II veteran, the motivation and energy to continue his other activities outside the center, which include the Lions Club, serving as a founding board member with Lest We Forget and assisting with Hospice for Veterans. This year he received theMargaret B. Upton Volunteer Leadership Award.

Josephine Smith began attending the St. Joseph center after she retired as administrative assistant for the Benton Harbor-St. Joseph Waste Water Treatment Plant. Her doctor recommended that she exercise every day.

I thought no way, Smith said, but now she goes from one class to the next.

Its a great place to be, Smith said. Come and see and do what you can.

The theme of the National Council on Agings Senior Center Month is Masters of Aging. The organizations website points out that 76 million baby boomers have been given an unprecedented gift of health and time; but to a great extent, older adults do not make the most of this phase of life.

The council offers an Aging Mastery Program designed to encourage behaviors that lead to improved health, stronger economic security, enhanced well-being, and increased societal participation.

In recognition of Senior Center Month, McLaughlin said her location is conducting a survey of its members on how participation has had a positive impact on their lives and how they have been enriched, engaged, enlightened and empowered.

Three winners will have their comments recognized, she said.

Ender said her center doesnt have anything in particular planned to recognize the month, and will just continue to grow and adapt to meet the needs of its members.

Here every month is senior center month, Ender said.

Information on the Aging Mastery Program is

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